Designed by Dutch studio i29, Restaurant Felix has opened its doors in the historical Felix Meritis building in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Built in 1788 Felix Meritis was home to the cultural society Felix Meritis established for cultural development in the form of Music, Drawing, Physics, Commerce and Literature. The building itself was meant to exemplify the Enlightenment ideals the society stood for.
i29 is responsible for the complete interior design of Felix Meritis and created an outspoken design that puts history in perspective. Every room within the building refers to a specific period in the building’s history, to create their own identity. Together they form a collection of colorful characters in the renewed house of enlightenment. The design of the restaurant is an interpretation of a Dutch period room from the 17th century, including use of historical colors and textile wall covering but in a distinctive contemporary way.
For the Restaurant Felix, i29 invited textile designers Buro Belén to match custom design textile, materials, and colors. An image of a typical Dutch sky has been translated into a tactile wall covering that contribute to superb acoustics. Light installations hang from the ceiling as a modern “chandelier” and connect the restaurant with the reception area to create a grand entrance at Felix Meritis. The complete building will be opened on March 20th, 2020.
Restaurant Felix will have a ‘permanent’ chef for the first time in history to run the kitchen and to guarantee a high culinary standard. “Think globally but trade locally” is the approach for the restaurant.