Maastricht Penthouse by Nicemakers
Maastricht, The Netherlands
In the Dutch city of Maastricht, Amsterdam-based interior studio Nicemakers have amalgamated the top two levels of a 1960s office building, stripping the interiors back to a Brutalist concrete shell. “The building’s architect had insulated the building from the outside, which meant we could keep the raw concrete exposed,” Nicemakers co-founder Dax Roll says.
Upon entering the penthouse, the kitchen is the first space you see, designed for entertaining. “The client didn’t want a standard kitchen; they wanted something lighter than a kitchen island, more like a table,” Dax says. Collaborating with Amsterdam-based makers Eginstill, they conceived an antique brass and enamelled lava stone custom counter and custom range hood as the kitchen’s focal point.
Dax says it was the first time they’d used enamelled lava stone – a durable material “seen more in Parisian bars than in kitchens”. “You almost touch everything in a kitchen; it’s a sensory experience,” Dax says. “Like the enamelled lava stone, we believe everything you touch should have the right texture and details.”