Of course, we expected nothing less from Frederic Kielemoes, but one of his most recent projects - an apartment in Knokke - is once again a brilliant example of his talent. The simplicity in the colour palette is compensated by an enormous diversity of materials.
Frederic Kielemoes describes himself as an ‘mood seller’. What he does is not simply design spaces in a certain style, but he uses lines, shapes, colours and materials to create a certain refined homely atmosphere. This results in spaces that give you a feeling of security, something we already experienced at once when merely looking at the images accompanying this article. So you can imagine that the (future) residents of this apartment will quickly feel at home here as well. The apartment we are showing here is part of new construction project Residentie Midan, realised by project developer POC Partners. Its central location on the Rubensplein in Knokke and the beautiful sea view make it a desirable place to live. Add to that the stylish and sustainable contemporary architecture and the high-quality interior finishing and you know that this project is one of a kind. The (future) owners of the apartment on the second floor can count themselves even more lucky, because interior designer Frederic Kielemoes made sure that the living spaces were given an extra special and inspiring touch. He brought the entire floor together, which, given the facade width of 12.5 meters, results in an abundance of natural light coming in and a beautiful view of the beach and sea. It is also for this reason that he says he has made ‘an abstraction of the inspiration “sea”’, which ensures that at first glance this apartment does not compare with most interiors we see in Knokke and in coastal architecture and design in general.
'An abstraction of the inspiration “sea”’
Yet there is a typical element of this type of apartment that Kielemoes cites as his main goal. The first impression a person gets when he or she enters these spaces should be a sense of calmth and relaxation. ‘Only then will my intervention be successful,’ says the interior designer. The second impression, he says, will be ‘the discovery of materialisation and detailing.’ We must admit that this was certainly the case with us, as we also mentioned earlier. The security that the rooms radiate and, upon further observation, the particular palette create a unique whole that is highly appealing. It is also important to mention here that Frederic Kielemoes designed the apartment without a specific owner or occupant in mind. The interior design had to appeal to a large group of potential buyers, a task that seems to have been tailor-made for him. Indeed, the solution was to opt for what he himself calls ‘harmonious colours’ rather than a distinct colour palette. In addition, he also made sure that the apartment would be child-friendly in terms of material selection. ‘I think people who buy Midan as a second residence or holiday home really want to go there with the intention of having a family experience,’ he clarifies. Materials that can take some bumps are generally more timeless in terms of style as well. Any damage is then not experienced as such, but rather creates a beautiful patina that ensures the interior will stand the test of time.
If you want to learn more about this project and find out what designer Frederic Kielemoes had to say about it, be sure to read the full article in Imagicasa Spring 2021. Photography by Cafeine