Wendy Verstrepen recently became one of our permanent online partners. To celebrate this new alliance, we'd already like to bring some of her work to your attention. Keep an eye on our website and Imagicasa magazine, because we will regularly put her creations in the spotlight there as well!
The Belgian designer Verstrepen is based in Brasschaat (north of Antwerp) and produces high-end interiors with her eponymous studio. She doesn't stick to a single style, but natural materials are her absolute preference and she uses them in each project. Custom created furniture and a timeless spatial layout are also prominent features in her projects. Like any good designer, her approach is, in the first instance, practical and communication with the client is sacred. A project starts with a thorough preparation in which the experience and personality of the client is analysed. ‘The puzzle is put together with the client, but this does not mean that I always blindly agree with his/her choices. The final result has to be right and coherent, in whatever style,’ says Verstrepen. After that, the works are carefully followed up and the client is involved as much as possible in all design decisions. After many years with the Belgian bureaus Vlassak Verhulst and Obumex, the step to create her own studio was ‘not that big’ according to Verstrepen. As a result it no surprise that the modern and luxurious style of the aforementioned companies are perfectly aligned with her own designs. The Brasschaat-native sets the bar very high and is only satisfied with the perfect finish. As a result, she only works with partners who maintain a similar passion and precision. Verstrepen also knows where to find the right people thanks to her decades of experience and carefully built up network. When it comes to the techniques and materials in a project, the designer strives for energy efficiency and timelessness. In short, this means that creative decisions should not hinder technical aspects. Timelessness is pursued not only in the choice of materials, but also in the spatial layout so the designs can last for decades. Even a pandemic does not stop the increasing popularity of our talented partner: ‘During the first lockdown, the requests for new projects decreased a little, but this past autumn has made up for it.’ Verstrepen is currently unstoppable and we predict that more and more of her projects will claim their place in the design world. Considering the images we show here, it's not surprising to discover that Verstrepen is a perfectionist. That is what makes her so successful on the Belgian architecture and interior design scene. Smooth finishes and straight lines are mathematically designed and measured. Images courtesy of Wendy Verstrepen
Photography by Jaro Van Meerten, Cafeine, Annick Vernimmen and Nick Cannaerts