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March 14, 2013
If chocolates, waffles, and frites are all you imagine comes from Belgium, you've not been paying attention. A rash of fabulous architecture, hip products, and smart shops keep us perpetually enthralled with this small Benelux nation. We continue to find reasons that this Northern European country is on par designwise with its Scandinavian neighbors, in part because so much Belgian architecture offers a playful mix of clean lines and colorful whimsy. Read on for four of our favorite projects, and one stellar guided tour of Antwerp.
Modern dining room with long dining table and Jens Fager chair

Both a gallery and a residence, an Antwerp home redefines the boundaries between public and private, art and interior design. Photo by:  Tim Van de Velde

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Originally appeared in Live/Work: Modern Art Gallery and Home in Antwerp
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German designer Christiane Högner's home

For Brussels-based furniture designer Christiane Högner, inspiration comes less from glossy design mags than the castoffs she finds on the streets of Belgium. Photo by: Céline Clanet

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Originally appeared in Kind of New
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“Good architecture is always about the site, never about style,” says Dieter Van Everbroeck, who used a 300-year-old beech tree as a starting point for his design.

Just as the famed Treaty of 1814 called for peace between the United Kingdom and the United States, the large beech tree on Dieter Van Everbroeck's property harmonizes the relationship between site and structure. Photo by: Hertha Hurnaus

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"Minimalism in general holds great appeal—to me that means clean spaces and simple materials with as little visual interruption as possible (including very little in the way of furnishings), so the eye travels easily around the space, giving a sense of ex

When it came time for Hernan Rios to renovate his Brussels apartment inside a 1968 Louis Herman De Koninck building, he reached out to Matteo Colombo and Andrea Serboli's Barcelona-based firm CaSA.

Originally appeared in Casa H, Brussels
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Rewind shop in Antwerp

Here are some of our favorite discoveries in Antwerp, a city that melds the medieval, Gothic, modernist, and breathtakingly contemporary with aplomb.

Originally appeared in Best of Belgium: Three Days in Antwerp
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Modern dining room with long dining table and Jens Fager chair

Both a gallery and a residence, an Antwerp home redefines the boundaries between public and private, art and interior design. Photo by:  Tim Van de Velde

Photo by Tim Van de Velde.

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