House MM

  • De Meester Vliegen
  • Art Deco
  • Titanium Travertine
  • Gris de Brindisi
Natural stone is timeless. It has been writing history in architecture, sculpture and the decorative arts since the days of the ancient Egyptians. Its most recent high point was Art Deco, the tumultuous years around the inter-war period when stylised inlay in marble or (semi)precious stones was all the rage. Just look at Jean Dunand’s luxury objects or Michel Polak’s Villa Empain (1930) and you will know exactly what we mean.

If minimalism and Art Deco had a bastard son, he might very well look like this contemporary villa. Something like Pawson meets Mallet-Stevens. The spiral staircase greeting visitors in the entrance certainly gives the house the right swirly, roaring twenties air. Another nice touch is the staircase’s curve, inspired by the curved facade window, which is again a typical Art Deco style feature.

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Natural stone plays walking bass throughout the house. The Calacatta in the entrance sets the initial tone. But you also see marble appearing in even more exciting compositions elsewhere in the house. A very modernist element, for instance, is the fireplace furniture piece: a graphic play of surfaces in Titanium Travertine and white-lacquered wood that Gerrit Rietveld might have come up with. The bathroom, for its part, exudes the comfort of a first-class compartment on the Orient Express. Or a suite at The Savoy. Its floors, walls and wash-stand are all furnished with Gris de Brindisi, a grey-brown type of marble that has a sober pattern yet also looks and feels extremely luxurious. All that Jazz! 

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