Because the Collette residence, although by no means small by Dutch standards, is a compact 2,050 square feet, the inside/outside relationship is important. Glass walls front and back bring the outdoors in. Two-year-old Jort takes full advantage of the great outdoors.
Architect Pascal Grosfeld designed seven houses on this plot of land in suburban Holland. The Collettes worked closely with him to make their residence distinct from the neighboring houses and more in keeping with their personal vision of home.
The kitchen is the entrance point for the Collettes’ home and its functional core. The warm colors of the house’s wood-and-brick exterior are continued in the felt covers of the Face chairs in umber, red, and rust—a vintage 1983 design for Montis by Gerard van der Berg. The cupboards are gray (“but a warm stone gray, not a cold corporate gray,” Dedy emphasizes). Dark stone was planned for the countertop but looked far too heavy. The couple chose Duropal, a stainless steel lookalike that’s easier to maintain.
In the living room, Caspar educates his young son Roemer about the finer points of modern design. The red leather Gigi is van den Berg’s racy yet refined swivel armchair. Looking at this chair, it comes as no surprise that the designer drives a Porsche. “It’s from the late ’90s, but it’s already a classic,” says Caspar. “I just love the versatility of this one—you can sit forwards or sideways in it.” Van den Berg also designed the stainless-steel coffee table. The purple sofa was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni, and the Glo-Ball lamp is by Jasper Morrison.