Friday, 30 January 2009

'Number 76' - Romantic Minimalism in Brussels

Recipe For Good Design

Take one classic Belgian House. Add one part of quirky Englishness and one part French cool. Throw in a large handful of nostalgia and a good pinch of modernism. Stir well and serve.

If you follow this recipe correctly, your result should look something like this.




I was very lucky to spend last weekend in this fabulous house in Brussels. It's owned by Justine Glanfield, a multi-talented designer (of, amongst other things, knitwear, children's clothes and interiors) and her husband Vincent Fournier - a brilliant photographer, whose strange and wonderful images fill me with awe.




It's an amazing place. High ceilings and large windows let the soft grey belgian light flood in, which perfectly compliment the interiors,. Justine has created a home filled with a sort of romantic minimalism - where the empty spaces are as beautiful as the furnishings. It's calm and evocative and very lovely.



'Number 76' can be used as a photographic location, and also functions as a B&B for the design savvy. It's website can be found at

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