Type Nynke Koster on Google and it will give you a series of photos of famous buildings completely covered with brightly colored stuff. Nynke has developed her own techniques to transform architectural details into objects. With a special rubber she makes casts of buildings. This way she made headboards and bedside tables for Lloyd Hotel. On the day that her work is placed in our rooms, she likes to tell more during lunch in the Lloyd Restaurant. She orders tomato soup, I take the beet salad.

Love for furniture

When she started studying Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague, she soon realized that she felt very much at home there. “I have a great love for furniture. Although I knew I didn’t want to make furniture, I opted for Furniture Design. Furniture objects contribute to the beauty of its environment.”

Pointing to a chair in the Lloyd Restaurant; “A chair in the public space is something that is very recognizable, something that everyone understands. I wonder; when can we still speak of furniture? When does it become art? What is a seat anyway? Especially when you are not using it. Think of Joseph Kosuth and his work “One and Three Chairs” in which he shows a chair in three ways: an image of a chair, an actual chair and a description of a chair. Which of the three is the most seat now? By considering objects in the space, they gain a special value. With my casts in rubber, I also focus on things that we often don’t specifically notice.”

Nynke makes her work out of rubber. A material that we don’t often see in furniture. “During my studies I did a project on identity and was looking for a material with which I could turn something inside out. I ended up with rubber from silicone. The material has a special tactility. Looking at my objects you cannot directly estimate how heavy or sturdy it is. People are often surprised when they feel the rubber and notice that it is soft and warm.”

Identity in beauty

Nynke currently works mainly on commission but she is full of plans for her free work. “My ideas keep on flowing, in the shower, on the bike and when I travel I get many new ideas. In the future I want to focus more on the development of the contemporary ornament. When I visit places like Havana I notice that the Cuban identity mainly focuses on cigars, rum and vintage cars. The stories of the facades reflect the history of Catalan influences in the capital. While walking through the city I wondered why there is no Cuban ornament and what it should look like. I wondered the same thing in Addis Ababa where Chinese people invest billions in infrastructure but where Ethiopian identity is lost. I think that my future work can add something to that kind of place. Not just as a nice gesture in the streets but especially for the people’s experience who live in cities like that. When we cycle over the canals in Amsterdam, the beauty of the city grabs us and we are proud of where we live, I also grant that to other people and cities in the world.”

Lloyd Hotel collaborates with various artists. For example, the Bas Kosters room recently opened, we have changing public exhibitions, there are special Lloyd tables made by Christoph Seyferth and Joep van Lieshout designed several rooms. It contributes to the identity of Lloyd Hotel . Nynke turned the iconic Lloyd Hotel building into a collection of ornamentation with details of the characteristic brick façade. “When I was asked to do a project for Lloyd Hotel I started to study its history and architecture. I have a relationship with buildings and would like to bring attention to details to show that every piece was conceived by an architect. Often people take a space for granted. With my work I let people wonder about details. With the casts I from Lloyd Hotel I wanted to put the history of the building in the spotlights.” The headboards are reminiscent of a silhouette of a city or buildings.

Do you want to sleep in a room with beautiful headboards by Nynke Koster? Book room 401 (3*), 524 (4*), 602 or 607 (5*).