Found in Waasmunster, East Flanders, Belgium, this incredible monastery is a beautiful and respectful piece of architecture. Designed by the Benedictine monk and architect Dom Hans van der Laan, completed in 1975. We visited this particular building to experience and appreciate ‘the plastic number’ a ratio that calls upon the relationship between measures that in turn belong to a group of measures. Created to find comfort and beauty in the proportion of spaces in which we dwell. Using the method allows our eyes and body perceive the space and relation of objects / structures and the spaces between them. The resulting architecture and space has a natural flow and demonstrates an appreciation of space which we can find comfort.
Based on its school of painting in the 17C Antwerp has an artistic reputation, included in its cultural heart is the Royal Academy of Fine Arts. We chose to visit Antwerp for the modern architecture and the modern culture, dominated by the soft tones of Vincent Van Duysen architecture and interiors.
A trip to Maison et Object is a great opportunity to experience the expanse of the design world and to soak up the Parisian culture. Highlights include a trip to ‘Merci’ in La Marais, a place to socialize and experience elegant and humble food served with a sensational simplicity.
This natural material is a wonder to behold. Variations, individual characteristics, natural imperfections are all taken into consideration when selecting such an engaging material. As part of the coordinated design process we are asked to review stone slabs and blocks in the majestic mountains of Carrara and surrounding quarries. These majestic marble quarries offer a wealth of choice. Selected and purchased in block or slab form it is a fantastic opportunity to comprehend and appreciate the source of the material. Understanding the sourcing process and manufacturing techniques is key when putting pen to paper on designs.