Amsterdam – Londoners were shocked when Dandelyan, a globally recognized cocktail bar by celebrity bartender housed in Tom Dixon’s Sea Containers closed abruptly in 2018. There was a silver lining, though: a re-opening earlier this year with an evolved concept and a new name, Lyaness. In the spirit of that forward-looking growth, Chetiyawardana has also brought shop to Amsterdam, the first international venue in his drinkable empire.
Super Lyan – located steps away from the capital’s central train station – was designed by Jacu Strauss and his team at Lore Studio, who were also responsible for the art deco glam interiors of Lyaness.
Three connected spaces – the garden, bar and living room – comprise the whole experience of the Amsterdam bar, each emanating their own unique ambiance as to accommodate the varying needs of all-day service.
With the interiors, Lore Studio tended toward nostalgia once more, but veered decidedly toward more Dutch sensibilities by referencing mid-century design. But, while they took inspiration from the 50s, the studio wanted to interpret that decade in an abstract way rather than to recreate it. So the space became a mixed cocktail in its own right, with retro-style furnishings and elements matched with a quirky, psychedelic colour palette that plays up the experimentation going on behind the bar.
The space has blue Clay dining chairs by Maarten Baas, a main bar inspired by an ice cream sundae and intoxicating custom carpets by Leoxx, seemingly covered in a layer of candy coating.
Mr Lyan’s next venture to look out for is in Washington, D.C. No matter which decade they reference next, it’s clear that, design-wise, they’ve identified the fundament of making a good first impression abroad: speak the local language, but make it fun.