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Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 27, 2013

Black and White Grandeur from Vincent Van Duysen

Issue 65 · Belgium and Beyond · March 27, 2013

Melanie Ireland, who was born and raised in the English countryside, now calls Antwerp her home. She began designing for the Belgian clothing company Anvers in the late eighties, and in 1997, motivated by her own pregnancy, launched the children's clothing line Simple Kids, the company she still runs today.

Ireland lives in the center of Antwerp with her two daughters, now in their teens, in a home designed by Vincent Van Duysen (we admit it; he's one of our favorites). The house had been in the same family for over a century, which meant that many of the original features were intact. For the renovations, Van Duysen pared back the building to its simplest form, with a mix of purity and minimalism, letting the original architectural details take center stage

Photos by Karel Balas via Milk Magazine.

Vincent Van Duysen Dining Room Antwerp

Above: An original marble fireplace with gild framed mirror is the focus of the otherwise pared-down dining room.

Dining room with chairs by Hans Wegner

Above: Floor-to-ceiling windows in the lofty dining room with a simply designed wood dining table surrounded by Wegner chairs.

Kitchen by Antwerp architect Vincent Van Duysen

Above: A black and white kitchen with marble counter and backsplash with an ingenious glass panel that runs the width of the wall concealing a fan.

Antwerp house by Vincent van Duysen

Above: Doors removed from an arched entry opened up the living space.

mantelpiece in home designed by Vincent van Duysen

Above: Stacks of magazines create a wall of white in the marble fireplace.

Traditional Belgian staricase

Above: The original staircase with wrought iron balusters.

Above: The stained wood floors were sanded and left natural.

Belgian house designed by Vincent van Duysen

Above: For a seamless look, the interior including all the original wooden molding was painted white.

Bedroom in Belgian house designed by Vincent van Duysen

Above; A wood paneled bedroom with built in wardrobe. A clever pull out wooden bench serves as a bedside table.

black and white bathroom in Belgian house designed by Vincent van Duysen

Above: The back and white color scheme of the kitchen is echoed in the bathroom with this cast iron Claw Foot Tub.

Like a black and white interior? See our post on Expert Advice: Living in Black and White. Want to own a bit of Vincent Van Duysen design? Check out his pieces for When Objects Work.
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