The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam’s coolest hangout

If you’re looking for a cultural and historical experience as well as a comfortable place to stay in Amsterdam the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is definitely the place for you. However strange it is to know that your room may have been occupied by prisoners, this building’s history is as appealing as its wonderfully creative interior design.

DesignJoyBlog // Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam 5 star room

Since its construction in the 1920s as a hotel for migrants waiting to board the ships of the Royal Dutch Lloyd, the Lloyd ‘lived’ the history of the 20th century. It served as a refugee camp for Jewish people in the late 30s, a German occupied detention center in the 40s and a youth prison for nearly 30 years from the 60s onwards and until 2001 it was a living and working space for local artists. Lucky for us, the brushstrokes of these artists have left as many marks in the interior of the building as the decades of being used as a prison.

DesignJoyBlog // Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam Facade Voorkant- door Allard van der Hoek

In order to restore the building to its original purpose as a hotel, the dutch architectural firm MVRDV was commissioned and in 2004, after major renovations, the Lloyd Hotel was successfully mutated from a youth prison to a ‘one to five star’ hotel and Cultural Embassy. The interior design of the common areas and suites was a collaborative effort of over 40 interior designers and artists, among others, Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout, Christoph Seyferth, Ineke Hans, and Richard Hutten.

The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy was the first one-to-five star design hotel in the world offering a home to travellers of all classes. The rooms are rated according to design, size and comfort but the common areas are shared amongst all guests fostering a rich cultural experience.

In addition to being beautifully designed (they have Richard Hutten to blame for that), the Cafè-Restaurant has a great menu with simple, yet very well executed, french and southern european dishes. With friendly staff, affordable prices and a lovely Terrace during the summer this is one of Amsterdam’s nicest spots.

The Cultural Embassy promotes exhibitions, conferences and other events which are open to all guests and the local community. There is even a permanent exhibition ‘Lloyd History’ tells the story of past through old photographs, a 1928 video, documents and other objects. Even if you’re not a guest at the hotel, this place is definitely worth a visit!

All images courtesy of the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy. Link with love.

Patterns: beautiful interior design graphics

Simple and effective, a well placed pattern can go a long way into turning a boring space into a topnotch cool one. Using some good old wallpaper, fabric, paint, or a bright bold rug, and these great projects as inspiration you can get your pattern on!

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1. 1960s and 70s’ style bold patterns and bright colors at product designer Mette’s Copenhagen apartment, via French By Design.

2. Wood, green and powerful patterns in a beautiful apartment in Brazil, via Apartment Therapy.

3. Black and white geometry for a classic glamour, via Houzz.

4. The scandinavians know a thing or 100 about elegant patterns, via Ferm Living Blog.

5. This black and white geometrical staircase must be the most beautiful one I’ve seen in a very long time, by Chez Larsson.

6. Delicate forest wallpaper for this hall, via Planete Deco.

7 and 8. Lovely fabrics by Bemz Design Award 2014 french finalists Sarah Martinis and Marion Thomas, via La Maison d’Anna G. Bonne chance, les filles!

9. Design classics and a mix of patterns in this midcentury modern living room, via Lonny.

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Get the look:

1. Lovely Brakig collection from Ikea

2. Fun Feefo wallpapers at Body and Fou

3. Black and white geometrical cement tiles from VIA

4. Pouffes, throws and rugs from the 313 “Triangles” collection by Studio Bertjan Pot

5. Pretty much anything and everything from Ferm Living