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This stately house and its beautiful surroundings are known as the ‘De Menop’ estate. The meaning of ‘De Menop’ takes us all the way back to the 17th century, when this was the best place to cross the nearby stream. The Dutch verb ‘mennen’ means to lead a horse by the reins and that is exactly how people crossed the river: by horse and carriage. At the site of the current country house there used to be a pub that provided people with drinks until the water reached a low enough level for them to venture across.
The first country house on this site was built at the end of the 19th century. A few years ago the current occupant knocked it down. Within no time it had been rebuilt in the authentic style of yesteryear, albeit at twice the size. One of the most noticeable features of the house is that it has two faces: an historic exterior and a state-of-the-art interior which is equipped with all the latest technical gadgets. Bertram Beerbaum of Kabaz Architects is responsible for the almost Godfatherlike atmosphere inside the house, which exudes sophistication, grandeur, and warmth.
It is only natural that Bertram Beerbaum used fittings from his own TENSE series in this house. The use of black door and window handles, adds to the atmosphere of warmth and grandeur which the house exudes
The house features some luxurious amenities. For example, apart from the various living rooms, the kitchen, the dining room, the office, and various other ‘basic areas’, it also has a bar, a cinema,
and a gym.
The TENSE collection, with its multi-functional features, is reminiscent of a chameleon. In the same way it literally forms a bridge between a round section and a rectangular section, it also metaphorically bridges the gap between the contrasting exterior and the interior. In fact, of all the materials and products that were used to build the house, the only element that is used both inside and outside are the Tense door fittings
Photography by Peter Baas
Find out more about our TENSE hardware series.
The TENSE hardware series is a total concept range, consisting of door hardware, window hardware, furniture hardware and complementary accessories.
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