A commission by Generator Hostels and The Design Agency to deck out the public spaces of their Amsterdam hostel. The result was a plan to give every room a distinct style while also creating a unifying atmosphere, by infusing it with the playful yet urban style of the city. With art by Graphic Surgery, Hans van Bentem, Gino Bud Hoiting, Geronimooo! and KAMP HORST, the hostel experience is taken to the next level.
For the Generator hostel Van Bentem created two TOTEMS made of ceramics and wood, which were placed at the entrance to complement the grandeur of the building. These playfull totempoles consist of separate parts that can be rearranged to form different combinations at any time. Van Bentem worked together with traditional woodcarvers from Senegal to create these unique objects.
The artists Gysbert Zijlstra and Erris Huigens together form Graphic Surgery. Their fascination for industrial buildings and unconventional aesthethics combine very well with the hostel’s functional character. They used the existing steel structures as an inspiration for their angular murals. The black diagonals create a dynamic atmosphere that compliments the existing features of the hostel.
KAMP HORST is a collective constisting of the artists Bruno Ferro Xavier DaSilva, Gees Voorhees, Michiel Walrave, Paul Borchers and Silas Schletterer. They work in an organic way, without preconceived plans, but with bold colors. For the Generator hostel in Amsterdam, they created completely different worlds on each of the three floors. They mixed animals, vegetation, robotics, and science in their murals, and infused them all with a great sense of humor.
Gino Bud Hoiting created murals in the two staircases of the hotel. The aim was to make the walk to the different floors a fun one, complementing the art deco style of the stairs.
For the bar graphic artist and illustrator Geronimooo! used the original chalkboard of the old auditorium, which he turned into a fun menu combining playful typography and illustrations that refer to the former purpose of the building.