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London Open House: Embassy of the Netherlands

My cup of Dutch coffee at the Embassy of the Netherlands.  Photo © Eugenie Absalom

 

This year Embassy of the Netherlands opened the gates for the first time in its history. On Saturday, 21 September visitors were treated to a comprehensive tour of the abstract style diplomatic mission and a cup of Dutch coffee.

 

Abstract interior of the Dutch Embassy in London.  Photo © Eugenie Absalom

 

The Dutch diplomatic mission has occupied its 38 Hyde Park Gate residence in Kensington since the end of the Second World War.

 

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in London. Photo © Eugenie Absalom

 

The monumental red brick facade of the seven storey 19th century building is in contrast with its brand new bold and bright abstract interior design by Dutch artists. The interior designer of the Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs and her colleague who is in charge of the Netherlands Government Art Collection took part in 2012 renovations at the embassy.

 

Interior of the Dutch Embassy in London. Photo © Eugenie Absalom

 

British design by Paul Smith can be seen on the fabrics of all the chairs and loose cushions.

I enjoyed a cup of bitter Dutch coffee from a retro style coffee machine in the Embassy bar and was quite impressed with hospitable and arty Dutch embassy in London.

 

The Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands portrait at the Dutch Embassy.  Photo © Eugenie Absalom

 

Visit my DEMOTIX page to view more photos of London Open House at the Embassy of the Netherlands on 21 September 2013:  Embassy of the Netherlands:  London Open House 2013


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Posted in Art Events and Art News and Art Photography and Arts and Culture and contemporary art and Events and London Photo and Photographs by Eugenie Absalom on September 25th, 2013 at 7:32 pm.

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