After writing about my recent bachelor pad project, I couldn't help but think about inspiring pads I love. My new favorite is the Belgium home of architect Vincent Van Duysen, featured last month in Vogue Living Australia. I have been a fan of Duysen's work for a long time - particularly his stunning Cascade chandelier for Swarovski, which I used in my thesis project. Looking through the magazine, his home literally took my breath away. Vogue describes the space simply as "the new minimalism". I agree...despite the predominant use of white in the space, natural and handmade materials and heavily upholstered furnishings add warmth.
He purchased the neo-classical home six years ago and I wish Vogue Living had captured some shots of the exterior. The project took three years to complete, one year for planning and two years of construction. Duysen had hefty goals for creating his ideal space. To create his highly flexible and enormous living room, he brought in three large steel beams to support the load of the entire house. The space currently works as a dining and living room featuring two oak tables designed by him and slip-covered upholstered chairs and sofas. I love the integration of wood in the treads and risers in the stairwell and the black/traditional accents in the kitchen.
The bedroom, like the rest of the space is surreal defined by the bookshelf surround at the bed. My favorite room is the charcoal painted television room, I love the departure here. The sofa, in charcoal velvet features rugged old pillows. The space feels intimate, a perfect cozy space for the designer to relax during the winter.
I find this space especially inspiring as I am dying to create a loft space that is primarily white with dark colors infused in rooms. While the furnishings are certainly at odds with what one thinks of as modern and minimal, the simplicity of the design celebrates the incredibly high ceilings and elegant bones of the mansion.