After an intensive renovation project led by MVRDV, in 2004, the Lloyd reopened, this time as a ‘one- to five-star hotel’. A creature of habitual change, the age-old building needed yet another refurbishment in 2008. Hotel owners asked Richard Hutten to change the restaurant. He created a freestanding bar that fronts a vertical shop and features an enormous black lamp. ‘I wasn’t permitted to attach light sources for the bar and shop to the building,’ says Hutten. ‘To make a virtue of necessity, I designed the Lloyd Llamp as part of the drinks cabinet at the middle of the bar.’ The object is a seemingly arbitrary cluster of lamps to which several long rods are affixed, each ending in a spotlight; Hutten’s Lloyd Llamp lights the entire space, from top to bottom. Currently no plans exist to commercialize the lamp, but design, too, is a creature of habitual change. Spider Spot: Like a titanic tarantula, Richard Hutten’s Lloyd Llamp erects above the bar in the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam.