|Project Name||Pompen & Verlouw||Posted in||Restaurants, Design, Interior Design||Location||
Located in Den Bosch, a picturesque Dutch town in the south of the country, Pompen & Verlouw is a new, all-day restaurant designed by Amsterdam-based Studio 34 South that takes its name from the 1930s garage that used to occupy the spot. Offering guests brunch and dinner locally inspired menus based on fresh, seasonal ingredients, as well as coffee, refreshments and pre-dinner aperitifs, the venue is all about bringing people together in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With this in mind, the designers have created a signature look that both embodies the restaurant’s character and references the building’s industrial past.
Named after the 34° parallel south which connects Sydney and Buenos Aires, the home cities of the studio’s founders, Samantha Ellinson and Chechi Valentine respectively, Studio 34 South is characterised by an emphasis on vibrant colours and natural materials, and a dedication to smart functionality. Inspired by the building’s past incarnation as a garage back in the days when cars were still a product of both industrialization and craftsmanship, the designers have played with these two juxtaposing aesthetics to create an interior that feels both hand-crafted and sleek.
The interior design harmoniously combines materials which were found on site, namely tiles, concrete and steel, with more refined options such as polished wood and soft leather that reference the car interiors of yesteryear. “In the 1930s”, as the two designers explain, “car interiors were luxurious, crafted and tailored. Leather seating, curved forms and wood details softened the experience of driving a machine”. Transplanted into a restaurant setting, these elegant finishes not only convey a luxuriant sensibility but also playfully contrast with those unrefined elements salvaged from the building’s industrial heritage, while constituting altogether a warm and textured palette.
At the restaurant’s core is a bar whose gentle curves and glossy red wood counter allude to a vintage steering wheel. Stitched leather panels, also in red, and a vintage brass foot rail further echo the sumptuous interiors of 1930s automobiles. The bar’s warm, earthy colour palette is picked up throughout the space, from the red timber bar stools and cherry steel table legs, to the brownish terrazzo table tops and the tawny hues of the leather upholstery and salvaged tiles, providing cohesion despite the presence of contrasting textures. The infusion of reds and browns is balanced out by concrete floors, white corrugated metal wall panels and exposed bricks, creating a lush, embracing interior that imbue the space with a sense of vibrancy throughout the day.