Inside Raf's Place

I guess you heard it already: Raf Simons to design Dior. Yes, the rumour mill churns again. This time it was leading fashion magazine WWD who featured the news. And where's WWD smoke there's a huge fashion fire! Unlike most blogs we decided not to talk about his design aesthetics, instead we chose to visit his Antwerp apartment. Following our belief that there's a strong connection between the "way of living" and "way of working".

The visit starts in the elegant sixties apartment.  The wenge-wood floating staircase, built-in cabinets and floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass windows give the entire space a strong mad-men feeling. Add design classics like Pierre Jeanneret's fifties couch, Ron Arad's 'Rolling Volume' chair and Nakashima originals, and you have an instant home feeling.

Raf draped his walls with an impressive art collection. We especially love Mike kelley's framed flags, Dave Muller's record painting and the Brian Calvin painting. Even his ceramic collection reflects his love for art: our eye catches a Picasso, Pol Chambost and Juliette Derel. We end this impressive list with a Padraig Timoney mirror work and a Georges Jouve lamp and ashtray.

Raf knows his stuff on the runway and in his place! Our love is eternal.

Interior photography by Ivan Terestchenko

Portrait by Willy Vanderperre

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