As an architecture and interior design photographer, Thomas De Bruyne works for the greatest designers, architects and interior design companies in Belgium and abroad. We regularly see his images popping up at Imagicasa. His style feels familiar, and yet every image is different and inspiring all over again.
Under the name Cafeine, Thomas De Bruyne has been converting beautiful projects into equally inspiring images since 2007. He first did it as a hobby while still working as a graphic designer for an advertising agency. After a few years Thomas made the decision to turn his activities into a full-time job and now – still working as a one-man business, because this allows him to build up a personal relationship with each client – he is in high demand by the top designers, interior design companies and architects.
“A deep focus and mix on architecture, materialisation and furniture"
There was always an interest in photography, but the focus on architecture only came when he had his own home built. "In fact, Koen Heijse of CAAN Architects encouraged me to photograph his projects, and so I quickly felt a link between my graphic design education and architectural photography," he tells us. And now it is clear that Thomas was destined to do this. We see it in his images, but he also says he still enjoys it immensely: "Constantly discovering new projects and clients is addictive.” As addictive as coffee maybe? Because of course we also wonder why Thomas chose to bring his activities together under the collective name 'Cafeine'. "The name came about as a tantalizing combination of brown and black, long before the coffee hype," explains the photographer. The photographer describes his style as “A deep focus and mix on architecture, materialisation and furniture to build an interesting image. Above all, I want to make a consistent, exciting series in framing, colour and atmosphere. My style is abstract and graphic, but not cold. My training as a graphic artist will always be visible in my images.”
His style feels familiar, and yet every image is different and inspiring all over again.
Thomas De Bruyne has already worked with many big names in the Belgian world of interior design and architecture. Just think of Vincent Van Duysen, Dieter Vander Velpen, Nathalie Deboel, Pieter Vanrentergem, ‘t Huis van Oordeghem, Frederic Kielemoes, Demeester Vliegen, Lionel Jadot and Nicolas Schuybroek. He is also getting more and more assignments abroad. In addition to photography, he is still involved in graphic design, branding, creating logos and websites and publishing books or magazines, among other things. He does this for Atelier Franssens, Hullebusch, Nathalie Deboel and Bulthaup, for example. Header Image: Pieter Vanrenterghem