Axel Vervoordt: the real estate project

Library at the silosThe big project

Following the designer series that we began with Piet Hein Eek, here we have a new chapter about which we are tremendously excited: Axel Vervoordt. We got to know him on autumn 2014, when we first visited the headquarters at Kanaal (Wijnegem, Belgium) during one of his winter exhibitions.

In autumn of 2015 we returned to see this enormous project in real life again.

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The layout of the original house

Drawing of the original houseThis is where we started

Since Hubert bought the house, the plans and the design have changed quite a bit. It was clear that the original house had to undergo a major restoration work and that the layout did not fit the new requirements. The design process from the original layout to the final arrangement has been long (over a year purely designing) and it has required plenty of creativity. With this post we are beginning a series related to the design process in which we will walk through the biggest decisions that we have made and the reasons behind them.

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Piet Hein Eek: our visit

Piet Hein Eek shopInspiration everywhere!

During the past months Hubert and I have become increasingly interested on furniture design: partly because we have spent a lot of time building with wood and partly because it is time to start thinking about the furniture arrangements of our own the house. As new furniture-design-lovers we are in the process of getting familiar with the trends, materials, designers and events. One of the first well-known designers that we came across was Piet Hein Eek. As soon as we discovered his products we paid a visit to his workshop/showroom and find out what he is all about.

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The offset smoker: introduction

beef brisketLow and Slow

Recently another project has born in The Shed. It is all about wood fires, meat and beer: designing and building a real Texas offset smoker! You might ask yourself “Doesn’t this guy have a house to build?”. The answer is simple: yes. But being a technical guy these sorts of things get me interested. I always want to figure out how things work and then try to improve them. Maybe that’s why I always end up with so many projects…

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