ISSUE 36  |  Minimalist Glamour

The Ultimate High/Low Housewares Shop, Belgian Edition

September 11, 2014 5:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

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Back in 2010, we first heard word of Belgian interiors shop Magazyn; it continues to earn a spot on our hit list, especially now that the shop sells its collection online and delivers worldwide.

Owned by Thomas Haarmann, a former art director from Düsseldorf, Germany, Magazyn sells a range of tableware, furniture, and objects—everything from Astier de Villatte ceramics and Lobmeyr glassware to basic cotton laundry bags. Back in 2012, Haarmann moved the store from a location within Antwerp’s central mall to a spot near Nationalestraat, a street featuring the likes of Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester. The store is more spacious with a palette of concrete and white walls cast in low lighting from Michael Anastassiades.

Photography courtesy of Stephanie Duval of 70percentpure, except where noted.

Above: Behind a large composite island is a thin shelf displaying a variety of ceramic serving pieces from French company Astier de Villatte. Photograph courtesy of Dieter Vander Velpen of The Epic Guide.

Above: The Tube Chandelier by London-based Greek lighting designer Michael Antassiades hangs above the island.

Above: Ultra-thin crystal decanters and vases from LobmeyrPhotograph courtesy of Dieter Vander Velpen of The Epic Guide.

Above: A trio of Antassiades’s large and small Ball Lights hang over a mock kitchen sink. Further down the countertop are various sizes of Oak Cutting Boards leaning against the wall.

Above: A rolling pin, an oil and vinegar glassware set, and Iris Hantverk Washing-up Whisks.

Above: Haarmann showcases a collection of furniture—stools, storage shelves, and seating—on seasonal rotation. Photograph courtesy of Dieter Vander Velpen of The Epic Guide.

Above: Linen tote bags hang artfully from the ceiling by thin black leather ties.

Above: A vintage dining table and a set of rattan and steel chairs for sale in store. Photograph courtesy of Dieter Vander Velpen of The Epic Guide.

Above: A custom sofa in deep gray suede sits at the entrance to the store. In the background are a stack of Sisman SuperSputnik stools.

Above: Visit Magazyn at 34A Steenhouwersvest, in Antwerp.

Traveling to Belgium? Have a look at our favorite places to eat, sleep, and shop in our Antwerp City Guide.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 22, 2010, as part of our Postcards from Belgium issue.