Snacking with Tjep. at Schiphol

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When Dutch design firm Tjep. was charged with revitalizing Lounge 3 at the Amsterdam airport, they went big. An eye-catching restaurant, cheese kiosk and flower shop keep the jet-set occupied while waiting for flights.

In the terminal revamped by Benthem Crouwel, Tjep. created three bold spaces, each showcasing the firm’s signature moves and the country’s quintessential offerings.

At Bread, the dining portion of the triptych, the firm erected a towering ashwood display for bread; it lines the wall behind the check-out counter. Industrial, yet warm, this eating area features picnic benches trimmed with metal and banquettes complemented by white Emeco-inspired chairs.

There’s no mistaking what is sold at the middle kiosk. Say Cheese, the cheese counter, features a huge slice of Emental – appropriately in punchy yellow. The metal and wood counter is layered with stacks of cheese wheels and other offerings are stored beneath whimsical custom-crafted bell food covers.

The flower shop, called House of Tulips, is housed in an emerald green glass house-shaped parcel that elevates to allow a large spread of the blooms. When the shop is closed for business at the end of the day, the displays are rolled in and the facade drops to tuck it all away.

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