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The Buzz in Belgium: Local Color for Sale

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Mar 27, 2014 01:07 AM
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by Justine Hand last modified Mar 26, 2014

The Belgian design blogs are buzzing over Couleur Locale and we understand why. Owner and shop designer, Ruth Walleyn, a self-described bower bird, traverses the Low Countries and the globe in search of  local color— rare vintage pieces as well as handcrafted and artisanal finds—for her storefronts in Antwerp and Knokke, Belgium, and her new online shop, which ships worldwide. Beautifully styled and presented in a lofty setting, the Couleur Locale  collection is designed to introduce, as Ruth puts it, "design from the four corners of the earth, globetrotting inspiration for your home." Photography and styling by Paulina Arcklin . Above: Couleur Locale's finds are gathered in a soaring loft space. Shown here, a white farmhouse table is lit by Nelson Sepulveda's cloud-like Chinese light, the  Ay Illuminate Z1 , with a cotton cover over a bamboo frame,   €320. (The  lamp is also available in a smaller version, the  Z5 model , for  €275.) The wooden stools are a mix of handcrafted pieces from Indonesia and  Danish  Have a Seat Stools  ( €79 each) with wooden seats and metal legs.  Above: Linge Particulier linens from France make for an inviting bed. The Linge Particuler  Fitted Sheet  is €105;  Flat Sheet , €155;  Duvet Cover , €190; and  Pillow case , €16. Above: The beanbag chair for grownups, ZilaLila's Nest is knit in Nepal from 100% New Zealand wool; €549. Above: Storied pieces from different places and times are presented against an airy, light-filled background. Above: A dramatic vignette is lit by one of our favorite hanging light designs: flax rope lamps by Christien Meindertsma (the  Single Flax Light  is  €220 and  Flax Five Light ,  shown here, is €710). Also by  Meindertsma,  the knit wool  Urchins Pouf  (small,  €530, and medium,  €900),  available in yellow, blue, red, and gray. Above: An eclectic array of vintage and ethnic goods line the stairs. Above: Couleur Locale is also ready to lend character to your child's room with a kid's section that includes  Maison Indigo's elephant  made in the Netherlands from recycled denim; €65 Above: T he Couleur Locale look is fresh and relaxed—and be cause so many of the goods are one of a kind, the inventory is constantly changing. Above L: Cubes used to display tableware. Above R: A wall stocked with   Happy Lights , a line of wool-wrapped  globe lights designed by Couleur Locale owner, Ruth, and her partner, Hendrik . The  Big Lamps  shown here, are  available in four sizes starting at  €19 each, and  come in 44 colors; they can be used as table lamps or suspended individually or in groups. N.B. Discover more rare goods from Belgium in Where to Stay (and Shop) in Antwerp . And join Gardenista for a visit with  Fashion's Favorite Fleuriste: Thierry Boutemy in Belgium .






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