Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 17Photo by Inga Powilleit.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Yellowtrace 03Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Yellowtrace 01Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Yellowtrace 04Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Yellowtrace 12Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 14Photo by Inga Powilleit.

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 15Photo by Inga Powilleit.

 

There are many things to love about Amsterdam: its great canals, the bike culture, the gorgeous cityscape and the adorable houseboats. Not to forget, the friendly locals and the stroopwafels that melt in your mouth like little spots of sunshine. If the city had a resumé, there wouldn’t be space to fit anymore. Not that that would stop it from adding to its already stellar list of attractions. One of the latest in said list is Capital Kitchen, a new restaurant conceived by multi-talented artist and style icon Maarten Spruyt. The place is unlike any other in the city, pivoting on the concept of “the inner self”, and brimming with curiosities inspired by the human body.

As far as design decisions were concerned, Maarten was given carte blanche to design the interior decor in line with his own vision. This inspired him to invite fellow artists and creatives to collaborate on the space. Artist Joep van Lieshout, for example, was responsible for the showstopper sculpture above the main bar: a deconstructed human skeleton—christened ‘The Being’—symbolising exposure of the inner self.

But that was just the beginning.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Yellowtrace 06Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Yellowtrace 08Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Tiago Rosado Yellowtrace 09Photo by Tiago Rosado.

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 18Photo by Inga Powilleit.

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Yellowtrace 07Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Artist Rotganzen Yellowtrace 28‘Quelle Fête’, the melted disco ball by Dutch-American designer collective Rotganzen. Photo courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Artist Folkert De Jong Cleaning Yellowtrace 24

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Artist Maria Roosen Adem Yellowtrace 27‘Cleaning’ by artist Folkert De Jong (left). ‘Adem’ by artist Maria Roosen. Photos courtesy of Maarten Spruyt.

 

For Maarten, the idea was to manifest the inner self everywhere: from the menus to the tabletops to the walls and ceilings and floors. “From the moment you read the menu, neurons in your brain are activated. The tabletops, too, are highly magnified, down to the cellular level, with images of the oesophagus, the pancreas, the liver and even the genitals,” he says. For the design of the chairs—each one with a unique backrest—Maarten tapped artist and designer, Maarten Baas, whose work is exhibited at some of the world’s leading museums, including MoMA, as well as Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum and Rijksmuseum. The execution for these chairs was done by Lensvelt.

Some things don’t have—or need—an explanation: the melted disco ball above the balustrade on the mezzanine is a case in point. Named ‘Quelle Fête’, they are by Dutch-American designer collective Rotganzen, their curious shape a nod to the amorphous nature of the human mind. Other novelties include the watercolour ‘van de Moeder en van de adem’ [Mother and the breath of life] by Maria Roosen; branches emerging from a human form by Juul Kraijer; Jan Eric Visser‘s organic work transforming household waste, and Esther Hoogendyk‘s artwork made of concrete. Each presents Mother Nature in a unique avatar.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 20Photo by Inga Powilleit.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 21Photo by Inga Powilleit.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 16Photo by Inga Powilleit.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 22Photo by Inga Powilleit.

 

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 19Photo by Inga Powilleit.

Maarten Spruyt Capital Kitchen Restaurant Amsterdam Artist Esther Hoogendijk Photo Inga Powilleit Yellowtrace 23Wall sculpture by artist Esther Hoogendijk. Photo by Inga Powilleit.

 

For Maarten, the primary aim was to leave more space for art, something of a challenge given the limited wall space available. “There was also a clear demand for locally sourced and sustainable cuisine. This inspired me to go back to pared-back tones and materials: white walls to reflect the light, a salmon pink staircase, and stainless steel for the open-plan kitchen,” he says. Evidently, with all the stripping back and laying bare, it was an object lesson on “the inner self” well delivered.

 

Click to read full article & see all images

| The article Curiosity Central: Capital Kitchen in Amsterdam by Maarten Spruyt. appeared first on Yellowtrace. |

©