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Junya Ishigama on the cover of the October 2019 issue of Azure Magazine. The Innovators Issue.
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Bar Ramona Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, brown cafés are as iconic as tulips and canals. Named for their swaths of dark wood covering nearly every surface, these cozy, smoke-stained watering holes are also the inspiration for the warm, rust-hued interior of a new eating and drinking spot, Bar Ramona, in Amsterdam West.

Studio Modijefsky, the interior architecture firm behind the establishment’s concept and design, envisioned the space as one run by a fictional woman – the daughter of a bar owner – who spent her childhood in a brown café. “We imagined Ramona as a girl with a style of her own, who has a taste for funky music and is a bit edgy,” says Esther Stam, Studio Modijefsky’s founder. “If she were to open her own bar, this would be it.” 

Bar Ramona Amsterdam

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Studio Modijefsky’s Bar Ramona Riffs on Amsterdam’s “Brown Cafés”

Balanced layers of wood and tile combine with loads of colour and light for an elegantly edge space.

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