“A waiting hall with a thematic design: From caterpillar to butterfly. #omdamsterdam
Abraham Tuschinski (1886 – 1942) was a Polish tailor and a successful businessman. As a Jew, Tuschinski fled in 1903 his birthplace Łódź and arrived in Rotterdam the same year. In 1921 he opened his “Theater Tuschinski” in Amsterdam; designed by the architect Hijman Louis de Jong.
Oftentimes, the name “Tuschinski”, is linked with Amsterdam. However, Abraham Tuschinski himself fell in love with Rotterdam and had many successful cinemas there. Unfortunately, he was captured and transported in 1942 to the concentration camp in Auschwitz and passed away.
Nowadays, the theatre is known as Pathé Tuschinski, a movie theatre. The front facade is mostly in a European Art Deco style. This style is also applied for the interior, in combination with Jugendstil (or Art Nouveau) and the Amsterdamse School style.
A must visit when in Amsterdam.
— at Pathé Tuschinski.”
I notice now that I put a title underneath the picture I posted on my personal social media, but I gave no explanation. This private room has a thematic design to it: the life cycle of a butterfly. In this specific picture, the caterpillar phase is reflected in the middle lamp at the ceiling of the bay window. The two lamps on each side of the bay window represents a butterfly in its cocoon phase. This phase is repeated in the stained glass windows. To complete the representation of the life cycle of a butterfly, the wall opposite to the bay window is decorated with lamps in the form of a butterfly (not seen in the picture). The use of such a theme inspired by nature, was one of the characteristics of the Amsterdamse School or the European Art Deco design. According to our tour guide, Tuschinski was a man who thought ahead to be prepared for any inconveniences: for the carpet in this room, he commissioned another one in the same design. In case the current one was damaged, Tuschinski had a “back up” carpet available right away. Clever man.