Foundation for Refugee Students

Foundation for
Refugee Students

The UAF is the oldest refugee organization in the Netherlands. The Foundation was set up in 1948 by the Dutch Universities as the University Asylum Fund to support Czech students who fled to the Netherlands after the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ever since, the Foundation for Refugee Students UAF has supported refugees in their studies and in finding suitable employment. Studio Koster van Lienen collaborated with Studio Groen+Schild and made the Interior Design for the new office

photography: Mike Bink


interior made on intuition

made on

What happens if you do not draw from a plan but directly from out of that space? Jesse and Eloi accepted  the challenge, locked themselves in an empty, still to be converted four-star apartment at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam for four days. From there they designed and built a tribute to the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York.

For this project they studied in detail the work of photographer and artist Linda Troeller with whom Studio Koster van Lienen had worked before on the exhibition Hotel Stories. The two men roamed the Lloyd Hotel and its warehouse, searching for fitting furniture and fabrics. The result is an installation with fine details and texts on panels, pillows, walls and even the ceiling. A place where hotel life seems far away and the Chelsea quite close. Sexy, warm and comfortable with a view of the IJ. Welcome home.

Chelsea Room

forest fairytales


Forest Fairytales presents visitors with a world that seems to stand apart from everyday reality and by doing so gives spectators the chance to temporarily escape from everyday life. At the same time, Forest Fairytalesprovides the distance that is sometimes needed to view one’s own life from another perspective or to come to view the world in a different way. 

Curator Guido de Vries’ inspirations for this exhibition were the woods around Apeldoorn, fairytales and the contradictory qualities both the woods and fairytales possess. A forest is not just beautiful, fairylike and enchanting, but it also is a frightening and dangerous place full of dark secrets. A fairytale is more than a story with a happy ending. It tells us about good and bad, light and dark, ugly and beautiful, soft and hard, tension and relaxation.

photography: Christiaan de Bruijne

Forest Fairytales

Sculptures craftsman Pieter Puype

Pieter Puype

The design of the exhibition on the extensive work of the sculptor, art teacher and woodcarver Pieter Puype (1874-1942) is characterised by the completeness of all the work of the craftsman and his life. His hidden treasures in the public space brought to the surface. In making this exhibition Studio Koster van Lienen, in collaboration with Paul Rem (curator of Paleis Het Loo) and historian Frederik Erens not only used existing historical material, but also created new material.

The exhibition becomes a dynamic space by using different color tones to match the themes and subtle glimpses through the space.

photography: Christiaan de Bruijne

Pieter Puype

hotel stories


Hotel Stories is a treasure trove of tales, music, photos, films and objects, allowing visitors to experience the world of hotel. The exhibition was commissioned by Saxion Hospitality Business School and CODA Museum. Studio Koster van Lienen not only designed the exhibition but was also curator of this comprehensive exhibition. An exhibition with great humor, emotion and discomfort. Resulting in a unique and warm cooperation with international artists, hoteliers and photographers.

No door unopened in Hotel Stories, no opportunity untouched. The base elements of this exhibition came from a collection of (intimate) stories of artists who have created pictures, movies, music, lyrics, literature and poetry from their hotel experience. Consider Linda Troeller and her beloved and famed Chelsea Hotel in New York, or the world famous picture of Niko Koster, who captured  John Lennon and Yoko Ono in the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel. This beautiful black and white photos were released to Hotel Stories.

photography: Christiaan de Bruijne

Hotel Stories

mural drawn by hand

by hand

For the design of this typographic landscape Eloi collaborated with 3d construction engineer Jan-Marten Rottiné. The 3D model was created in Rhinoceros software and translated, line after line, into a drawing on a flat surface. Subsequently it was bent back again to a spatial perspective. The tension between modern and nostalgic craftmenship relies on patience and time to be understood by the public. Eloi symbolises the encounter between new techniques, philosophy, craftmenship and art with this autonomous work.

Good things never rush