amsterdam: waldeck bar opening

© framework studio / photography: peter baas

the dutch capital has always been known as a party town, but not one particualrly known for sophisticated establishments. but that has changed dramatically these past few years with a slew of alluring spots having popped up that wouldn't look out of place in either mayfair, saint-germain or the upper east side. and speaking of leafy neighbourhoods, amsterdam's very own equivalent would undeniably be the oud zuid district, and it's here where the city's latest design-led watering hole has just opened its doors. called waldeck, it sits strategically opposite the lush greens of vondel park along one of the quarter's main thoroughfares.

it occupies the ground floor of an early 20th century brick building with a glass annex dating from more recent times, and which allows floods of natural light into the premises. the setting, created by local practice framework studio, is a blend of mid-century design and sutble hints of art déco, and sees an elongated bar in a deep red hue with matching matching brass accents as waldeck's eye-catching centrepiece. directly opposite, inside the glass annex, cozy seating arrangements are situated below rows of brass spotlights. fluffy carpeting with a black + white banana leaf motif adds a whimsical tropical sensuality to the presmises.

the aforementioned bar is situated at the very core of the premises, and somewhat shields the lofty back section from street view. this has created ia more intimate atmosphere that's further reinforced by paneling in a matching prussian blue shade, fume-tinted mirrors and timber flooring. brass tabletops and other brass accents once again add a warm shimmer to the setting. waldeck's distinct sense of style is omnipresent, resulting in a lavatory setting patrons will undoubtedly find pleasantly matching. location: willemsparkweg 223 [amsterdam zuid].

© framework studio / photography: peter baas