Simply stated, it’s filled with serendipity
—the accidental and unexpected.
With a design inspired by his keen sensitivity to the dimensions
of color and light, designer Johan Lenaerts’ residence in
Antwerp, Belgium intrigues the eye with enlivened relationships
between exquisite object and the observer.
An unusual pursuit of luminosity informed his every decision.
Who would anticipate that deep brown walls could actually
make a house look brighter? After spending a year knocking
out windows and breaking down walls to transform several
smaller, cramped rooms into the two wide-open main living
spaces, the pair moved in and just decorated along the way.
In the end, says Lenaerts contentedly, “The house has turned
out exactly as we planned.”
Deep tones of brown, gray and glossy black enhance
the rush of sunlight through the windows, while pale floors
and dark walls impart an internal glow. Interwoven are
small jewels—the brilliant greens, reds and blues of carefully
selected art, including a number of glass pieces by Anna
Torfs and a treasured collection of late 20th century ceramics.
“The furniture, the objects, the lamps themselves,” says
Lenaerts, who hails from a family of designers going back four
generations, “are like points of light throughout the house.”
The surrounding garden first attracted the couple to the
property, so the windows became the focal point of every
room and walls are decidedly edited to emphasize the
view. Stone floors and earth-toned carpets maintain the
flow between indoors and out, while glass sculptures and
mirrored surfaces—from a classic 1950s sunburst wall hanging
to a mirror-covered dining table by Italian designer Ferruccio
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