In the rooms I designed I wanted to bring in the city of Amsterdam. In each room I tried to catch the view and create a relation between the room and the surroundings. Literally: by taking the view from the room as a base for the pattern of my fabric. The fabric is used to furnish the rooms throughout with your view. For guests there is even a dressing – gown with the same design. As soon as you put on the dressing – gown, you will literally disappear in the city or to put it even better: you will be camouflaged by the city.

Very subtly and poetically I bring in the city by making the room one huge camera obscura. As you wake up in the morning in a magical way you will see the topsy-turvy city on the ceiling and walls. It is as if the room is dressed by light. In this room it is all about experiencing the sensitivity of light. To catch the short moment of waking up and slowly becoming aware of the day while the city is at your feet, an amazing feeling.

On the other hand, the history of this hotel was also very inspiring to me. A number of rooms were still furnished in the style of the 70ies. The room had a personality of its own. I wanted to keep this character intact in the room I designed. By dressing the walls with pictures of the original room its history lives on.

It is not just about the room itself but also about the experience you have as a guest.


Recent decades tend to be defined by their new, newer, newest technologies. In fashion the technique of digital printing has caused a truly dazzling craze of late. ‘Dazzling’ however, is a rather old, and no less bold, battle technique, more commonly known as the great art of camouflage. Anne Wolter’s City Camouflage room is literally dressed head to toe, wall to wall, and curtain to bed linen, in a dazzling, kaleidoscopic photographic pattern of the hotel room’s view. This is definitely the ‘next level’ in getting all wrapped up by the city.

Maison Martin Margiela did it early on with base pattern silk dresses, Comme des Garçons did it and, heck, back in the seventies Vivienne Westwood did it for the Sex Pistols on white T-shirts: ‘trompe l’oeil’ photo printing, black and white mirages on fashioned textile. History Repeating applies the same effect on this hotel room. Photographs of the original seventies style decorated hotel room have been rendered into its contemporary manifestation. The old curtains printed on the new curtains, the mirror, decorative painting and bed lights integrated in the wallpaper maintaining exactly the same positioning then and now. This room is literally dressed in a memory of itself, which should make us, fashionista or not, feel right in place. After all, this is exactly how our brains work; we see what we think we know. Deep!

This room by designer Anne Wolters is dressed in a minimalist decoration, a sketch of a typical Amsterdam sight in a bulky cobalt-blue wool thread. Simple and effective, this graphic embellishment, which reaches for the ceiling and runs across curtains, perfectly hides the room’s most awkward proportions. A rare quality most of us seem to be looking for in fashion since, like most rooms in this hotel, hardly anyone measures up to model standards.

No you have not entered the psychiatric ward. It may look clinical in it’s pristine, all white and shuttered attire but this room bears a rather unsuspected surprise when light casts it’s spell through a tiny whole and the room becomes a life size ‘camera obscura’. Lucid, demure and enchanting, it proves that even the extreme nihilism of this room’s attire bears enrichment to those who are patient and free of overt materialistic needs typical for fashion victims. ‘The emperor’s clothes’, the illusion itself turns out to be all that you were looking for in fashion to begin with.

Graffiti tags have been fashionably ‘en vogue’ since fashion designer Marc Jacobs had them clad all over a collection of luxury Louis Vuitton bags by his good pal Stephen Sprouse around the most recent turn of the century. In dressing this room designer Anne Wolters took to a more crafty and time-consuming approach to the street art theme such as urban knitting. A highly contemporary statement in itself now we realize that ‘old culture’ crafts and skills are so easily lost on budding generations.