At a stone’s throw away from Antwerp Central station we visited a vintage flat on the top floor of an old townhouse. After sharing 6 different houses and switching between Ghent, LA and Antwerp, former Nome co-worker Sam, finally found the perfect place of his own. Even his cat Io is feeling right at home in her little hammock under the window. “The walls were leaking and the paint is peeling off here and there, but the light in here is wonderful. I always leave all the doors open to let it flow freely”.
Schooled as an interior architect, Sam has been working for the last 2 years in retail, currently at Aesop’s Antwerp store. “On the side I am creating a collection of interior objects, under the name of our own design atelier, ‘Gerust’, together with furniture designer Julia Krüger. The first project will be all about ‘scents’. I stuffed all my inspirational books in the attic, the perfect place for us to brainstorm and create together”.
From a Cadovius wall unit from Nome to a dark set of Thonet chairs around the kitchen table, Sam has collected a fair share of designer pieces. “I always try to limit my budget to 500 euro maximum for a new piece. But if you’d offer me a design original by my favourite architect Lina Bo Bardi I would hand over all my money without blinking an eye!”.