Shopper's Diary: Casamidy Opens in Brussels
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The NY Times recently proclaimed Brussels a happening city ("a rising class of tastemakers is making Brussels unexpectedly unboring," they say) with a slew of stylish new stores, galleries, and restaurants. Among the new group of tastemakers are two of our favorite designers, Jorge Almada and Anne-Marie Midy of Casamidy , who recently opened up a shop showcasing their own line of furniture made by craftspeople in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. "Brussels can be visually enigmatic," Almada says. "But it is a treasure trove of design. What makes Brussels different is that it is an amalgam of traditions melded together. For example, it's true that Art Nouveau has a rich tradition here, but if you go to the Horta Museum you'll also discover a range of modern and practical ideas masked in the ornate color schemes and decorative forms." Casamidy is located in the Place Brugmann area at 158 rue Franz Merjay and is open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 7 pm (weekends by appointment). Good to know: Casamidy makes regular weekly deliveries to Paris and London. N.B. Also see Casamidy's line on the Remodelista Portfolio on Dering Hall. Above: Anne-Marie arranges blooms in the shop's interior.