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Tjep work on child/parent friendly restaurant

In 2003 design bureau Tjep were commissioned to work on a restaurant that was parent and child friendly. After the success of the first restaurant, the second branch has just opened in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

By Editor Design.nl /asdf 06-06-2008

In 2003 design bureau Tjep were commissioned to work on a restaurant that was parent and child friendly. After the success of the first restaurant, Praq, the second branch has just opened in Amersfoort, the Netherlands.

According to Tjep the idea was to start a new unique restaurant concept that would welcome parents and their children without looking like a playground. "Parents don't necessarily want to spend the evening with Donald Duck when they go out (nor do the children!)." The first Praq restaurant opened its doors in 2003 and the owners now want to open a chain of them, with two new branches opening in 2008. Tjep "Again we tried to create a restaurant that is inspiring and fun for children, while being comfortable and enjoyable for their parents. This in an integrated rather than separated manner, which is more usually the case."

Playful world

The space is characterized by a monumental farm style roof composed of huge massive wooden beams. Within this space Tjep tried to create a playful world by placing furniture and elements that form crossovers between objects and furniture or furniture that refers to the space itself. For example a table becomes a window, a bus or a kitchen. One space is reserved for children and their parents while the other is reserved for adults. The adult space clearly fits the same world only here the accent is more geared towards cosiness and style.

(Project Team: Frank Tjepkema, Janneke Hooymans, Tina Stieger, Leonie Janssen, Bertrand Gravier, Camille Cortet.)

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