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Classic modern with a funky twist

The interior philosophy of Derkan Atakan and John ter Riet

Derkan Atakan and John ter Riet live in the quiet suburbs of Amsterdam together with their dog Tarkan. The couple met over 11 years ago, and have now renovated and moved into their dream home. The couple has founded Stoned Amsterdam, a brand that designs simple yet elegant interior accessories out of natural stone. The company was founded in 2014 and flourished from their passion for design and interior, and a belief that marble has an interesting balance between being familiar, yet exclusive. They are now embellishing homes all over the world with their designs and run the instagram account @gooisemannen together.

"We do not consider ourselves interior designers. We just have good taste"

Derkan Atakan and John ter Riet live in the quiet suburbs of Amsterdam, the Netherlands together with their dog Tarkan. The couple met over 11 years ago and have since renovated and moved into their dream home.

The couple have founded Stoned Amsterdam, a brand that designs simple yet elegant interior accessories out of natural stone. The company was founded in 2014 and flourished from their passion for design and interior, and they believed that marble has an interesting balance between being familiar, yet exclusive. They now have their own workshop in their home neighborhood and are embellishing homes all over the world with their designs, and run the instagram account @gooisemannen together.

The couple explains that their taste has grown together through the years and that their preferences have come to balance each other in an amusing and striking way. John has a weak spot for Scandinavian design, where Derkan always want more eye-catching elements that has the power to stand on their own. 

In their home, you can find two Square 1, one in Old Pink and one in Brass finish. 

"Our home already has some brass and pink elements. We always like something colorful but we choose wisely. We also love the Ice Yellow Square 1, but the Brass and Pink ones just fit our home perfectly."

"Yup, we are high on our own supply"

In their delightful and inviting living room, you find natural tones and materials, where especially wood and marble play a key role enhancing the magnificence of classical architecture with sculptured gracefulness. 

“Being marble lovers we have a lot of different types of marble throughout our home. Some are custom made some are our own Stoned Amsterdam designs”

How do you want people to feel in your home? Has anything or anyone in particular inspired you?

"We like people to feel at home. We love hosting dinners for friends and family. We start with drinks at the bar, then have bites at the pink marble dining table and relax on the comfortable couch and chairs in the living room afterwards. We make sure to always listen to some old school records, and might even sing along. Just like they do in the movies."

Do you have the same style in all your rooms, or do you prefer a more various style throughout the house?

"Downstairs is bright, upstairs is much darker with deep blue walls and black doors. It was our idea of day and night, upstairs we sleep and in our movie room we watch films for example. There is no need for those spaces to be bright, we thought at first. However, we must admit that upstairs has got a bit too romantic. We absolutely love the way our home looks downstairs, we would not change a thing"

As seen in this beautiful home of Amsterdam, Square 1 is impeccable to enrich and embrace colors and tones in your home. Be inspired.