A BEAUTIFUL MESSĀ 

PROJECT OFFERING NEWCOMERS TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT OPENS A NEW RESTAURANT IN ARNHEM AND GETS A PAINT JOB

After painting at A Beautiful Mess in Amsterdam, we were contacted again by the Refugee Company who were planning to open another A Beautiful Mess restaurant in Arnhem. They felt that our designs have become synonymous with the Beautiful Mess identity, and so once again they asked us to paint their restaurant. The centrepiece of this new venture was the bar and so it was of the utmost importance that our design reflected this.

Although this was relatively small in relation to our other projects, it was still a two-day job which was quite time-consuming with regards to the planning and execution. We went with just two crew members and were helped by inhabitants of refugee centres close to Arnhem. We made a rough design for the bar beforehand but the idea was to complete it on-site with the help of the participants. We prefer to work in this way as it helps to bring a sense of ownership and solidarity to the team and the project. This never fails to ignite enthusiasm with the crew members as, in their own words, life can be tedious in the refugee centres as everything is strictly regulated, from food to money to even how one spends their free time.

This was a fantastic project that delivered exactly what A Beautiful Mess wanted, i.e. for United Painting to bring their unique style to their new restaurant and also it really succeeded from our point of view; we created something we are proud of and we brought people together to create art.