Located in the heart of Amsterdam Noord you’ll find the eclectic Kaosz Atelier, founded in 2020 by the world’s most laidback exes, Bette and Gijs. We dropped by their studio in the weeks before our Hutspot x Kaosz collab to find out a bit more about their story. (And get first dibs on those Togo sofas!)
Hey Bette and Gijs, thanks for having us to your gorgeous atelier.
With your first birthday coming up, tell us a bit about the start of Kaosz and you first year in business? Especially under the most bizarre corona circumstances!
I was working as an Art Director and Gijs worked as a project manager in retail. We both quit our jobs to be able to live the life that we want to live and to begin Kaosz. We are free birds that need to create.
From our previous jobs we have a good combination of skills that complement each other well and we both value freedom and adventure. These values all come together with the concept of our brand.
We travel abroad a lot and often never know exactly where we will be going to source our items. It can be a bit of a surprise! One minute we’re in a football stadium, the next thing you know we’re in an incredible old building with unbelievable interiors in another country!
For us the past year wasn’t so bad. With all this time at home and quiet in the world we had the chance and the time to start something without all the chaos! We had a lot of peace and creativity which made it a lot easier to just start. We were just going with the flow, we didn’t really have a big schedule, we just went for it!
During the pandemic I think a lot of people have been very busy with their interiors so that’s been great for us!
How would you best describe Kaosz to a total alien?
The word ‘chaos’ is written differently, but pronounced the same in all countries we collect from. It’s a big chaotic mix of anything, from anywhere, from and for everyone. We collect vintage and secondhand furniture locally and abroad. Items can be old, new, branded or unique. From any era.We combine the items to create our collection and make it look like it’s ment to be. There are so many nice things already, so we don’t want people to have to buy new items. There is more glory to things with a story!