Belgian Art & Design: Valerie Traan Gallery

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Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Over the past few weeks I have taken you on a design journey to Belgium, to be more precise to Antwerp. Today I am taking you to yet another fantastic address for art and design lovers: the Valerie Traan Gallery. This beautiful gallery is located in a picturesque alley and invites the art and design savvy folks with a intersting line saying ‘Objects & Subjects’. The modern space is toned down and leaves the stage to the exposed art objects. And it invites the visitor to roam, reflect, and even buy art pieces.

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

We were lucky enough to be welcomed by the gallery owner herself and we were guided through the current exhibition. During our visit there was an extensive exhibit of the work by Belgian artist Johan de Wit who interprets various forms into poetical constructions. And even though these look like made of old rusty metal, they are in fact made of paper!

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Additionally we saw some cool furniture in cheerful colours from the Belgian design team Muller van Severen – upstairs there was a stark white room with colourful geometrical patterns and unexpected doors – the setting perfectly accentuated the exhibited furniture. And the small outdoors courtyard showcased wire furniture that seemed to be totally airy and light.

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Another very interesting feature of the Valerie Traan Gallery is the adjacent living space with a kitchen, a welcoming dining/conference room and a spacious and cosy living room – packed with design and art objects from floor to ceiling. Cutlery by Japanese designer Koichi Futatsumata, lighting by Muller van Severen, stools and tables by Robbrecht en Daem Architecten, amazing glass and ceramic objects by Unfold made in 3D printing technique.

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

I was particularly fascinated by the very unusual and somewhat eerie work of Octave Vandeweghe, who uses crystals and creates art objects some of which resemble human jaws – so peculiar yet so amazing!

Valerie Traan Gallery, Antwerp, Belgian design, Belgian art, Art, Belgium, Furniture design

If you ever visit Antwerp, I strongly recommend a visit of the Valerie Traan Gallery – you will not be disappointed if you are interested in art and design.

Colette Cleeren, Belgian Art, Belgian Artist, Artist, Antwerp

Colette Cleeren, Belgian Art, Belgian Artist, Artist, Antwerp

While in Antwerp I was also lucky to get to know a local artist – Colette Cleeren. And I had the honor to not only meet her and talk about her art (and many other topics by the way), but to also be her guest and stay at her home over the weekend. It is a great way to immerse yourself into a city’s art scene when you live among its art representatives. Thanks again Colette for a wonderful weekend and a comfy bed!

Photography by Igor Josifovic, last two images via Colette Cleeren

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  • Reply Anya from Simply Danish Living December 15, 2016 at 20:15

    Lovely tour Igor. I am also rather fascinated by that ‘set of dentures’ – they’re peculiarly fabulous:)
    Have a fab day,
    Axx

    • Reply Igor December 16, 2016 at 00:05

      Absolutely Anya. Such a stunning art piece! Have a wonderful weekend Anya!!!

  • Reply Jose December 17, 2016 at 11:05

    Love the combinations.Thank you for the link up!
    Hope you are having a great week 🙂

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