Friday, March 20, 2015

All Belgian textile

 

Today I would love to introduce you to some of our Belgian companies, known for their beautiful and high-quality textiles.

 

MIRABEL SLABBINCK

Mirabel Slabbinck 1‘MACA’ by Mirabel Slabbinck : table linen with a 5 mm satin stitch, colour to be chosen

 

Mirabel Slabbinck 2‘FANNA’ by Mirabel Slabbinck : monogram in embroidery with your personal initials, colours to be chosen

 

Mirabel Slabbinck 5‘MIMEA’ napkins by Mirabel Slabbinck

Mirabel Slabbinck has designed the MIMEA table-covers and napkins for the famous Belgian restaurant Hertog Jan, (three Michelin stars, top 100 restaurants of the World). Chef Gert de Mangeleer makes conscious use of local, seasonal and often forgotten products, which are grown in the garden of the restaurant itself. Mirabel refers to them in the set of 6 napkins on which these herbs and vegetables are embroidered : chervil, kohlrabi, cherry tomatoes, garden nasturtium, bear’s garlic and eggplant.

 

Mirabel Slabbinck 3‘KALI’ bed linen by Mirabel Slabbinck

 

Discover the entire collection at MIRABEL SLABBINCK

 

 

SCAPA HOME

Scapa 3Sofa upholstery and cushions Scapa Home Collection Summer 2015

 

Scapa 2Table runners Scapa Home Collection Summer 2015

 

Scapa 4Table cloth and cushions Scapa Home Collection Summer 2015

 

Explore the entire summer 2015 collection at SCAPA WORLD

 

 

P-LO

PLO 1Cushion Collection The Elements ‘Fire & Ice’ and ‘Earth & Wind’ by P-LO

 

PLO 3Cushions Collection Basic by P-LO

 

PLO 2 Cushion Collection The Elements ‘Fire & Ice’ by P-LO

 

Discover cushions and more at P-LO

 

 

JULES CLARYSSE

Jules Clarysse 2Towel ‘Elise’ by Olivier Strelli for Jules Clarysse

 

Jules Clarysse 1Kitchen towels Jules Clarysse

 

Jules  Clarysse 3Table runners and napkins ‘Jack’ by Olivier Strelli for Jules Clarysse

 

Explore the entire collection at JULES CLARYSE

 

I do hope you will enjoy visiting the websites and webshops of these Belgian companies.

Happy weekend!

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Brighten up your home for spring

 

 

Bring spring into your décor with blossom branches or refresh your home with simple bouquets.

Soft colors and fresh flowers can help bringing the warm weather and soothing scents of spring into your home.

 

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The soft pink Magnolia blossoms will brighten any room.

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Use simple greenery for your table decoration.

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Spring in every detail.

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Get the spring feeling with a bunch of tulips.

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Even fresh green herbs bring in scents of spring into your kitchen.

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Bring in spring even into your bathroom.

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Does spring tickle your nose ?

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Decorate with what nature has to offer at this time of the year.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

A remarkable story

 

Today I wanted to share with you a remarkable story that is absolutely worth a blogpost.

Our only full-time Flemish wood carver has been asked to create unique wooden prayer frames for a 19th-century abbey in England.

Last year robbers broke into the Benedictine Abbey of St Michael’s in Farnborough, England, entered the crypt and stole historic wooden framed prayers in French and Latin from the tomb of Prince Louis, son of Napoleon III.

Despite the efforts of local police and an international appeal among antique dealers, the prayer frames have not been retrieved, so they needed to be replaced.

The frames were made by an unknown wood carver in incredible detail. Finding someone to make exact replicas of the walnut frames was a difficult task untill Abbot Cuthbert Brogan stumbled on the website of our Belgian woodcarver Patrick Damiaens (see also my post about the book ‘MANUFACTUM’ here).

After seeing the highly detailed work of Patrick, they knew they had found the craftsman capable to carve the exact replicas. Patrick is now awarded with this job!

Patrick has photographs of the originals, from which he’ll make his own technical illustrations, which will form the basis of his carvings. And he will spend some time in museums in Paris acquainting himself more fully with original carvings done in the very ornate Napoleon III-style.

 

To read the full story, please click here.

1Patrick Damiaens at work in his workshop   Photo source here

Congratulations Patrick, we are so proud of you! Let us know when the frames are finished, seeing these carvings of your hand is worth a visit to the Abbey in Farnborough.

 

To see more of Patrick’s incredible work, please visit his website here or follow his blog here.

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Lefèvre Interiors featured in Argentine Magazine MIA

 

I hope you all have had a wonderful weekend.

To start this new week, I would love to share with you the featuring of our

company Lefèvre Interiors in the Argentine Magazine MIA.

A big thank you to Claudia Magne, editor of MIA.

 

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Thank you Claudia, we feel very honored you made the effort to introduce Lefèvre Interiors to your readers in Argentina.

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Wishing you all a fresh start of this new week.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

“Lefèvre Interiors” in the United Kingdom

 

I am pleased to announce that as of January 2015 our company is represented in the United Kingdom by London based art historian and interior design consultant Sabine Naghdi.

Over the past few years we received many emails and phone calls from UK residents, architects, designers and readers of my blog asking if our company was represented in the United Kingdom.

When we recently finished a project for one of my readers who was renovating her home in the Cotswolds (Lefèvre Interiors worked in collaboration with the London based architects ‘office Michaelis-Boyd Associates) we realized there is more and more demand for bespoke wood paneling, even in contemporary designed residences, and we felt the time had come to introduce our company to the UK.

Through my blog I got in touch with Sabine (who was a follower of my blog). It was such a pleasant surprise to learn that Sabine is also Belgian but she has lived for over 25 years in London. We communicated for a while via email and exchanged our thoughts about interior design and art related issues.

When we finally met face to face at the beginning of January this year, it felt as if we had known each other for years! We were talking nineteen to the dozen about our mutual interests and many passions and at the end of the day we realized we had been talking non-stop for 15 hours (yes it is possible!)

Today I am delighted to introduce you to Sabine.

 

Sabine was born in Belgium and grew up in Flanders. She recalls her passion for design and interiors since early childhood. When she was just ten years old she vividly recollects how fascinated she was when visiting the house of her best friend whose father was an architect and her mother an art collector. This early confrontation with beautiful architecture and Art influenced the rest of Sabine’s life as well as her choice of academic studies but instead of studying Interior Design and Architecture she choose to read History of Art at university. She obtained a M.A in “History of Art, Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations”, a B.A in ““History of Art: Byzantine Art to Modern Art” and a PhD in “Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology”. Whilst at university she travelled all over Europe, to Russia, Latin America and the Middle East where she participated in archaeological digs, she also travelled on numerous occasions through Africa in the 1980’s to conduct the necessary research for the completion of her thesis.  

 

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Soon after she graduated she moved to London and was hired by Sotheby’s. Sabine became one of their international Art experts and after finishing the in-house auctioneers course she became a Sotheby’s auctioneer.

Sotheby's LondonSotheby’s London, New Bond Street   Image source Sotheby’s

At Sotheby’s she was responsible for the valuation of works of Art in the UK and Europe, producing sales catalogues, handling the departmental auctions and she represented her European clients in the USA during sales in New York.

After the birth of her two daughters she became Head of Client Development and International Sales at a renowned Contemporary Art Gallery. Later on she worked as an independent Art Consultant and completed a course in “Art Economics and Art Fund Management”.

 

When her eldest daughter Yasmine started training at the world-renowned Royal Ballet School at the age of 11, Sabine gave up her career in the Arts to fully devote herself to the education of her two daughters.

Royal Ballet SchoolThe Royal Ballet School - White Lodge, Richmond Park, London   Photo credit Rob Green

 

In 2007 she was hired as a Museum Consultant and collaborated in the creation of a unique Ballet Museum in UK : White Lodge Museum in Richmond Park, London.

MuseumWhite Lodge Ballet Museum   Image source The Royal Ballet School

 

Sabine lives in Holland Park, Kensington, with her husband and their two daughters. Her daughter Yasmine is now an accomplished Soloist with The Royal Ballet, based at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Sabine and her husband are often at the Royal Opera House attending performances by The Royal Ballet. Her youngest daughter Tatiana is still a student and her ambition is to work for one of the big London Estate Agents and to have a career in property development.

 

  Yasmine Naghdi as “Olga” with Matthew Ball as “Lensky” in John Cranko’s ballet “Onegin”, February 2015, The Royal Ballet, London.  

Yasmine Naghdi   Photo credit : Nigel Norrington

 

Yasmine on the cover of Harper's Bazaar UK April 2014, wearing a dress from the Ralph Lauren Summer 2014 collection.

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Royal_Opera_House_and_ballerina The Royal Opera House, Bow Street, with Plazzotta's statue “Young Dancer” in the foreground

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In 2010 Sabine finally decided to do what she always loved doing most: to style and decorate interiors. She set up her own company “S&D Interiors”.

A meeting in early January 2015 with Sabine, resultated in collaborating with Lefèvre Interiors and Sabine now represents our company in the UK.

SHOOT 469-LEFEVRE-002055Lefèvre Interiors realisation   Photo credit : Claude Smekens Photography

 

Sabine is also the co-writer of “Treasures in Your Home : An Illustrated Guide to Antiques and Their Prices” and recently she was invited to write the Foreword to “Forever Africa”, by Viviana Vammalle, an Argentinian world traveller.

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In her free time she enjoys watching World cinema, Art House movies, travelling to far away destinations (mainly Asia) and visiting Art galleries and museums; her favourite museum in London is the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Victoria & Albert Museum Victorian & Albert Museum London   Image source Wikipedia   Photo credit David Iliff

 

Sharing this video Sabine wanted to show us why we all should visit the V&A museum.

                                 

 

Sabine is an eclectic collector of all things beautiful but she has a huge passion for Japanese baskets and pottery, South-East Asian textiles and costumes, ethnic utilitarian objects such as antique Burmese lacquer ware (see below), Contemporary art and ceramics.

Burma objectsSome of the objects Sabine brought back from her recent trip to Burma: (top) a Buddhist prayer book (covered in gold leaf) in Shan-Pali writing, next to calligraphy brushes brought back from Vietnam, and two ivory bracelets from Burkina Faso (Africa). Below: a red soon-oke (very rare) on the right, two betel boxes (from Shan States) with intricately carved scenes (left).

 

Sabine and I have so much in common, not only are we both Flemish but our taste for beautiful accessories and objects is totally shared alongside our great passion for Art and beautiful interiors.

We feel confident that our collaboration will lead to a successful introduction of Lefèvre Interiors to the UK and that Lefèvre Interiors' focus on tradition and quality will resonate well with the UK market.

We are looking forward to design and execute custom-made interiors of country houses, town houses, apartments and commercial projects in the United Kingdom.

 

For all your UK projects, feel free to contact Sabine

at sabine.naghdi@lefevre-interiors.co.uk

T + 44 (0) 20 7603 1777

M + 44 (0) 7858 369 621

Lefèvre Interiors Belgium

WWW.LEFEVRE.BE

 

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

Greet

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Chandigarh seating furniture

 

After the war, Swiss-French architect, designer and urban planner Charles Edouard Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier (1887-1965), was committed with the planning, the design and construction of the city of Chandigarh, the first planned city in India.

After the partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947, the former British province of Punjab was split between India and Pakistan. The Indian state of Punjab required a new capital city to replace Lahore, which became part of Pakistan during the partition, and so Chandigarh, the first planned city in India, was created. Chandigarh (Chandi, the Indian goddess of power – garh, meaning fortress) is known internationally for its architecture and urban design.

The construction of this new city began in 1951, to symbolise India’s entrance into the modern age (the work would last more than 10 years).

Le Corbusier appointed his cousin, the Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret (1896 -1967) to oversee the construction sites and to design the furniture. So everything in Chandigarh was fashioned by this dynamic duo.

 

Chandigarh Writing chair Pierre Jeanneret

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Le Corbusier (sitting in the ‘Committee’ chair) and Pierre Jeanneret in The Committee Room.

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Pierre Jeanneret designed furniture for the various public and private buildings, using local available wood (teak or sissoo) and hiring local craftsmen, which gave his furniture its own special character, designed in the same spirit as the city, in the same school of thoughts.

Until a few years ago those most incredible Jeannerret creations were sold for a few rupees in India (if they weren’t chopped up for teak or left to rot after they broke), but nowadays they are much sought-after by furniture-lovers and collectors all over the world and have been auctioned for small fortunes.

 

With her 40 minutes film ‘Provenance’ (2013) the American director Amie Siegel made visible the Chandigarh furniture’s movement around the globe. The film starts with the furniture seen nowadays in residences of collectors from all over the world. Then the film moves backwards to the auction houses (where this furniture has been auctioned for record prices) and preview exhibitions,…to restoration, cargo shipping containers and Indian ports. And the film is ending finally in Chandigarh.

This kind of montage exposes the circuits of ownership and history that influence the furniture's fluctuating value.

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Although the Chandigarh furniture collection is composed of much more than only seating furniture pieces, today I would like to introduce you to the Pierre Jeanneret chairs and seats.

 

Chandigarh ‘committee’ chair in the dining room of a private apartment in Paris by Joseph Dirand.

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Chandigarh ‘office’ armchair in a living room by Nicolas Schuybroek.

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Chandigarh ‘office’ chair in a dining room by Nicolas Schuybroek.

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PJ19Detail Office cane armchair   Image source 1stdibs

 

Chandigarh caned and ebonized-teak ‘office’ chair in a dining room by Rose Tarlow.

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A large number of the Chandigarh furniture were entered in a register kept in the secretariat of the various administrations and the inventory number was stenciled in white, preferably at the back or on one side of the furniture, allowing their location. Not all public locations furniture was marked and many have erased with time. The furniture pieces for the Chandigarh private houses were never marked.

PJ27Easy armchair 1952   Image source MDBA  Galerie Patrick Seguin and Office armchair 1959-1960   Image source Galerie Patrick Sequin

 

Chandigarh ‘office’ armchairs in the kitchen of a private apartment in Paris by Joseph Dirand.

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Chandigarh ‘lounge’ sofa and armchair in the living room of a private apartment in Paris by Joseph Dirand.

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Chandigarh ‘public’ bench and low chairs in the living room of the private apartment in Paris of decorative-arts dealers Laurence and Patrick Seguin.

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PJ25Hide and teak public bench ca 1959-1960   Image source Galerie Patrick Seguin

 

Chandigarh upholstered ‘easy’ chairs and ‘kangourou’ fireside chair on the cover of the book ‘Living With Light’ by Axel Vervoordt.

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Upholstered easy chair   Image source Chandigarh Design   © Photo Archive JD

 

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Kangourou fireside chair (sissoo wood)  Image source 1stdibs

 

 

Chandigarh ‘lounge’ chair, upholstered in a unique painted canvas. Interior design by Axel Vervoordt.

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Chandigarh ‘armless easy’ chair in a living room by Vincent Van Duysen.

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PJ22Armless easy chair   Image source Chandigarh Design   © Photo Archive JD

 

A man sat working on, and next to, an original Pierre Jeanneret teak armchair at the Forestry Department in Chandigarh, India.PJ2Image source The New York Times

“ Every working day for the past 20 years, Suresh Kanwar, a civil engineer in Chandigarh’s Forestry Department, has been sitting on the same battered wooden chair, an object he said had “no beauty” even if it was, “for office use, very comfortable.” (text source The New York Times)

 

As the furniture fell into disrepair, it was thrown into government storerooms and often sold for peanuts.

Years ago there definitely was a general lack of appreciation of Chandigarh’s architecture and interior design by the administration and the general public in India.

 

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The city authorities, who are applying for Unesco World Heritage status, have ordered that no more furniture will be auctioned, and prisoners in the local jail have been commissioned to start restoring some of the broken pieces. Nowadays, Indians are aware of Chandigarh's rich cultural heritage. Since January 2011, it has been illegal to remove any furniture from the city unless the authorities and the Ministry of Culture give their permission.

Chandigarh ‘writing’ chairs at a jail in Chandigarh, after inmates had restored them.

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If you want to know more about the Chandigarh furniture, here are some articles aned websites where you will find interesting information :

http://www.chandigarh-design.com

http://www.patrickseguin.com/en/designers/pierre-jeanneret/available-pieces-pierre-jeanneret

http://amiesiegel.net/project/provenance

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/19/world/asia/19chandigarh.html

http://chandigarhtourism.gov.in

 

Finally, I would love to share with you an interesting publication : ‘Le Corbusier–Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh, India’,  by Paris based art dealer Patrick Seguin, who is specialized in furniture and architecture of the 20th century.

This comprehensive work is dedicated to the massive Chandigarh project, of which the architecture and furniture are considered today as essential in the history of the 20th century.

lecorbusier-jeanneret-bookCover book  ‘Le Corbusier–Pierre Jeanneret, Chandigarh, India’, Edition Galerie Patrick Seguin,2013

 

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