The home of Viktor & Rolf’s Rolf Snoeren is an art wonderland, thanks to the creativity of his friend designer, Job Smeets, the founder of Studio Job. A modern penthouse in Amsterdam, where the bold product-design firm, youthful memories of Efteling (the biggest theme park in the Netherlands), bring this playful and fantastic style home to life.
It’s impossible to wake up in a bad mood when one is surrender with art and daring and fun creations. For the famous designer, the motto for this project was that “Not everybody needs to live in a modernist white box.”
Job Smeets has never left childish things behind and tries to keep his inner child alive. For this modern penthouse, he wanted to bring the style of Viktor & Rolf fashion, to the design of the artsy. Even though Smeets specializes in “making things” instead of interior design when the friends were talking about the modern penthouse, he immediately accepted the job!
It’s a celebration of our friendshipSnoeren
After an 18-month renovation, the modern penthouse was ready in March 2020, days before the pandemic started. Nearly every element that composes this artsy home, from checkerboard pattern glass panels to the button-tufted daybed was conceived by Smeets. This is more than a typical interior design project, is a celebration of friendship.
It may not be the most functional kitchen, but for people who don’t cook, it’s a beautiful kitchenJob Smeets
A true wonderland was created inside this home. The front door makes sure the irreverent style is written in every detail, made of shiny brown resin textured with a hearty three-dimensional wood grain it seems like it takes one off the hinges of a Playmobil fort. In the main living room, the star is a gas fireplace, fronted by a gaping bronze mouth, flames flickering behind bared teeth.
The modern penthouse is a largely open-plan apartment, on the other hand, stretches across one floor, and offers city views that take in the late-19th-century church where the couple married three years ago.
I told Job we would give him carte blanche, so maybe it might not have been a good idea. Creating crazy and stunning is easy for him, but creating warmth, which Brandon wanted, is a bit more of a challenge.Snoeren
The result was spot on. The designer achieved the best f both worlds: O’Dell got the comfort and softness he desired, and the craziness and stunning environments are also present!
The custom-made staircase next to the dining area leads to a fire-engine-red roof terrace shaped like a heart. Due to UNESCO restrictions for Amsterdam’s canal area, the terrace is not visible from the street.
It does make me laugh. I’m not the happiest person in the world, generally, so when a house can bring you happiness, that’s really something.