Kabaz Architectural Design

2016 Interview with Bertram Beerbaum, Architect and Managing Director

How long have you been working as an architect?
I started my career in 1996 selling furniture during my study. I was interested in interior design and architecture and was trainee for 3 years. I learnt that my talent is to have a creative overview regarding architecture as well as interior design .

How, when and why did you start up Kabaz Architectural Design?
In 2002 I acquired this company from its private owner that I had been working for and who had been my teacher for years. As owner and managing director I felt that my mission was to use my creativity in order to make people happy, by creating special homes that reflect their personality.

What kind of projects do you work on?
Our projects are mainly exclusive private residences for clients who appreciate the energy that the combination of interior- and exterior design can generate.

What ingredients form the basis of a successful architectural design concept?
In my opinion every successful architectural design reflects not only the vision of the creator but also the DNA of the residents. When combined successfully energies in a design will definitely be experienced, however hard to describe or to show.

Please tell us about your ‘signature’ design project so far.
Of course we are proud of all projects we design and manage to be built and since we are continually growing as a company, it looks as if almost every project has something newer, better, more sophisticated than the one before. One of our latest projects is a thatched villa in the Netherlands that looks rather small from the outside but hides a large basement with swimming pool, wellness, modern wine cellar and a home cinema/golf simulator.

What is your ‘dream’ design project like?
My dream is to design a luxury private yacht. I think a lot of ‘modern’ yachts are very traditional in terms of exterior as well as interior design. I would love to show that luxury on board does not intrinsically mean you have to use as many shiny materials and as little straight lines as possible

What future trends do you see impacting architectural design?
In my opinion a holistic view on architecture will create a new style as oriental influences will be very important. All aspects of design, residents, nature and technique will be equally important when designing a building as every detail is a piece of art on its own but at the same time it contributes to the overall design.

How did your partnership with Eric Kuster Metropolitan Luxury get started?
We were looking for a partner in interior design and styling who would be able to appreciate our vision on design and surprise us by bringing good vibes to our own architecture at the same time. For a long time we worked together with several partners until one of our clients asked us to work with Eric because they loved his style. I have known Eric for a long time but never imagined that the moment we would start working together on this project something magical was about to happen. By the time the project ended, we had already started up two new ones and we have been working together eversince.

Please tell us about an iconic project in Verbier with Eric Kuster and his team
A Dutch client of ours bought this Ski-in-Ski-out Chalet on the slopes of Verbier in Switzerland and asked us to redesign the floorplan and interior with respect for the typical swiss style of wood flooring, walls and beamed ceilings. The lay-out was altered by our team in order to meet the needs of the new owner while Eric and his team introduced fabrics and shaded colors of white, gold and grey with distinction, in order to “soften” the sturdy architecture.

Congratulations on the opening of your awesome new Kabaz showroom in The Netherlands, with an Eric Kuster Metropolitan Luxury shop-in-shop concept.
How did the joint project go?
We started this joint project in an old garage in the center of the village of Laren in The Netherlands, with a clear vision together with Eric Kuster and Ronald Cornelissen, interior designer. Over the past few years we have learnt that the combination of our designs in terms of architectural basics and interior finishes brings so much more than just a perfect building combined with just a perfect interior. It feels really good for both of us, but it is sometimes hard to put the ‘vibe’ experience into words. That is why we decided to create the Kabaz inspiration studio and show future clients and the world the magic we make happen together.

More info

KABAZ Concepts in Comfort
Brink 9
1251 KR Laren
The Netherlands
T + 31 35 538 02 70
E laren@kabaz.nl
www.kabaz.nl