Artist Joëlle Hoogendoorn hosted the Sunday Scroll on 17 May on Facebook Live. In this digital detour, she explored the Sonneveld House as a work of art.
Joëlle is mad about visual art. She is a passionate maker, exhibition-goer and art teacher, as well as the proud owner of a sizeable collection of art books.
“I like to draw the visitor right into my story. My aim is to make people enthusiastic and give them a feeling of satisfaction when they leave.”
Sonneveld House is one of the best-preserved houses in the Dutch Functionalist style. The villa was designed in 1933 by architecture firm Brinkman and Van der Vlugt for Albertus Sonneveld, a director of the Van Nelle Factory. The architects designed a total concept in which architecture, interior and furnishings are perfectly coordinated and reinforce one another. Light and spacious, the house features numerous balconies and large areas of fenestration that offer views of the surrounding garden. Almost all the furniture and lamps in the house were made by the Gispen firm, some of them specially for the Sonnevelds. This customization reveals the family’s appreciation of luxury and comfort. Sonneveld House is therefore not a dogmatic example of functionalism, but a personal environment.