In 2014, Publique opened its stylish doors on Anna Paulownaplein in one of the grandest parts of The Hague. The interior designer Robert Kolenik was asked to put his exciting stamp on this much-loved French classic.
Brothers Casper and Sjoerd Smits and their cousin Maurits Jonkman are all experienced hospitality entrepreneurs. Long time Kolenik fans, they had hoped to work with the interior designer on one of their projects. So they asked Kolenik to come up with a restaurant design. Kolenik: ‘The bistro had to be both stylish and accessible. And the deadline? Exactly eleven weeks.’ Thanks to a carefully thought-out plan, a team with long experience of working together, an enthusiastic approach and a critical eye, the interior designer was able to deliver the desired result within the required timeframe.