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Poème Numérique

July 29th, 2013

Elisabeth

atomium 05_resizeDid I make a trip to outer space? Found the stairway to haven? Landed on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey? Sorry to disappoint but I’m far from being the adventures type. I prefer to keep both my feet firmly on the ground. All I did last Friday was buying a ticket to Brussels to visit the Atomium, a national relic from the 1958 World Fair. I admit there was some adventure involved in the sense of me finding the strength and courage to face public transport and crowds of tourists eating fries and ice cream to lock myself up in this futuristic steel construction during the current heat wave our country is blessed by. All this to view the temporary exhibition DIGITAL POEM by artists Joanie Lemercier, LAb [ a u ] and Visual System an ode to Le Poème Electronique by Le Corbusier and Xenakis.

atomium 03_resizeatomium 02_resizeatomium 04_resizeI must say it was all worth it. The experience is rather brief but breathtaking. For that small half hour you are wondering around in the fifth sphere of the construction you will experience a surreal world. All elements seem to be perfectly in sync from the architecture to the art, music and visuals. Beautiful with a touch unease and creepiness. You will even witness the arising of a new sort of moon.

atomium 07_resizeatomium 08_resizeatomium 09_resizeNow I must admit I had never been inside the Atomium before. I never even had seen it from up close. So when the subway train came out of the tunnel I admit I gasped like a kid. So I cannot not post a picture from the construction on the outside.

atomium 06_resizeLooking at the Atomium is like looking at pictures of sixties models wearing Courrège or Cardin. I love to see how an extreme and bold view people used to have of the future while we know so often keep on drawing inspiration from the past.

Brussels you are odd and strange often beautiful, sometimes ugly but I love you.

You can watch a part of the installation here, but please be your own judge and take that trip to Brussels…and  maybe have some fries on your way home.

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com

Anne-Marie Witmeur

October 17th, 2012

Elisabeth

When it comes to interior decoration I have a soft spot for brass objects and colourful fabrics. If you are looking for the latter Anne-Marie Witmeur’s shop in Ixelles is the right place to be. I discovered the shop the same day I stumbled upon Bonnie & Jane (it is located a bit further down the same street). Here you’ll find a great selection of handwoven blankets and throws from India and killims and pillows from other far of places.

The shop also offers a great selection of handcrafted furniture, objects and jewellery. Every object has a story to tell and the warm and kind shop owner is more than happy to share them with you. I fell head over heels for these painted wooden screens. Ever i saw similar ones here and here I am dying to find my own to hang in the bedroom.

These colourful bowls, made of recycled phone wires, were sourced in South Africa. I wouldn’t mind having these at home to brighten up those gloomy autumn days…

Anne-Marie Witmeur
Rue Darwin 52a
1050 Bruxelles

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com

Ampersand House | Brazilian edition

September 27th, 2012

Elisabeth

A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of our very short Indian summer, I was invited by Ike and Kahtryn of Ampersand House for a private viewing of their current exhibition: Brazilian Modern, Icons and Innovation. As I experienced during my first visit the selection of furniture, art and objects was exquisite and refined adding a new dimension and perspective to this maison de maitre. My favorite space this time was the dining area. Think beautiful handwoven rugs, dark exotic wood and  striking lighting fixtures.

The lovely enthusiastic galerist Laurence of Gallery Transversal, who represents the exhibited artists, talked me through most of the pieces. This is how I got to know the work of Mariannita Luzzati.

Beautiful, isn’t it? The other spaces were off course as thoughtfully curated.

And this time a gorgeous selection of jewelry made by Brazilian artists Vera Cortes and Bettina Terepins was also on display. I fell head over heels for Laurence’s ring.

Needles to say I’m starting to cultivate a deep crush for Brazil. Make sure to check the outtakes on the Facebook page.

Brazilian Modern: Icons and Innovation (till Saturday 29th September)
Ampersand House
30, rue Tasson Snel
1060 Brussels

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com

Bonnie & Jane

August 8th, 2012

Elisabeth

I saw yesterday on the shops Facebook page how the new collection is bit by bit arriving in store. It reminded me I urgently needed to share the pictures of this little gem called Bonnie & Jane located in Brussels Ixelles neighborhood. I discovered the store end of June strolling through the streets of our lovely capital. Back then the sales hadn’t started yet but Anne, who runs the shop together with her friend Laurie, was so kind to let me know that if there was anything I liked a discount could be arranged. I still regret I didn’t pick up that beautiful kaftan pictured below. Why oh why was I too lazy to fit anything that day. It ‘s everything i am currently craving for…something airy and breezy with dip dye and pompoms…

Everything in the shop is for sale, from the clothes to the furniture. This isn’t a new concept in retail but what makes this place so special is it genuinely  feels as if you were hanging out at a friends place. A friend with great taste in clothes, a quirky taste in vintage furniture and with the cutest courtyard. All this thanks to the laid back and down to earth attitude of both shop owners. Seriously, like I had known them forever, they asked me where I found the bag I was carrying and they both loved, meanwhile inspecting it with enthousiasm. When later I inquired about the Emmanuelle chair, which unfortunately was sold already, Laurie was so kind to give me some tips on where to source a good one.

I just fell in love with their tiny courtyard and their mirror installation on the back wall. It inspired my latest DIY project which I hope to share with you really soon.

Told you, like being at an ultra cool friends place… which will soon, on September first, celebrate it’s first birthday. So Happy Birthday to Bonnie & Jane and thank you to Laurie and Anne for the coffee and chat.

Bonnie & Jane
Rue Darwin 34
1050 Bruxelles

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com