I decided to take a trip down memory lane today. These beautiful images of Vincent Van Duysen‘s home in Antwerp have been permanent residents in my image collection for a number of years. Photographed by the celebrated Spanish photographer Manolo Yllera (previously), this painfully stylish Belgian architect’s home awakes in me an equal amount of admiration and design envy. Yes, I admit it – I can get jealous at times too you now! In fact, I specifically remember purchasing a copy of Vogue Living several years ago just because it featured this amazing home on the cover (July/August 2009 issue, to be exact).



Completed more than 10 years ago, this house looks as beautiful and relevant today as it did back in 2001. Featuring Vincent Van Duysen‘s signature spare aesthetic, the house is a true expression of honest design essence, abstraction and purity. The choice of materials is sheer perfection – natural and raw, limited array of colours, combination of rough woven textures and smooth surfaces. Wide open spaces ooze calm and understated style, complemented beautifully with carefully selected furniture, objects and artwork. I am in love with the way historical references and detailing meet the sharp and the contemporary to create a perfect union. It is precisely this combination of formal rigour and sensuality which makes this home a very special one indeed.



While I was doing my usual snooping around the net, I came across a book by Manolo Yllera which features a different rendition of this home (images below). Here you can see completely different furniture and styling which creates a whole new look, which I find equally as beautiful.



For me, this represents undeniable proof that good architecture and careful design of “bone structure” provides a fool-proof canvas for any number of ways to furnish, style, accessorise and decorate. Anyway, I am seriously having a hard time picking a favourite. What about you?



Oh, and just one more thing and then I’ll go – is it just me or have both those rugs used in the living room been “reinterpreted” by IKEA?

[Images © Manolo Yllera. Via Manolo Yllera & blurb.]

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

16 Responses

  1. SLW

    Amazing eye candy and I do like your thoughtful terminology – “reinterpreted”

  2. Michelle

    Much prefer the 2nd option as it’s a lot more homely. The first is too corporate for my likings :)

  3. Harriet

    Completely amazing. I love both versions too, and I’d sell my soul for that bath with the wooden legs.

  4. Salpickering

    Yes Dana, I have always loved madeline weinrib’s buche rug. I’ve settled for the Ikea reinterpretation until maybe one day I find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  5. brismod

    Oh yes, the reinterpreted made me giggle. I also like your description about what makes good timeless design. xx


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