European Union: 10 Belgian Homes
Perhaps no Belgian home is more cutting-edge than that of
Veerle Wenes, who also runs the design gallery Valerie Traan in the same space. For the bathroom, Wenes asked artists from Studio Simple to devise an imaginative storage solution. Starting at one end of the room and working their way across, the team assembled chests and cabinets found at a thrift shop and painted them all white. “It’s like a mosaic,” says Wenes. “It’s a very personalized concept—I feel like it’s my bathroom.” Photo by Tim Van de Velde.
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Globetrotting Belgian architect Julien De Smedt carves out a space to call his own in
a converted industrial loft building in Brussels. "On clear nights, I’ll head upstairs," says De Smedt. "There’s a skylight and you can see the stars. Even in the city, you totally can! The skylight really changes the condition of the interior. If you light that gap in the evening from the outside, it’s as if there is daylight." Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.
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Adding 290 square feet to this already small (just 566 square feet)
black A-frame in Brecht, Belgium, was all the local building ordinances allowed, but the architects at dmvA found that a single wing extended out to the side gave resident Rini van Beek all the storage and living space that she needs. Photo by Frederik Vercruysse.
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gallery/residence in Belgium, this time in a neoclassical Brussels mansion, two design-savvy curators have arranged their dream home... Only it's all for sale. In the living room, the residents commissioned the overhead light from designers Sylvain Willenz and Hubert Verstraeten. The rug is a Moroccan patchwork from the 1960s; the teak-and-leather Kilin chair is by Sergio Rodrigues; and the cane-backed sofa is a student daybed designed by Hans Wegner for Getama in the 1950s. Photo by Chris Tubbs.
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Design firm Baumraum’s modern tree house in Belgium sparks a dialogue about nature and architecture.
This 450-square-foot retreat, nestled between the limbs of pine and oak trees in northeastern Belgium. As a part of their green mission, the city of Hechtel-Eksel, the Flemish Forest and Nature Agency, paper company Sappi, and communications firm Proximity BBDO commissioned the structure clad in zinc and larch as a place for businesses to host sustainability oriented conferences.
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Dwell first discovered Labt at Maison & Objet 2012 and featured their modular Trolley Filing cabinet in our May 2012 issue. Here's a shot of the
group's Ghent studio filled with their different product lines. Photo by Filip Dujardin.
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