Studio Makkink & Bey
3034 Interpolis (Restaurant and reception treated like a Parlour), 2002
commissioned by: Interpolis
PARLOUR • noun: parlor
1. A sitting room in a private house. “they had lunch in the parlour”. 2. A room in a public building for receiving guests. “the mayor’s parlour”. 3. A room in a monastery or convent that is set aside for conversation. 4. A room or building equipped for milking cows.
Synonyms: sitting room, living room, lounge, front room, best room, drawing room, morning room, salon; reception room.
Origin: Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French parlur ‘place for speaking’, from Latin parlare ‘speak’.
Interpolis, an indemnity insurance company, finds its roots in the Dutch agrarian world. Studio Makkink & Bey designed both the reception area and restaurant of its headquarters.
Following from the company’s history, the interiors of archetypical Dutch farms were taken as inspiration. Interpolis’ reception area was treated like a farmers’ parlour, with abundantly decorated carpets and wallpaper.
Especially for this area a new furniture piece was designed, the Earchair – a big-eared chair creating a concentrated space within space, allowing for meetings and little conferences to take place. The restaurant interior with bespoke furniture and textiles conveys the wealth and beauty the country side interiors show.