I have very often written in my blog www.ruskininbrussels.eu about the cultural life of Brussels and the rich heritage of gardens and parks in a capital which expanded during the splendour of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. In this shop I sell some genuine pieces of a period without complexes during which there was no frontier between so-called major and minor arts; when the house of a person was intended to be a harmonic reflection of his personality and taste. I would like to give some illustrative examples of houses in Brussels whose owners might not appear in Hello! (but should) to prove, with Art Deco pieces, that there are no minor arts -and that it is easier than you think to give a classy touch to your home.

Bea’s apartment

Bea’s apartment is very different from ours. Her lifestyle as well: she catches more planes and trains than metros (it is also true that she goes to work by bike) and her agenda looks quite often like Birgitte Nyborg’s. Her hectic social activities also include entertaining friends at home. She has a natural tendency to everything that is aesthetic. In summer she attends painting courses in Provence, Chicago or New York. She is full of life, strong, essentially optimistic. She fought and won the battle against cancer at 35. On her free time she likes creating many of the collages that decorate her home. She enjoys decorating her cozy, not-so-little apartment at the city centre of Brussels from where she can watch, like from a privileged lookout point, the capital’s traffic flow and reflect, like a modern Heraclitus, that no experience can be repeated.

Santi, Bea’s companion, is completely passionate about wine. After work, he writes daily posts on his Facebook page “Colectivo decantado”, where he combines wine culture and wider culture. As Santi says, wine is not only to be drunk; it is also to be looked at and smelled. It needs a container which allows us to appreciate its qualities before entering our mouth. Glass is the perfect material for that container. Santi discovered Val Saint Lambert’s glass in a wine tasting long time ago. He later realised thanks to Marvalus that the production of the flagship of the Belgian glass industry was much wider than its famous wine or champagne glasses and only then did he begin collecting vases for Bea.

Bea is very fond of the style of the 50s, 60s and 70s. On her walls hang massive letters and a huge plastic toucan. There is also an enormous star over the mantelpiece (a reference to “Goodbye Lenin!”???). The bike is not mere décor. With some touches of colour here and there, the clarity of the place predominates, even in dark mornings, thanks to the Val Saint Lambert vases. In a city with very few hours of real sunshine (especially in winter) the Val Saint Lambert vases at Bea’s provide a maximum of luminosity through a solid structure with clean volumes, smooth surfaces and geometric lines.

Whereas we drew inspiration from the vegetable world to recreate the little jungle of our veranda, warmed with the clays of Keramis vases, geometry plays a major role at Bea’s. With the circles, triangles, squares, hexagons and trapeziums of crystal cut designed by Val Saint Lambert in the 20s and 30s, Bea explores at home the almost infinite geometrical combinations allowed by transparent crystal while playing with light and colour in multiple layers.

The Belgian Royal Company of Val Saint Lambert epitomizes the Art Deco crystal art. Discover our selection of Val Saint Lambert vases.