Magazyn - simplicity at its best!

Stumbled upon this store on the ever so elegant blog REMODELISTA. A stunningly curated selection of clean and organic designs, this little shop has a big impact on the ever so stylish city of Antwerp, Belgium. With a palette of neutrals and raw textures - Magazyn showcases objects with clean lines allowing the beauty of the chosen materials to shine in harmony with its surroundings. This store is minimalism at its best!

"Owned by Thomas Haarmann, a former art director from D├╝sseldorf, 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." - Remodelista

Steenhouwersvest 34A
2000 Antwerpen
011-32-(0)3 226 66 06 

Savonnerie Bruxelloise

I discovered Savonneries Bruxelloise after receiving one of their elegant boxes as a gift, and just had to find out more about these exquisite soaps! Their sophisticated scents are Ginger & Lime, Calendula, Green Tea, Peony, Lilly of the Valley, Black Rose, Olive Flower, Lavender and more ...

Established in 1926, Savonneries Bruxelloises has over the years, established itself as Belgium’s premier soap maker. Located in the heart of Brussels and still in the original building where the compagny was founded, they still use traditional methods of manufacturing and only the finest of fragrances. At this time, they are exporting more than 75% of their production to almost all European Countries, to the Middle East, the Far East and to North America.

Adress : 27, Ed. Tollenaere street
B-1020 Brussels
Tel : +32 2 426.46.40

Getting Lost In a Steel Maze

Artists Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout van Verenbergh of Gijs Van Vaerenbergh designed a huge maze with five-meter-tall steel corridors at the C-MINE Art Centre in Genk, Belgium. Around a kilometer of pathways of this installation are surrounded by steel panels booleaned to create huge geometric shapes that cut through the entire structure.

Labyrinth comprises tunnels and corridors that unveil unexpected perspectives of large portions of the composition and help visitors better orient themselves. Differently-shaped voids and cut-outs create surprising views of the steel walls that transform the idea of a maze from a structure that focuses on horizontality and corners into a true three-dimensional experience. Parts of the installation are reminiscent of vaulted cathedral ceilings, halls of mirrors and art installations.

Walls reveal other parts of the structure and create a spatially exciting environment. Viewed from certain perspectives, the cut-outs look fragmented, while from other points visitors can see the entire shape. Labyrint also interacts with the C-mine by allowing visitors to ascend the old mine shafts and have a look at the entire structure from above. This perspective is generally reserved for the creator of the project. 

This post by Lidija Grozdanic @ INHABITAT and THE CONTEMPORIST

Belgium’s Mythical Hallerbros Forest

This fairytale forest turns into a mesmerizing sea of blue flowers every year. Located just outside of Brussels, Hallerbros, also known as Bois de Hal in French, the 552-hectare forest is consumed by a thick layer of bluebell flowers sometime during April or MayKilian Sch├Ânberger, a German landscape photographer, recently captured some stunning images of the spectacle.

This post by Ross Brooks via INHABITAT