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LEO Goudvisch: A Modern Twist on Amsterdam’s Classic Bars

Leo Goudvisch Bar, Amsterdam, NL / Studio Modijefsky

The Goudvisch Family is known for their collection of bars in Amsterdam that perfectly mix old-school charm with modern flair. The latest spot, LEO, can be found in East Amsterdam on the bustling Beukenplein. Studio Modijefsky‘s design effortlessly blends historical touches with contemporary style, creating a classic ‘bruin café’ with a unique twist.

Leo Goudvisch Bar, Amsterdam, NL / Studio Modijefsky

The interior design takes inspiration from the intricate chamfered details found in the building’s architecture. It incorporates bold textures and a color palette featuring soft lavender, grey, and plum hues. The walnut-colored wood-clad walls harmonize with the oak furniture pieces, creating an atmosphere that is both sophisticated and inviting.

Leo Goudvisch Bar, Amsterdam, NL / Studio Modijefsky

Studio Modijefsky consistently seeks out innovative crafts and techniques, and this is evident in their design for LEO. They have integrated Pojagi, a traditional Korean textile art form, into the space. The eye-catching patchwork texture of the Pojagi plum curtains adds a distinct flair and elegance to LEO’s aesthetic. Plum accents are woven throughout the space, connecting the curtains, leather upholstery, and marble elements, resulting in a cohesive and layered design palette.

The bar at LEO is a striking feature, crafted from highly textured burgundy and white marble and accentuated with aged brass and dark oak wood. It sits on a raised floor, serving as the focal point of the establishment and captivating the attention of guests. The bar invites visitors on a sensory journey through a soulful palette enriched with handmade details. A sturdy metal structure frames the back bar, which is adorned with a wooden backdrop featuring integrated light boxes and a signature Goudvisch neon element, adding a dynamic touch to the traditional setting. An aged brass board proudly displays the draft beer menu, while textured glass-framed cabinets showcase the selection of liquors, their reflections captured in the back bar mirrors.

Leo Goudvisch Bar, Amsterdam, NL / Studio Modijefsky

As visitors explore the establishment, they are greeted with carefully chosen details that enhance their experience. From the intricate wooden accents to the specially crafted lighting fixtures, each element is meticulously designed to evoke a sense of nostalgia while embracing a modern touch. One notable feature is the Goudvisch logo, which, as always in the Goudvisch family, is seamlessly integrated into the interior. This time, it is skillfully embedded in marble within the wooden light ornaments, emphasizing the dedication to craftsmanship. The space is further illuminated by light spheres made from etched and cut glass, brought to life using traditional methods.

Leo Goudvisch Bar, Amsterdam, NL / Studio Modijefsky

On the mezzanine level, guests are welcomed into an intimate retreat adorned with vintage-style lamps featuring delicately cut glass that casts playful light effects across the mirrored wall and bench below. This cozy setting, furnished with custom-made wooden pieces and a curated selection of artwork, creates an enchanting atmosphere that entices guests to linger. From this vantage point, they can overlook the marbled spheres suspended above the bustling café floor. A delightful terrace seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor elements. Parasols, ambient lighting, and wooden windscreens come together to create a tranquil environment where guests can relax and connect with the surrounding neighborhood.

Image courtesy of Maarten Willemstein