In this series, Joko portrays people from diverse creative and cultural backgrounds, giving us a peek inside the places where they find peace and joy. Today, Suzanne Knip-Mooij opens the doors to her intimate apartment in the West of Amsterdam and shows us around. Upon arrival, Suzanne immediately puts the kettle on for some tea – a gesture we very much appreciate considering it is December and not more than five degrees outside. While she puts the fresh Delphiniums she bought earlier on the flower market in a vase, we walk around the apartment she shares with her husband Tim.
Everything in Suzanne’s home feels warm, light and uncluttered. From the beautiful embrasure to the charming Blue Russian named Silke. Although the cat seems to sort of go with the fixtures, she ended up with Suzanne in a rather inorganic way compared to other ‘things’ in the house. While things usually find Suzanne instead of the other way around, she really went looking for Silke. She wanted a cat that could stand living in a small apartment.
'Gathering items' is not the way to describe how Suzanne selects her interior pieces. It's more safe to say that her interior is a collection of things, that are either heirlooms from friends, unique finds on Marktplaats or gems from small boutiques such as Restored. What they have in common is the way they catch her eye and allow contemplation.