Saturday, November 22, 2014

Authentic Antiques ‘Winter Viewings’

 

If you like antiques and art, together with Belgian architecture, I would like to remind you that within 2 weeks, Ann-Sophie and Charles Destoop, the owners of Belgian based company ‘Authentic Antiques’, open their house for private sales.

1Photo credit Nicolas Schimp

  Ann-Sophie and her husband Charles invite you to the ‘Winter Viewings’ in their beautiful home in Merchtem, near Brussels.

7The house located in the Belgian countryside.   Photo credit Nicolas Schimp

As an art historian and art consultant for auction house Christie’s, Ann-Sophie has always been passionate about art & antiques.

Twice a year (winter and summer) Ann-Sophie and Charles open the doors of their beautiful house located in the Belgian countryside.

13Photo credit Ann-Sophie Destoop

 

The old farm house, completely renovated by Belgian architect Benoît Viaene, is the perfect setting for showing antique and vintage furniture, lamps, ceramics and glass work, together with unique objects, photography and art, that Ann-Sophie and Charles have to offer.

15Photo credit Nicolas Schimp

 

14Photo credit Ann-Sophie Destoop

 

They are currently working on a new website http://www.authenticandso.com/, that will be online soon.

‘Winter Viewings’ will run Friday December 5, Saturday December 6, Sunday December 7 & Monday December 8, from 11 am to 6 pm.

Address and info see invitation below.

Winter Viewings Authentic Antiques

An event not to be missed. Be sure to note!

 

xx

Greet

All pictures posted with permission of Ann-Sophie & Charles Destoop

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

French panelling with Belgian signature ‘J.Lefèvre’

 

Lefèvre Interiors  designs, makes and installs bespoke classic or modern panelling. Through artisan means and with a passion for interior decorating and style.

Today I want to share with you French style panelled rooms, created by the employees and artisans working in the workshop of Lefèvre Interiors.

 

Lefèvre Interiors 2Bespoke French 18th century style panelling - made of French oak.   Photo credit Jo Pauwels

 

Lefèvre Interiors 1The French style ornaments are carved by hand.   Photo credit Jo Pauwels

 

The boards - still shaped like the tree - lie in the warehouse to dry. When they start an assignment, the carpenters open up the pile like a book. They can read the wood's character, the uniformity of the grain and the colour.

Lefèvre Interiors 38Boards lie in the warehouse to dry.  Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

Then, each board starts its own artisan journey, to become panelling,…

Lefèvre Interiors 39Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

…made by the craftsmen in the Lefèvre Interiors workshop.

Lefèvre Interiors 40Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 3French 19th century style panelling - made of French oak.  Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 4French 19th century style panelling with integrated doors.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography 

 Lefèvre Interiors 5Detail panelling.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography      Detail cornice.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 7French painted panelling.   Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

 

Lefèvre Interiors 6Hand carved ornament.   Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

 

All panelling is made in the workshop of Lefèvre Interiors in Belgium.

Lefèvre Interiors 28Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 27One of our employees is scraping the wood. When you scrape the wood, instead of sanding it, you are still able to see and feel the texture.    Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 35Joinery.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 34A Lefèvre woodcarver at work.   Photo credit Koen Snauwaert

 

Lefèvre Interiors 33Plaster ornament models in our workshop.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 36All Lefèvre panelling is made of noble wood.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 32Each and every panelling has its own specific mouldings, according to the style of the panelled room. Frequently new designed mouldings are added to our existing collection.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 14Our employees installing the panelling in the client’s home.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Whether the panelling is stained, waxed or painted, finishes and patina are brought on by hand, at the client’s site.

Lefèvre Interiors 24Stained panelling.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 26Hand painted patina.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 25 Panelling finishes at client’s site.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 16French 18th century Régence style panelling with built in cabinet for flatscreen.  Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 13Panelling and shutters by Lefèvre Interiors.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 18Panelling with integrated French style door.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre                        

 

Lefèvre Interiors 19Panelling details : sunk moulding panelling.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 41My husband is minusculy taking over moulding details of an antique French panelling.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 17Panelling with curved panels.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 20Trumeau mirror above French marble chimney.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 9Panelled room by Lefèvre InteriorsPhoto credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 10Focal point in this room and starting point to design the panelling, was the French 18th century Régence walnut chimney piece.   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 12In contrast with the panelling in the previous room, this panelling has raised mouldings.  Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 11Panelled wall with secret door towards the entry hall.  Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 10bPanelling and French chest by Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Claude Smekens Photography

 

Lefèvre Interiors 30Hand painted panelling finishes by Lefèvre Interiors.   Photo credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Lefèvre Interiors 31Stained wood finishes for panelling by Lefèvre InteriorsPhoto credit Greet Lefèvre

 

Out of respect for and in memory of my father Jacques Lefèvre, not a single piece leaves the workshop without the brand of J. Lefèvre.

Lefèvre Interiors 29LEFEVRE SIGNATURE   Photo credit Claude Smekens

 

If you would like us to design your panelled room, feel free to contact us at info@lefevre.be .

For more Lefèvre Interiors realisations visit our website at www.lefevre.be .

 

Leading our family-owned business, together with my husband, - and this for the 4th generation (since 1890) -, I am honoured and pleased to mention that Lefèvre Interiors will be featured in the newest Belgian book ‘MANUFACTUM’.

‘MANUFACTUM’ is the title of a new book that will be published in December 2014. The book highlights 20 Belgian high-end artisans and craftsmen.

MANUFACTUM COVERCover ‘Manufactum’

by Dirk De Moor (text) & Philippe Debeerst (photography) – Snoeck Publishers Belgium

 

‘MANUFACTUM’ is a book on 'masters in handcraft', that highlights Belgian people & companies that manufacture products where manual labor, knowledge, tradition and skills are essential. Products that by their quality, uniqueness and exclusivity only can be produced by human hands. A touch of exclusivity and tradition. Mastery after all.

 

The book will be available in Dutch, French and English. The presentation to the press will take place on December 11.

’Manufactum’ will be available at the bookstore next month.

 

I will keep you updated!

xx

Greet

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

In love with the fashion models of Belgian Isabelle

 

Today I would love to introduce you to one of my favorite contemporary Belgian artists, the painter Isabelle Bossuyt.

I have to admit that I really am intrigued by Isabelle’s work. Every time I see a new painting appearing on her Facebook or Pinterest page, I am amazed by the emotion and the power, emanating from her paintings.

Isabelle Bossuyt (°1977) graduated as ‘Master in Expressive Arts, option Textile Design ' at Sint-Lucas Academy Ghent, Belgium.

Driven by her never gone away passion for painting together with her huge interest in textiles, textures, colors and in fashion, Isabelle opted, since several years, to focus on full-time painting.

Isabelle's passion for fashion, enclosed in an artistic jacket, results in an intriguing series of paintings.

1Isabelle at work in her studio.

The artist is not only bringing together colors, fabrics and textures, but is also searching to reproduce facial expressions of her characters.

Isabelle likes to paint fashion models and also the movements on the catwalk are fascinating her. Not what is shown interests her, but the stately elegance of the models, the comings and goings of fashion trends, the power of those few minutes on the catwalk, the moments that pass away very quickly, the short duration power.

The catwalk as a sublime encounter between power and beauty. Superhuman, hastily and unreal. As a theatre is.

Her characters are lifelike and if you look closely you can see them move.

7Show time   oil on canvas   150 cm x 150 cm

 

9Kom naar me toe   oil on canvas   150 cm x 150 cm

 

8Mirror me   oil on canvas   120 cm x 120 cm

 

10De dames   oil on canvas   100 cm x 100 cm

 

' Clothing is giving a certain character to a person and I like to emphasize the character traits of the figures in the painting by making them look subdued or vice verca, giving them a self-confident and triumphantly look by showing them wearing high heels.’, clarifies Isabelle on her website.

 

‘Black & White’ is her most recent series of paintings.

The cool atmosphere in these black & white series is evoking the 'film noir' with its predominant moods of melancholy and alienation, where the 'femme fatale ' plays the leading role.

 

‘Black dress’ is one of my favorite paintings !  It reminds me of Coco Chanel.

3Black dress   oil on canvas   80 cm x 80 cm

 

4Wool   oil on canvas   120 cm x 120 cm

 

6Qui est cette fille   oil on canvas   100 cm x 150 cm

 

5Friday night   oil on canvas   100 cm x 100 cm

 

Dear readers, art lovers and fashionistas, if you love the paintings shown here or if you would love to have a personalized work of Isabelle Bossuyt , please contact Isabelle

at isabelle@spherebox.be

TIP : one of Isabelle’s paintings as the perfect Christmas gift !

To see more of Isabelle’s paintings, please visit her Website or Pinterest page here and here.

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Isabelle Bossuyt

Rijksweg 224

8710 Wielsbeke (Belgium)

+32 (0) 56 66 45 07

isabelle@spherebox.be

xx

Greet

 

All pictures of paintings with permission of Isabelle Bossuyt