HAVWOODS AT THE PULITZER, AMSTERDAM
Voted the best new hotel in Amsterdam by Condé Nast, the Pulitzer in Amsterdam has recently undergone an 18-month renovation by Creative Director, Jacu Strauss, to create a truly visually stunning space, featuring wood flooring from the extensive Havwoods collection.
Surrounded by some of the city’s best boutiques and restaurants, the hotel was created by Peter Pulitzer in 1970 from a glorious combination of buildings, each on a slightly different level and connected by a maze of passageways, small flights of stairs and oddly shaped halls.
Indeed, there is more than a passing nod to history at every turn. The building that houses the lobby was once a warehouse. The designer chose Havwoods’ End Grain flooring because end grain was traditionally used wherever there were steel carts because of its durability and longevity.
Of course, it also makes it perfect for a hotel lobby, a space where wood floors are often not fitted due to heavy traffic.
Havwoods timber can be found throughout the hotel: both smooth and textured planks from the Venture Plank, Henley and Trapa ranges as well as a couple of different herringbones and the aforementioned End Grain.
All these products present a top-performance, superior-quality board that offer a characterful finish for this historic, high-end hotel. The interiors are sumptuous and luxurious – a perfect environment to showcase Havwoods flooring.
The palette at the Pulitzer is that of the Old Masters: deep blues, rich greens and pinky-plums. Original stucco ceilings, antique Delft tiles and magnificent fireplaces are offset by an eclectic mix of oil paintings, old mirrors and vintage prints, and thrown into contemporary relief by custom made furniture and patchwork Persian rugs.
Amongst all the elegance is plenty of humour, too: the archway of books with a bicycle on top, a wall of 17 brass trumpets with a solitary purple one, and a bright yellow bulldog perched on a drinks trolley all show a quirkiness, which is very apt for the hotel’s locale.