Setting the tone in stone. What a perfect natural motto.
Van Den Weghe's aim is to introduce one of the masterpieces of nature into luxury homes. For over 60 years now, their Belgian atelier has been collecting stones from all over the world. In this amazing place, architects and clients are working in close collaboration with artisans. Stone is their shared passion, and they make it happen through expertise, technology and aesthetics.
Tanguy Van Quickenborne, owner, talks about Van Den Weghe and its DNA.
How can you describe Van Den Weghe?
Van Den Weghe is a company with a start-up mindset, working with an ancient craft. We are in love with aesthetics, design, art, architecture and beauty. Innovation is the key to everything we do. Pushing limits and boundaries is what we enjoy. You have to know the rules first in order to break them.
You are an art collector. What is the link between art and stone?
Yes indeed. Art is made by humans, stone is art made by nature. I have in fact two collections: art pieces and stone slabs.
What is you recipe to success?
Do what your mind and gut feeling tell you to do. Always do something else than all the rest.
What is your favorite stone and why?
A new stone we are going to receive shortly. When we receive a new stone, the feeling I get is the same as falling in love again: a new kind of stone to adore.
Why are you working in Belgium?
Because the company's history is Belgian. There are plenty of good craftsmen here. Luckily 50% of our projects are abroad.
What is your biggest achievement as a project?
It's difficult to say but we are very proud of the following projects: Penthouse Luc Tuymans designed by Glenn Sestig, Louvre Abu Dhabi for Jean Nouvel with Meyvaert Glass Engineering, a major job in Saint-Tropez we managed to deliver in 4 months time, the projects we do for Pierre Yovanovitch and Joseph Dirand, and the acquisitions of some companies.
Where are your clients from?
Our clients are from all over the world. They share the love for beauty, just like we do.
What is your professional background?
I started working in logistics for 2 years, but I knew very fast I wanted to work for my own company. I wanted to do something with art and architecture, and now that's where I am.
According to you, what makes the difference in Van Den Weghe?
The people we share the same values with. Our whole team.
What are your next projects in the upcoming years?
I don't know, we'll see what happens.
/ Interview by Julie Nysten /
/ Photography by Merel Hart /
/ Production by Michael Marson /
Celebrated NY artist Doug Abraham is well known for his pop-inflicted reworking of global clichés. His recent collaboration with Marc Jacobs demonstrates his dark and edgy take on images rejuvenating collaboration with fashion. He digs deep into sex and violence, when Art meets Fashion.
For Behind The Blinds, he tells us how and why.
Is sexy a particular kind of disgust?
It can be. A compassionate disgust.
How hard do you believe art and crime are related?
They're both defined by the institution.
Is fashion spreading beauty?
Could fashion images do without sexual stimulation?
Or with more... all images could do with more of everything... more more more.
There is a criminal feel to your images, do you consider yourself more like a criminal or a thief?
Do you find stuffed animals beautifuly awkward or just plain ugly?
I like cute things.
Are your images licking life or death?
One needs the other to be appreciated.
Are all fashion shoots about sexual penetration?
What scissors do you use, or are they all digital?
All images are made and sourced digitally.
If I was fortunate enough to touch a piece of paper I would draw on it before I cut it.
Would you rather work in fashion or for Apple?
I service all clients with equal enthusiasm.
When you cut, do you feel the image bleeding?
I'm a digital artist so I feel nothing as my medium is nothing.
What underwear are you wearing now?
If the world is a massive criminal stage, should an artist augment crime or make the existing crimes more visible?
I'm not a "should" person.
Is it ok to be a self-conscious fashion victim?
Yes, it's all ok.
Does fashion use more slaves than IT?
"Slave" is better as self defined.
Is violence sexy?
I try not to yuck other people's yum.
Do you enjoy spreading your art with Instagram?
Are you represented by a gallery?
When did you start?
On Instagram? 2013.
As an artist? 1984.
What is your favorite brand?
What did you create last?
A 5 min fashion horror film.
1 ARTIST / 10 FRIENDS
10 QUESTIONS / 10 ANSWERS
Simon Demeuter : Why is the bear a recurrent theme in your work?
In my work the bear refers to the animal totem image used in magical rituals.
Reading Michel Pastoureau’s book ‘L’ours. Histoire d’un roi déchu’ really inspired me.
Benoit Platéus : Is there any particular pottery piece that motivated you to create ceramics yourself?
A ‘Casanis’ Moorish head-like water pitcher I have seen at friends in the South-West of France 20 years ago.
Sandra Caltagirone : Your lastest work takes the form of exquisite corpses. Can you please explain this new artistic influence?
We started drawing exquisite corpses with my boyfriend , and I had this idea of giving them a 3-D aspect… Some sort of declaration of love I guess.
Florent Delval : Which devine figures your totems are supposed to call upon?
The spirit of my ancestors as for the real totems.
Florent Dubois : Do you think ceramics can have a queer touch?
Certainly, though I would not want my work to be perceived as mainly queer. Similarly I prefer to be recognized more as a sculptor than a ceramic artist.
David de Tscharner : What will be your next reincarnation?
A cat maybe… Everybody loves cats.
Jean-Baptiste Bernadet : What is your opinion about Tom Robbins’s quote "It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”?
It’s true that I tend to achieve fulfillment more slowly than others. For years I have been looking for a playground where I would feel at ease and now I am having the time of my life.
Barbara Cuglietta : If you could create a new word, what would it be?
Virginie Devillez : What do you think about Constantin Meunier and Social Realism in the 19th century?
I love Constantin Meunier’s sculptures and really appreciate the atmosphere that one can feel visiting his last workshop transformed into a museum (Rue de l’Abbaye à Ixelles)
Patrick Croes : What is the border between craftsmanship and contemporary art in your work?
My work and ideas are modern but strongly influenced by popular art. I suppose using pottery in my work gives it a crafstman’s dimension.
Watch them undress as they watch you dissolve into the summer heat ...
You are not dead you are meant to be HOT .
La Vierge Violente, Koji Wakamatsu (1969)
Paroxismus, Jesus Franco (1969)
La piscine, Jacques Deray (1969)
The Counsellor, Ridley Scott (2013)
Summer Lovers, Kandel Kleiser (1982)
Ten, Blake Edwards (1979)
Les pétroleuses, Christian Jaque (1971)
Domino, Tony Scott (2005)
L’enfer, Henri-Georges Clouzot (1964)
Tabu, F.W Murnau (1931)
Estate Violenta, Valerio Zurlini (1959)
Blame it on Rio!, Stanley Donen (1984)
/Selected by REMY RUSSOTTO/