House DDS

  • Dominique Desimpel
  • Stéphane Boens
  • Antique Tiles
An intimate cabinet de curiosités, that's how you could describe Dominique Desimpel's house in Damme. The tile collector and trader lives there in an eclectic décor that is as much Vermeer as Yves Saint Laurent. Desimpel is internationally known among decorators and interior architects for his company in Knokke where he sells craft tile collections and weathered interior objects. His passion for craftsmanship runs deep, and you can feel it in his safe private home in the polders. No matter how vast the landscape, his home is a closed mosaic of small rooms, each with its own theatrical atmosphere.

Desimpel studied acting in Paris, but through antique dealers and aesthetes he ended up in interior architecture. His first passion was Venetian tile floors, but now he travels the world in search of unique tile collections from traditional workshops. It is no coincidence that his home is a sampler of his finds. The basic character of the home is early nineteenth century, but architect Stéphane Boens added a wing in eighteenth-century rural style. Craft details, such as the wooden staircase, ornamental columns, antique kitchen tiles and rough limestone walls, strongly determine the home’s atmosphere. They refer alternatively to Mariano Fortuny, the Marrakesh madrasa and the Flemish primitives. The manganese blue is another such detail, a tip of the hat to Jan van Eyck's Man with a Blue Chaperon.

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Desimpel did not move here by accident: his house still breathes the atmosphere of the fifteenth century, when Damme was a thriving port town. At the same time, however, he did not want to turn this into a trip down memory lane. So he infused his home with a strong dose of orientalism, the clearest example of which is the Moroccan lamps. Pablo Piatti’s wall painting in Brighton Royal Pavilion style also exudes nineteenth-century exoticism. You can really let your imagination travel (to which century or continent doesn't really matter) without shame in this interior.

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