Can you tell us what this room is about?
In this special room I emphasize the strong relationship between Volkshotel and Amsterdam. I did this not only by literally bringing the city into the room, but also by inviting the guests to explore the city in a different and new way. The connection becomes clear in the interior of the special room, which is made of objects and materials that I find on the streets of Amsterdam. These materials were once part of the city, but they were discarded. By bringing these items together in a new way, I not only strengthen the bond between the interior and exterior of the hotel, but I also encourage the guests to explore the beauty of Amsterdam as it is; raw and unpolished
How did you come up with the concept for this room?
My fascination for found materials arose from my work as a designer. I like to work with found materials because the search and the use often lead to unexpected results. On one hand, the search is a great way to explore the city. On the other hand, the items I find give me new ideas. By exploring the city this way, you start to look at your surroundings in a different way. You meet a lot of other interesting people and you often find yourself in unexpected places.
What would you like people to remember about this room when they left the hotel?
With these « worthless » materials I want people to question themselves what is valuable. Furthermore, I hope I can make the guest curious about the locations and the neighborhoods of Amsterdam where I found the things. By ‘getting lost’ in the city, you discover the beauty of Amsterdam as it is, off the beaten track.
Photos by Debbie Trouerbach