Sunday, June 28, 2015

Beta-Plus Publication ‘Olivier Dwek – Architectures’

 

One of the latest Beta-Plus pulications is the fabulous book about the Belgian architect Olivier Dwek, titled ‘Olivier Dwek - Architectures’,

This book showcases ten remarkable projects of architect Olivier Dwek, who is of British origin, born in Brussels in 1970.

His work includes private homes as well as public projects, both at home and abroad.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, before entering the Victor Horta Faculty of Architecture at the Free University of Brussels in 1990.

In 2000, Olivier Dwek started his own architecture firm in Brussels.

Olivier Dwek designs prestigious boutiques and galleries, refurbishes former factories, creates lofts, renovates private townhouses and mansions and builds new contemporary and exclusive residences.

His work has been featured in numerous Belgian and international magazines.

 

One of the projects shown in the book is this 19th century built residence that has retained its majestic, classical elements: mouldings, fireplaces, wide archways and windows with curved contours.

3In the sitting room, a classical wall has been opened up on either side of the fireplace, forming two entrances to a library designed by the architect.   Image source Olivier Dwek – Photo credit Serge Anton Photographs

 

1 Image source Olivier Dwek – Photo credit Serge Anton Photographs

Contemporary inserts in a classical context.

Several icons of modernist architectural design.

5  Image source Olivier Dwek – Photo credit Serge Anton Photographs

 

2 Image source Olivier Dwek – Photo credit Serge Anton Photographs

 

Ten remarkable projects by the young architect Olivier Dwek.

BookCover of the book ‘Olivier Dwek Architectures’Beta-Plus Publishing

Photography: Serge Anton. Texts: Marie Pok

 

To see a preview of the book, please click here.

Website Olivier Dwek Architectures : www.olivierdwek.com

 

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Belgian Dankers Decor & US Chateau Domingue join forces

 

When my good friend Eddy Dankers from Dankers Decor told me about the collaboration he started with Ruth Gay of Houston based company Chateau Domingue, I knew I had to inform my US readers about this wonderful news!

The past few years I received many questions of my American readers and followers about our Belgian mural painting techniques, especially about where to find and how to apply lime paint. I noticed that until now it was very hard to find these Belgian paint products in the US, not to mention the sought-after artisan painters !

 Chateau Domingue, founded in 2002 by proprietor Ruth Gay, has become one of the premier importers of reclaimed and aged architectural elements and monumental antiques in the United States. Ruth is traveling to Europe several times a year to find the most beautiful and unusual architectural and monumental antiques. Private customers, architects and interior designers are the most welcome to visit her 15,000 square feet Houston located showroom, where she displays all her exquisite finds.

In addition to European reclaimed elements and antiques, Chateau Domingue will offer its customers the Dankers Decor exquisite paint products, unveiling the secrets of Belgian artisanal painting techniques. Ruth and her staff now offer you a full range of products and services, creating the possibility to decorate your home in the Belgian style.

At Dankers Decor own academy, team members of Chateau Domingue are trained in the company culture, techniques, tradition and artistic skills, enabling them to bring over this craftsmanship to the US in order to work closely with local project partners on specific interior design projects.

 

Dankers Decor, Artisan paintersDankers 2Dankers Decor   Image source Dankers Decor website

 

Let me introduce you to Dankers Decor.

Dankers Decor is a family business that operates around the globe, offering their services on location anywhere in the world. From farm estates to mansions, monasteries to palaces and churches…Dankers artisan painters create to tell a story.

This firm's history goes back for two generations. The ‘Dankers’ family name has been linked to professional painting for centuries. Family trees and old documents show that the Dankers family has been in the painting industry starting from the 17th century. The Dankers paint company was founded by the parents of current owner Eddy Dankers. While father Dankers worked as an artisan painter, his wife - who had an eye for subtle woven textiles and textures – provided many interiors with beautiful window treatment and appropriate upholstery fabrics. Eddy and his sister Vera followed in their parents’ footsteps and even today they are working complementary, bringing their customers a complete story of matter and texture.

Eddy Dankers, owner of the company, is proud to pass on his passion for craftsmanship to his dedicated team.

As purveyor to the royal household, Dankers is working on royal patrimonial and national heritage projects as well as on private commissions. The company collaborates with famous national and international designers.

Dankers Decor is innovative in producing wall and floor finishes with unique color shades and depth. The Dankers team creates unique textures inspired by nature, tradition and life itself, bringing many long-forgotten techniques back to life. A continuing search for pigments from all kind of sources, together with the company’s expertise and year-long experience results in creating new textures, in recreating the old ones and in creating new trends in interior finishes.

Dankers ecological products are 100% natural and breathable. Discover the full range of products at AD Applications, a Dankers subsidiary with global reach.

 

 

Plastered walls and “Cocciopesto” floor (dating back to the ancient Roman Empire), which is a combination of crushed brick dust and lime, requiring a labor intensive process but giving a beautiful result.Dankers 5Dankers Decor   Image source AD Applications - Photo credit Jo Pauwels for Beta-Plus

 

Dankers 1Dankers Decor  Image source Dankers Decor website

 

The lime painted wall texture refines the fabulous color palette used in this bedroom.Dankers 6Dankers Decor   Image source AD Applications - Photo credit Jo Pauwels for Beta-Plus

 

Dankers 3Dankers Decor   Image source Dankers Decor website

 

Axel Vervoordt commissoned Dankers Decor to take care of mural paintings and flooring, as he had in mind to create the Wabi-Sabi style interior of the Tribeca Greenwich Hotel Penthouse in NY.

6The penthouse on top of Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Greenwich Hotel, New York City.   Image source here - Photo credit Nicolas Koenig

 

7The penthouse on top of Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Greenwich Hotel, New York City.   Image source here - Photo credit François Halard

 

8The penthouse on top of Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Greenwich Hotel, New York City.   Image source here  - Photo credit François Halard

 

I might guess that a lot of you will have seen and enjoyed the images of Calvin Klein’s Miami Beach house that is for sale and that made the tour around the internet the previous weeks.

Yes indeed!!! Dankers Decor took care of all the mural and floor textures of this gorgeous residence,  decorated by Axel Vervoordt.

Notice the Venetian mural plaster technique here.5Miami beach house of Calvin Klein.   Image source here via Douglas Elliman Real Estate

 

Walls, ceiling and limed floor. All by Dankers Decor.1Miami beach house of Calvin Klein.   Image source here via Douglas Elliman Real Estate

 

3Miami beach house of Calvin Klein.   Image source here via Douglas Elliman Real Estate

 

2Miami beach house of Calvin Klein.   Image source here via Douglas Elliman Real Estate

 

4Miami beach house of Calvin Klein.   Image source here via Douglas Elliman Real Estate

 

A small selection from the wide range of mural textures by Dankers Decor. Dankers mural textures

 

Are you an interior designer, an architect or a private customer, living in the US, and you would love to have more information about the Dankers products and painting techniques, please contact Chateau Dominque for all your inquiries. I am sure the team of Chateau Domingue will be pleased to help you.

info@chateaudomingue.com

Chateau Domingue logo http://www.chateaudomingue.com

3615 West Alabama – Houston, Texas 77027

 

For all European countries, please contact Dankers Decor

at info@dankers.be 

Dankers Logohttp://www.dankers.be

Nonnenstraat 36 - 2560 Nijlen

Belgium

 

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All images and text courtesy of Eddy Dankers - Dankers Decor

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Belgian influence in American design

 

As I am blogging since a few years now, I came across the websites and magazine features of so many American interior designers and I am always pleased to see that the work of a lot of them is often influenced by the Belgian design style.

Whether it is the serene and modest style of Belgian architect and designer Vincent Van Duysen, or the Wabi Sabi style interiors of Belgian decorator and trendsetter Axel Vervoordt, or the sumptuous, rustic and timeless interiors of Walda Pairon, a lot of American designers are inspired by Belgian interior design.

AV1Wabi Sabi style interior by Axel Vervoordt   Photo credit Peter Baes   Image with permission of Peter Baes

 

VVD1Interior by Vincent Van Duysen. Serene and modest design.   Photo credit Juan Rodriguez   Image source website Vincent Van Duysen 

 

WP1Sumptuous and timeless design by Walda Pairon.   Photo credit Claude Smekens   Image source MILIEU

 

We can’t deny that Belgian linen slipcovered and upholstered seats were introduced to the world by Axel Vervoordt years ago, and we still see them used in today’s interiors.

 

Today I would love to share with you images of the interiors of two American designers whose work I do love (Of course there are a lot more American designers whose work I love - I will blog about them in later posts). I really can feel the Belgian influence going through their portfolio.

The first is Miami based designer Briggs Edward Solomon.

His style is clean, timeless and luxurious, using a neutral color palette.

BES3Interior design by Briggs Edward Solomon   Image source Briggs Edward Solomon

 

BES4Interior design by Briggs Edward Solomon   Image source Briggs Edward Solomon

 

BES2Interior design by Briggs Edward Solomon   Image source Briggs Edward Solomon

 

BES5Interior design by Briggs Edward Solomon   Image source Briggs Edward Solomon

 

BES6Interior design by Briggs Edward Solomon   Image source Briggs Edward Solomon

 

BES10Interior design by Briggs Edward Solomon   Image source Briggs Edward Solomon

 

To see more of the interiors of Briggs Edward Solomon,

please visit his website Briggs Edward Solomon.

 

LA based, mother-and-son team, designers Kathleen and Tommy Clements are also one of my favorite design teams. I do love their sophisticated design and use of rustic furniture, accessories and artwork.

KC1Interior design by Kathleen & Tommy Clements   Image source Clements Design

 

KC5Interior design by Kathleen & Tommy Clements   Image source Clements Design

 

KC7Interior design by Kathleen & Tommy Clements   Image source Clements Design

 

KC4Interior design by Kathleen & Tommy Clements   Image source Clements Design

 

KC2Interior design by Kathleen & Tommy Clements   Image source Clements Design

 

To see more of the work of Kathleen & Tommy Clements,

please visit their website Clements Design.

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Are you looking for some pieces of furniture to give your home the Belgian look ? I would strongly recommend you to visit the websites of DMITRIY& CO and PATINA STYLE. Whether you love a clean and sophisticated or a more rustic and timeless design style, I am sure you will find what you are looking for !

 

D1Seating furniture by DMITRIY & CO  

 

D17Chelsea Square Sofa by DMITRIY & CO

 

D6Seine Sofa by DMITRIY & CO

 

D15Chelsea Square Deep Sofa by DMITRIY & CO

 

D7Sablon Sofa by DMITRIY & CO

 

D10Leon Club Chair by DMITRIY & CO

 

D2Seine Bed by DMITRIY & CO

 

D9Furniture and objects by DMITRIY & CO 

 

D20William IV mahogany bookcase  - England, circa 1835 DMITRIY & CO

 

D22Pine Dolomites table - Dolomites region Italy, late 18th C/early 19th C DMITRIY & CO

 

D23Dark teak wood coffee table on iron base DMITRIY & CO

 

D24Work of Art by French artist Monique Chicot (Acrylic on Canvas) DMITRIY & CO

 

DMITRIY & CO

DMITRIY&CO

http://dmitriyco.com

133 W 25 STREET SUITE 2E NYC 10001

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G8Seating furniture by Patina Style

 

G1Courtney Sofa by Patina Style

 

G2Alix Sofa by Patina Style

 

G13Charlie Chair by Patina Style

 

G3Leila Chair by Patina Style

 

G4Nick Swivel Chair by Patina Style

 

G10Home of Brooke Giannetti, author of the blog Velvet & Linen and owner of Patina Style - Furniture and objects by Patina Style

 

G618th C. Catalan table Patina Style

 

G7Tuscan cupboard Patina Style

 

G5French wine table Patina Style

 

PATINA STYLE

http://patina-style.myshopify.com

PATINA STYLE

11980 San Vicente Suite 101 Los Angeles CA 90049

 

Wishing you a wonderful week.

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