Restaurant Praq by Tjep.

May 18th, 2008


Dutch designer Tjep. has completed a restaurant for grown-ups that is also fun for children (or maybe the other way round).


Restaurant Praq, at Amersfoort in the Netherlands, has tables that look like a bus, a window and a kitchen.


Tjep. created the interior and identity for the restaurant and is the second Praq restaurant by the designer.


The first opened at Ouderkerk aan de Amstel near Amsterdam a couple of years ago.


Here’s some info from Tjep.:

Praq Amersfoort — Interior & Identity


In October 2003 two wonderful entrepreneurs came to us with their wish
to start a new unique restaurant concept that would welcome parents and
their children without looking like a playground. Indeed parents don’t
necessarily want to spend the evening with Donald Duck when they go out
(nor do the children by the way!).


The first Praq restaurant opened it’s doors shortly after and became
quite succesful and well-known. After 5 succesful years our client
realized that the formula had the potential to become a restaurant
chain, thus opening two new venues is 2008. Presented here is the first
of the two that opened in Amersfoort, Netherlands.


Again we tried to create a restaurant that is inspiring and fun for
children, while being comfortable and enjoyable for their parents. This
in an integrated rather than separated manner, which is more usually
the case.


The space is characterized by a monumental farm style roof composed
of huge massive wooden beams. Within this space we tried to create a
playful world by placing furniture and elements that form crossovers
between objects and furniture or furniture that refers to the space
itself. For example a table becomes a window, a bus or a kitchen. (see


The six meter high construction in the center looks like an abstract
cloud evoking something of a colorful game while contrasting nicely
with the handcrafted architecture. One space is reserved for children
and their parents while the other is reserved for adults.


The adult space clearly fits the same world only here the accent is
more geared towards cosiness and style. By the way Praq means mashed
food for children in Dutch, however, the plates sereved at Praq are
very refined and tasty.


Special items:

Window tables
Tunnel benches
Movie house
Play table
Car table
Bus table
Kitchen table
Drawing table
Balancing dish table
Dish lights


Project Team
Frank Tjepkema, Janneke Hooymans, Tina Stieger, Leonie Jansen, Bertrand Gravier

Special thanks
Brandwacht en Meijer & Kloosterboer


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