Marie Stadsbader was brought up with a love for aesthetics and architecture. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that she would become an interior designer. In 2008, she founded her own studio. Now, her portfolio is filled with a variety of residential projects.
What is important for the interior designer is good organisation and circulation in the house, whereby thought is given, down to the smallest detail, to how all the rooms can be used optimally. Simplicity and sobriety characterise her signature style and are therefore central to every project. Another important requirement: the chosen atmosphere is extended throughout the house. ‘The aesthetics of the whole must be right,’ we hear. The interior designer achieves this by working with a limited number of materials. ‘But always in their purest form. In this way, I always try to bring a certain peace and quiet into the house.’ Peace and quiet in the home bring peace and quiet in the mind, she believes. Stadsbader finds inspiration for her projects in fashion, art, travel and culture. Her passion for furniture, objects and fabrics also drives her in every realisation. In this way, Stadsbader continues to create beautiful and unique projects, which are always characterised by her holistic approach and which are truly aesthetically fitting.
This was no different for the all-encompassing project we are highlighting here. This recent realisation is a new building by the sea, for which the complete interior had to be designed. The result is a contemporary, warm and cosy home where pure and natural materials are the main theme. The eye-catchers in this project include the kitchen and bathroom, which – as you can see in the photos – are completely finished in characteristic travertine.
What is important for the interior designer is good organisation and circulation in the house.
‘Since the structural work on the coastal home had not yet been started, it was still perfectly possible to make some modifications in function of the interior,’ says the interior designer. ‘The client, a great art lover, wanted a family home, but with the necessary attention to art and light in the house. So, the choice of lighting in function of the chosen works of art was very important,’ Stadsbader explains. ‘I helped draw out the circulation in the house and designed each room according to the specific needs.’ The idea was to bring the atmosphere of the dunes and the exterior architecture inside, in terms of choice of materials and colour shades. The interior designer explains how exactly this was done.
The materials and colours of the facade were reused in the interior. The Danish company Peterson Tegl was tasked with delivering the facade stone. ‘This stone also found its way into the interior and was used to design the fireplace. The polyconcrete from the outdoor terrace was also extended to the indoor floor.’ Another constant throughout the interior is the use of natural stone. ‘Travertine was chosen for this. With its light colours, this material would ideally suit this house.’ The choice of wood was also adjusted to this. ‘We opted for wood in a light shade, which would complement the cosy and warm interior perfectly,’ Stadsbader tells us. In this way, the interior designer ensured that the house formed an aesthetic and balanced whole, fully tailored to the client's wishes. The exterior of this family home was designed by Archi 2000, a Brussels-based architectural firm. For the interior, Marie Stadsbader could rely on a team of regular partners. The travertine stone was supplied by leading natural stone company Van Den Weghe, while the kitchen was fully customised by Diapal. The kitchen company from Jabbeke is known for its unique laser technique, among its extensive arsenal of machines, with which it can effortlessly create precision surfaces. In this project too, Diapal applied its typical technique and provided steel cabinets and worktops made entirely of stainless steel. Staircase designing firm Steels was called in for the stairs, while the cupboards and dressings were designed by Nico Devaere of Devaere Interieur.
If you want to learn more about the work of Marie Stadsbader, be sure to read our full article in Imagicasa Spring 2021.
Photography by Cafeine