One of my favorite things to do while traveling is visit local house museums–usually the older and more decorous, the better. But when we were in Rotterdam a couple years ago, the Sonneveld House totally captivated me. One of the country’s star examples of Nieuwe Bouwen, or the Dutch version of the International School of Modernism/pre-war Dutch functionalism, the house was designed in 1933 by Brinkman en van dern Vlugt for the Sonneveld family (who sold all their furniture and started from scratch when they moved in). Even in the midst of a hyper-modern moment, you can still see hints of quirky Dutch design, shots of widely varying colors (kelly green office, turquoise bathroom) and fabrics, alongside super-innovative household gadgetry for that time (like ten heads in the shower and an electric bell built into the dining table).
03.07.2011 | by: Meghan