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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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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How to spruce up wooden crates

Wooden cratesThe beauty below the filth

We bought these wooden crates on our first visit to the second hand furniture market of Amiens in 2014. When we found them, they looked terribly: they were extremely dirty and beaten-up, but we loved them. They were made of solid wood so we knew that with a little bit of patience we could make them look beautiful again.

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Quest to Amiens Part III

Aluminum molds

The second round

It was October 2014 when we decided to make our first trip to Amiens. It was the first time that we went on such a quest in search of second-hand objects to furnish and decorate our future house. During the first half of the day we explored the market, practiced our very poor negotiation skills and purchased a few items, such as 2 portholes, 2 tractor seats and a wooden press screw of about a 1m [3.3´]. However, our expedition was only halfway: we had the entire afternoon to keep searching.

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Quest to Amiens 2014, Part I

Camping

First time explorers…

Twice a year, Amiens hosts the second biggest second-hand furniture market in Europe, after Lille. It gathers about 2.000 sellers, both professional and amateur and up to 80.000 visitors. For one day (Sunday) the streets of the city center are packed with all sorts of second-hand items: from baby clothes to bedframes, from old books to pieces of art. Anything can be found laying on the streets of Amiens if you search well. Continue reading