An Industrial Designer’s Cool, Contemporary Amsterdam Home Boasts His Own Patterned Fabric Designs

updated Apr 30, 2019

An Industrial Designer’s Cool, Contemporary Amsterdam Home Boasts His Own Patterned Fabric Designs

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Joost Janszen and Martijn
Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Size: 861 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

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When Joost and Martijn checked out this apartment three years ago, they fell for the bright living area with its lovely canal view. It’s the perfect backdrop for the colorful interior, filled with their own creations and beautiful vintage finds.

Joost studied industrial design at the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven and has worked in various creative fields ever since. With a love for fashion, art, and design he likes to experiment with materials, graphics, and colors. He has a particular passion for creating fabrics, as one can witness from the self-made bright yellow sofa covers with the striking pattern. Or the yellow 3D throw in the guest room that could also double as a rug!

Among the many DIYs, the kitchen is the couple’s proudest achievement. “A carpenter did the actual building,” says Joost, “but it’s wholly our own design and we’re so pleased with how it turned out.” And rightfully so: the result is fresh and playful, with nifty details like the red and yellow speckles in the gray epoxy floor.

An uncle of Martijn’s sadly passed away, but his work lives on in their home; most paintings and prints throughout the apartment are his creation. This eye-catching mix of heirlooms, DIY, vintage pieces, and daring colors provides the blueprint for the couple’s very personal home. Joosts urges: “Remain true to your own style and don’t be afraid to experiment.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Graphic and colorful. Cut and paste. Mix and not match.

Inspiration: Mid-century graphic art and design. Contemporary fashion. Or Charles Le Corbusier meets Jonny Johansson.

Favorite Element: Upholstered sofas with my own print.

Biggest Challenge: To mold our surroundings so both of us feel at home.

What Friends Say: It’s true to our style.

Biggest Embarrassment: Painting our ceiling with the wrong kind of paint due to a mix-up at the hardware store. The ceiling turned out super glossy.

Proudest DIY: The kitchen. It was designed from scratch.

Biggest Indulgence: This still needs to happen: owning an actual Ettore Sottsass item.

Best Advice: Use more color.

Dream Sources: Frozen Fountain. Mobilia. The city of Brussels has a quarter filled with vintage design shops. Very greed-inducing.


All walls — super light gray from Praxis
Kitchen (warm yellow, dusty blue, cobalt; I’m unsure of the actual color names) — Sigma

Metal sofa — frame is vintage IKEA designed by Niels Gammelgaard upholstered with Joost Janszen fabric
Wooden sofa — frame is vintage Gelderland upholstered with Joost Janszen fabric
Red rug — MADE
Coffee table — HAY
Red and blue side tables — DIY consisting of a metal frame and Plexiglas
Tripod floor lamp — MADE
Shelving unit — thrifted (designed by Poul Cadovious)
Stool — MADE
Artwork in black frames — made by Joost
Wooden speakers — thrifted
Vase — made by Martijn’s uncle

Dining table — thrifted
Dining chairs — most are thrifted, one chair is from MADE
Pendant light — Kai Linke
Wall rack — DIY
Small artworks — made by Martijn’s uncle
Corner lamp — Flos

Chairs — vintage and from MADE
Headboard — DIY
Cushions — Joost Janszen
Drawer dresser — IKEA with DIY upgrade

Bed — IKEA
3D throw and cushions — Joost Janszen
Ceiling light — vintage with Murano glass
Floor lamp — Lotek designed by Benno Premsela
Stool — MADE

Cabinets, countertop and floor — own design/DIY with help from carpenter
Countertop — made of Marlan
Pendant light — Waarmakers

Thanks, Joost and Martijn!

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