HOME: Nathalie Dewez, Brussels

Contrasting vintage furniture with the clean lines of her sculptural designs, this simple, stylish flat in Brussles is the European home of Belgian lighting designer Nathalie Dewez.

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For Nathalie, the relationship between lighting and the home is all. Be it daylight or artificial, she uses light to transform a space, define an interior and change a mood. Describing her white-painted home as like a light box, Nathalie’s 1930s rooftop apartment in Brussels shows off her clever skills in lighting to brilliant effect.

 

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As a designer, lighting itself is an incredible material to use. It’s a non-material which can be made to disappear or used to transform a space with its intensity and direction.
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Describing her sculptural-based designs as “minimal and quite graphic”, Nathalie’s lighting, like her apartment, is beautiful in its simplicity. Less about materials, more about form, the accent is on the light and how it links with the interior.

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Nathalie’s innate feel for sculptural, organic forms is evident in all her projects, from the austerity of the carbon fibre ‘Danse’ floor lamp, which gently rocks on its spherical base, to the simply decorated north European style of her home. With white painted floors and walls, the interior is a blank canvas for Nathalie to tell her life story through the things she has been given by friends or family heirlooms that have been handed down over the years. Each item has a history, whether it’s the Thonet bench and chairs from her grandfathers’s house or the lucky golden cat which sits on the living room shelves. A souvenir brought back from a work trip to Beijing, he is supposed to bring good fortune. 

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I’m surrounded by things that remind me of something or someone. Many objects have a special significance for me; they remind me of a particular event or a place from my childhood. That makes them timeless and unique. I would hope that my lamps were built to last as well.
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