Samira Kafala & Jake Noakes
Photographer & Graphic Designer, Apartment, Oud-West, Amsterdam
There are few people who do not dream of cruising on America’s freeways sometime in their life. Liberating oneself from the chains of everyday routine, and entering in the footsteps of Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider-outlaws. Most people give up on these aspirations and never see their plans come into fruition. But photographer, Samira Kafala, and graphic designer, Jake Noakes, did not. They journeyed around the states for six months and eventually ended up in the country of tulips and canals, finding a base in Amsterdam.
The narrow streets of the Dutch capital felt almost felt oppressive after months spent in the vast sweeping plains of America’s landscape. However, despite their love of freedom, the British couple decided to pitch their tent in The Netherlands. Now Samira, Jake and their son, Ramzy, and daughter, Raya have settled in a former school building. The building’s rather dull looking façade conceals a hidden gem. Their stunning apartment is filled with a special collection of artworks, records, sneakers and a selection of their own creative work. Samira and Jake may have changed their lives quite dramatically since they left London a decade ago, but nevertheless, they have stayed true to their roots: the school-turned-apartment breaths a familiar British coziness and snug family life.