Dirk van Berkel (Leiden, 1955) studied Interior Design at the Royal Academy in The Hague. He has proven himself as an interior architect and designer of fucntional and aesthetic office furniture.
His work includes the design of complete interiors for projects such as the Ministry of General Affairs in the Hague, amongst others, but also the development of custom made products. Van Berkel: “My style, if you can discover it, is minimalistic. Which doesn’t mean I like a cold environment. I like the combination between old architecture and a straight interior”.
He designed NaBT, Deejay and The Wall for Lensvelt.
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Located in Moscow’s Gorky Park, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art has opened in the end of 2015 to the public for the first time.
The building, which has been designed by Rem Koolhaas’ international studio OMA architects, hosts the gallery of Russian business person and art collector Dasha Zhukova. The project sees the renovation and reuse of the 1960s Vremena Goda Pavilion, with a new program containing diverse exhibition, learning, research and event space configured to showcase the best contemporary russian culture.
The interior facilitates two levels of exhibition areas as well as a creative center for children, a shop, a café, an auditorium and a variety of offices.
The new building is a groundbreaking preservation project that has transformed the famous Seasons of the Year (Soviet Modernist restaurant built in 1968), into a contemporary museum.
The new armchairs are copies of the original 1960s. Together with the project architect of OMA Ekaterina Golovatyuk and architect Timur Shabaev, the chairs were produced by Lensvelt Contract specially for the museum café and restaurant. Large 1960’s armchairs are deliberately chosen for the atmosphere to relax the guests, the tables are moved a little further apart so that everyone can talk freely without loud music. On the backside, the armchairs with large zippers are designed to store the folders in a slipcover. The choice of the two different upholstery was accomplished with Suzanne Demisch from New York.
Architecten: OMA, www.oma.eu
Photograper: Rochan Kumar Assistant of General Director LLC Park Development.