And now for something special… a doctor’s house with an underground tunnel.
This big family mansion in the heart of Zaventem was originally designed for a wealthy doctor with four children. Laura from Laum-Paum bought and renovated the whole place. “The previous owner felt truly inspired by Expo ’58 and the house reflected his fascination. Unfortunately I couldn’t keep all the original elements like the steel windows and the wall to wall fitted green carpet. But the yellow bricks in the fireplace and the beautiful twirling staircase are clear witnesses of the Expo year”, says Laura who is not only the owner but also the architect and contractor of this renovation project.
Laura left the original lay-out of the house untouched. “Only one little wall was knocked down to make the kitchen bigger and more airy”, says Laura. “The marble staircase stops at the first floor and turns into a wooden staircase if you go to the second floor. A reminder of the past, when the wooden stairs led up to the living compartments of the house-cook and the nanny”. Even the little underground tunnel to an annex building next to the house was kept intact. It makes you think you’re starring in your own 007-movie!
From the oak green daybed to the white Bertoia wire chairs around a rare Louis Van Teeffelen flip-flop dining table in the kitchen, really everywhere you see Nome pieces in this house. “Without this furniture the house wouldn’t be the same”, says Laura. “It turned the place into a real family home”. She even snuck some of her own childhood German roots in, with a WHB wall unit upstairs and a beautiful chrome legged sideboard in the living room.
Oh la la, even we were stunned by how well our pieces and this house blend together.