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This Amsterdam cafe riffs on the beauty and complexity of the human body

Artist Maarten Spruyt has opened Capital Kitchen, an art-filled new Amsterdam cafe with interiors themed around the ‘inner human being’.

Tables are patterned with enlarged, microscopic images of human organs and sculptural limbs hang over the bar in what is a markedly unusual dining experience. Located in Amsterdam’s Capital C neighbourhood, the cafe is filled with pieces by local artists.

These range from depictions of the human skeleton and circulatory system to more abstract interpretations of life and the body. Artworks are hosted against a backdrop of concrete pillars and parquet flooring, with the upper levels of the Amsterdam restaurant reached by a fleshy-coloured staircase.

Photography: Inga Powilleit

Diners sit on stools and chairs designed by Maarten Baas, all with irregular backrests. Even light fittings are purposefully uneven – evoking the feeling that the cafe was grown rather than built.

Capital Kitchen’s menu includes plenty of vegetarian options and adopts a more sustainable, nose-to-tail approach to meat consumption, using only a single cow each week, and cooking every part of the animal.

Capital C, Weesperplein 4A, 1018 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands

Photography: Inga Powilleit
Photography: Inga Powilleit

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