Meeting Alexander Girard at the Vitra House

Alexander Girard (1907–1993) was one of the most influential textile artists and interior designers of the twentieth century. He created worlds of colourful opulence in which everything was precisely and artfully coordinated, from the smallest details to the big picture. Examples include the Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana (1953; architect Eero Saarinen) and the legendary restaurant La Fonda del Sol (1960) in New York. Girard designed furniture, small objects and fabrics.

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The vitra museum, built by Frank Gehry, painted in honour of the Alexander Girard exhibition.
Alexander Girard
Alexander Girard
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Girard fabric designs at the Vitra House

He also designed  for Braniff International Airways and collaborated with such designers as Charles & Ray Eames and George Nelson. The exhibition shows the creative universe from which Girard took his inspiration: folk art from all over the world, which the designer collected throughout his life, from Mexico to India..
A selection of 300 objects from his collection is also featured in the exhibition.

 

Girard Braniff Airlines 1965
Braniff Airlines Design
Girard - Braniff Airlines
Braniff Airlines Design
Girard - Miller House
Irwin Miller House , Columbus, Indiana
Girard - dolls
Girard Dolls Irwin Miller House , Columbus, Indiana
Girard - La Fonde del sol Resto NYC
La Fonda del Sol Restaurant in NYC, 1960

 

LULU Home & Interior

Always open to new inspiration we popped in at Lulu Home & Interior, with its 850 square meters of furniture exhibition close to Place Chatelain in Brussels, it’s a great place to hang out on a rainy (or snowy) afternoon. The shop offers a well selected mix of contemporary furniture and decoration objects. The style could be described as a mix of 50s inspired, industrial and Scandinavian. After having strolled around for a while we finished off with a coffee at their café. If you are planning to go furniture shopping in Brussels this is definitely a place to check out.

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‘Tstad expo

’Tstad held a 2 day pop-up exhibition at the Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke not far from Antwerp. We thought it was a great possibility to get some inspiration and find out what’s new for 2016! The exhibition was a pleasure to visit, not least for the cool environment of the Verbeke Foundation showroom, decorated with fascinating art pieces.

Many exhibitors had drawn inspiration from nature and ecology. One of the highlights were the atelier of Tradewinds – charming little retro style wagons for the hotel industry or private gardens – and  Breit & Rietveld, a Dutch wholesaler of great decoration products from the Far East, like beautiful handmade tables, pots and stone objects.

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Breit & Rietveld
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Breit & Rietveld

 

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After an inspirational visit, Heidi was ready for lunch!! ;)

 

A charming French Guest House raising from Ashes…. Part 2

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Designing the interior of the ancient building was a difficult, yet interesting project. We paid great attention to both, colours and furniture to preserve the building’s history and styl.

Because of the light situation, painting the ceiling posed a real challenge as the colours kept changing dramatically from one spot to the other. Our goal was to achieve a friendly, light and warm tone, which we finally found by mixing several tones on site (Farrow & Ball –  Tallow, New White and All White)….

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Farrow & Ball colour samples
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The bedroom during the renovation

We were very pleased with the final result, not least with the crystal, pear shaped chandeliers from Labyrinthe Interiors France which we placed over the seating area. This enhanced the space dramatically.

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After

Most of the furniture, including the vanity unit, come from our Belgian supplier Lee & Lewis. They provide nice quality furniture of waxed or distressed wood, upholstered with linen in many different shades.

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Seating area after
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View over the room from the window after.

Urban Cottage Industries, UK supplied us with wonderful retro style lights for the bathroom, with ceiling spots and wall down lighters. They were extremely helpful as deliveries to the very countryside of France can turn out to be quite difficult from time to time….Thanks to Iain and Nick for their moral and professional support! ;)

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Bathroom after

The vanity unit in combination with the Porcelanosa tiles has been a real success!

So, what is still left to do? Just lean back and watch the lawn grow green again after a hot, hot summer…..DSC_3951www.lee-lewis.be

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