‘A typical Amsterdam apartment’ is how the interior designer Robert Kolenik describes this apartment in Amsterdam city centre, which comprises the upper three floors of a building. Having lived and worked abroad for years, the owner asked Kolenik to come up with an interior design for his apartment. ‘Homes in the city centre are limited in terms of size’, the designer explains, ‘so the challenge is to create functional space that retains a luxurious, homely feel.’

As part of his concept, the first thing that interior designer Robert Kolenik did was to design a large wall unit to link together all the spaces in the apartment naturally.

In narrower or smaller spaces, most people tend to use smaller pieces of furniture. ‘I do the opposite’, Kolenik explains. ‘By putting in larger pieces, I emphasise a sense of spaciousness in the home. The floating block in dark oak creates a line in the apartment that visually enlarges the space.’

The seating area is a symbiosis of colour and style. The living room design features modern furniture, most notably two Minotti armchairs with backs of dark grey leather, and insides upholstered in subtle grey suede. Standing opposite them is a four metre-long Hamilton sofa, also by Minotti. The coffee table is fashioned from bronze and marble. ‘The side table and the coffee table are closely matched. Their luxury materials link up to the finishes on the wall cabinet’, Kolenik explains.