COLLECTION_ Belgian design

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This week I’m presenting you with my favorite new Belgian designs of late, ranging from 4 meter long tables to tiny hammocks for air plants.

  1. Siblings Glenn and Sylvie Buydaert launched their label Bultin about a year ago, with these minimal lamps as their rather stunning first collection.  More info here.
  2. Photographer and designer Luca beel creates gorgeous “Luca Bowls”.  More pictures here. (You might have seen them before in this INSIGHTS blogpost.)
  3. Axelle Vertommen saves old ironing boards and residual wood from the trash and turns them into these unique shelving systems.  Read more here.
  4. Nicole Brock designed this ingenious modular vanity table, including a detachable suitcase.  More info here.
  5. Nathalie Teugels stands for magnificent minimal furniture in steel and marble, all handmade by Nathalie herself.  This magazine side table is one of my favorites.  See more here.
  6. Leather accessory designer (and one of my best friends) Lies Mertens (you’ve seen her before on the blog here) designed this cute Hammock for the air plants of Phyt (which you’ve seen on the blog before here).  Buy it here.
  7. With The Lab Brewer, you can easily make your very own cold brew coffee or botanical gin, and impress your friends with your newly acquired brewing skills .  Get it here.
  8. This lovely mirror, called Dome, is designed by the Brussels based Hausmerk and made in Belgium.  Find it here.
  9. Studio Sergeant developed Alfons, a clever extendable table that can seat up to 16 people and extends in small steps, ensuring it fits any situation and any space.  Find out more here.

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COLLECTION_ de invasie + give-away

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Next weekend De Invasie is finally taking over Antwerp again.  This platform for young talent will invade several locations in the city, where over 80 Strijders – warriors – will present their newest creations in fashion, interior design, illustration and many other domains.  To celebrate the launch of her first collection of leather goods at De Invasie, I’ve teamed up with my friend and one of my favorite Strijders Lies Mertens.   Keep an eye on my instagram account today to find out how you can win one of her handmade designs!

  1. Lies Mertens designs and makes beautiful leather goods, sized to fit modern life.  (You’ve seen her on the blog before here.)  More info here. (Photo by Eline Ros.)
  2. Margot Thyssen creates ceramics that are stunning in their simplicity. Find out more here.
  3. Architect and all-round creative Anouk Taeymans is presenting an innovative design-shelf with her label byANOUK.  See more of her work here.
  4. Atelier Belge is the brand behind the beautiful modular organizer Loopholes, find out more here.
  5. Ophelia creates gorgeous lingerie by hand, inspired by contemporary art, vintage, and modern women.  Read all about it here.
  6. Textile designer Jente Hendrickx is the brains and hands behind a collection of stunningly fragile textiles.   See more of her work here.  (Photo by Eefje De Coninck.)
  7. Nord interior design is the furniture label of interior designer Femke De Witte.  Soon more info here.
  8. Graphic designers Linde Luyten en Tille Lingier from RE_DO give new life to paper waste from printers and turn them into unique notepads and weekplanners. Find out more here.
  9. Leen Vanbroekhoven founded Oh My Kids, a brand of graphic sweatshirts for kids.  See more here.

For more info about De Invasie, the Strijders and the locations they’ll be invading, take a look here.

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WORK_ Espiga

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Recently, graphic designer Lies Mertens and I collaborated on the identity of jewelry brand Espiga.  This brand started as a school project by 5 young women, who created a piece of jewelry that is more than meets the eye.  This 3D printed geometric pendant contains a piece of felt that can hold a perfume up to three days, much longer than the skin does.  It’s the ideal solution if you’re allergic to perfume or if you want your favorite bottle of perfume to last a little bit longer.

Lies and I created a new logo and a lookbook, shot at Kornél (with the beautiful artwork by Mayken Craenen in the background) with two of the brands’ founders as models.  The yellow table top at Kornél inspired us to use this color throughout the entire branding and the presentation we prepared for them, which landed them the price for presentation with the strongest impact at the Vlajo finals.  Hooray for us!

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SUNDAZE_ Lies Mertens

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Sundaze is all about that Sunday feeling, with no obligations, only endless possibilities.  Whether your day off is on an actual Sunday or any other day of the week: everybody knows and loves that feeling.  In this topic, I document inspirational people on their day off.  How we spend the day is up to them, no obligations, remember?  Through this topic, I intend to see the city through their eyes, but also find out a little bit more about what drives this person in their daily life.  The first person to offer a peek into her life, is Lies Mertens, a 25 year old graphic designer and leather accessory designer located in Antwerp, but with a lot of love for travel.

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COLLECTION_ bags

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  1. Backpack III in navy by Mum & co, find it here.
  2. Laptop case by Lies Mertens, soon available here.
  3. Bucket in Haze by Building Block, buy it here.
  4. Gama Zeus in rose by Annelies Timmermans, get it here.
  5. Backpack by Avalanche, soon for sale here.
  6. Clutch bag by Jujumade, unfortunately sold out here.
  7. Metallic leather backpack by COS, buy it here.
  8. Reid backpack by Herschel, available here.
  9. Collection of bags by LRNCE, find it here.