On a sunny autumn day in October I went to Antwerp on invitation of PSLAB to celebrate their collaboration with Graanmarkt 13 and architect Vincent van Duysen.
PSLAB has designed a series of lamps for the store and during the event site-specific installations prepared by PSLAB showed the various stages of the PSLAB process on sheets of raw black steal and sketches printed on huge pieces of raw cotton draped in between with the garments of the space. Earlier I showed the work of PSLAB in this post about the Jane, a restaurant in Antwerp designed by Piet Boon.
Chef Seppe Nobels of the restaurant in the basement of Graanmarkt13, prepared a beautiful lunch of local specialities made from fresh and organic ingredients. I hadn't eaten so delicious in a long time, everything tasted so good, and as it was sunny we enjoyed the beautiful green patio and the friendly atmosphere.
Graanmarkt13 is a conceptstore selling fashion and accessories and offers a selection of furniture and homewares designed by talented designers such as Michaël Verheyden, I wrote a post about his work some years ago here: Maison et Objet 2013 | Mixed Materials. The store is a mix of beautiful materials and the building is amazing and really impressive. I would love to go back to see how it looks for Christmas.
Meeting Vincent van Duysen was definitely one of the highlights of the day, I love those informal chats and somehow I always seem to end up talking about materials and the beauty of imperfection with my favourite designers. Having seen pictures online of the owners apartment designed by Vincent van Duysen on the upper floors of the building, I was curious to see it with my own eyes and luckily got invited to have a look.
Owner Tim told me how he and his wife enjoyed the apartment and it's stunning look! It was great to see it with my own eyes and see all the different materials, such as metal, stone and concrete were used in the design of the apartment.Behind one of the doors in the entrance of the store a concrete stair leads up to the apartment which now is for holiday rent, guests can enjoy several bed and bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with a beautiful view over town and I even discovered a hot tube on the balcony!
pictures © Vosgesparis