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Cuckoo Clock Downstairs

By Arno Coenen

The Cuckoo Clock is a powerful expression of some of the artist’s personal passions. Yes, this is a pretty sizable rendition of a classic cuckoo clock. However, the trademark Coenen details probably have little to do with the traditional timepiece he once bought in the Czech Republic, which inspired the work.

Instead we see Marshall amplifiers and massive heavy metal guitars: a tribute to the maker’s favorite band Slayer. Never eager to please society’s esthetic common denominator, Coenen added plenty of skulls and two giant Viking swords to set the mood.

We encourage guests sleeping in the Cuckoo Clock to go a little cuckoo themselves and occasionally announce time in whatever way they please.

Room features

  • 2
  • Queen Size Bed
  • Private
  • 13
  • Free
  • Breakfast € 12,50

About the designer

Arno Coenen has made a name for himself with creating personal art for public spaces. He mixes intricate digital graphic design with analog crafts such as glass mosaic. His being widely appreciated partly comes from creating his work together with local residents and other stakeholders. Coenen is not only fascinated by the rapid emergence of cultures from beyond national borders; subcultures, youth culture and pop culture are also prominent in his work. He prefers explosive phenomena such as hooliganism, heavy metal and the martial arts culture.

Coenen gained international fame with his contribution to De Markthal in Rotterdam. The immense colorful ceiling he made for this project appeared on the covers of both the Architecture in the Netherlands Yearbook and the Dutch Design Yearbook. He also made an important contribution to the Beurspassage in Amsterdam, reaching the top 3 of the Annual Review of NRC Handelsblad (our New York Times) Architecture.

His tile panel ‘Oud-West, Thuis Best’ is part of the Rijksmuseum collection and Coenen’s computer generated video animations have been acquired by renowned media-art collections, including the Centre Pompidou’s in Paris.

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