James Webb

Posted on Thu, 4 Jun 2009 by KiM

Last October I posted the minimalist Amsterdam apartment(s) of James Webb. He wrote to tell us about some exciting news: “a funny thing happened that I was contacted by a dutch fashion house (the fashion guy Jan Clemens Hoek mentioned that he had seen the apartment on your blog) and they wanted to use my place for a fashion shoot. it was very exciting and my glimpse into a very different world. they used a top dutch model nimue smit and the photographer was viviane sassen (also a big name in dutch photography circles)”. How cool!! Here’s a photo from the shoot…

James was given a print from the shoot and it now proudly displays as the first completely non-functional addition to his apartment.

After this the national newspaper called James and he was featured in their magazine about his style (a friend of Jan Clemens Hoek is the fashion editor of the paper).

!!!! I’ve got to say a BIG congratulations to James for all these exciting events and his new-found fame!

What I didn’t realize is that James is an uber-talented architect and he wanted to share a villa near Amsterdam that his firm Gabriels Webb recently completed. It’s modern, spacious and spectacular. Here is some info of this project:

This freestanding villa on the new island of IJburg provides for a family to live both independently or together. A lowered childrens level with kitchenette and bathroom can be accessed from the street, while the raised ground floor provides the communal living zones that proceed to the canal side garden. The upper level contains the parents’ studio space, bedroom and bathroom. The internal levels are demarcated in the facade with white bands and horizontally laid western red cedar boards further striate the volume.

project credits are as follows

private residence: IJburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
architects: Kirsten Gabriëls James Webb
project architect: Kirsten Gabriëls
artist façade panel: Yvonne Kroese
contractor: Bouwbedrijf Stadswerk BV, Hoofddorp
design: 2006
completion: 2009
gross floor area: 285m²
photography: Marcel Van der Burg

May I introduce you to the Ijburg house.

Focus Hub says:

What a fun story. Just goes to show that you never know where life will take you. And I had a look at the original post – gorgeous place!

Wow, beautiful ending…thanks to your great eye!

Alke says:

I remember seeing James' feature in VK magazine! Had no idea at the time that he's the guy behind these two great apartments (I've admired them before)!

Bri says:

BEAUTIFUL house. I'm dying. Amazing. The dutch are so hip.

Yes gorgeous house. Love the living areas and that bedroom!!!!

Peggy says:

I love this post, all the history and build up. And Omigod – I hope he is single because I am packing my bags and getting on a plane tonight. I'm moving in with him.

good lordy, i'm puking all over my tiny studio right now—sick with loooove.

kim. says:

Peggy and betsy and iya, you guys are cracking me up.

nice work..

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