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//THIERRY//

THIERRY BRUNFAUT //Head of Creation & Founding Partner BaseDesign// Brussels 1060

 

 

/ Thierry's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Le Maru

The best "Korean Kitchen” in town, own by friend couple
Kyung & Boris. I’ve designed the Maru woodstick logotype
and got free meals in exchange. Awesome deal!

La Cambre School of Visual Arts - Cafeteria

I teach there. I eat there. I drink coffee there.
I love the 70’s feel of the dinner part (design by Gevers). This cafeteria my best spot
to meet and chat with fellow teachers artists and designers.

Le Vieux Saint-Martin

A Brussels’classic. I go there since I’m a kid. The bourgeois belgian spirit
in its true essence, mammies included. We love to go there early with my fiancée
on sunday afternoon (around 6:30), to eat american/frites and soles meunières.

Le Dillens

The Dillens is almost an extra-room of BaseDesign, as it is just 3 blocks
away from our studio. Great lunch, great brunch. But most of all the rendez-vous bar
of my creative team on thursday night. They call it the “jeudredi” … (= go on a jeudi, drink like a vendredi!).

The food department of Mark & Spencer

Just open a little while ago, the food section is in the basement. I just feel so weak
there: I want to buy everything. Awesome choice and british style packaging, I don’t know
any graphic designer that could resist it.

 

www.basedesign.com / instagram @thierrybrunfaut

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//CLAUDINE//

CLAUDINE DUVIVIER //Tan Dem // Brussels 1190

 

 

/ Claudine's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Timeless

Excellent vintage shop that stocks intricate dresses by Yves Saint Laurent, Shiaparelli, Azzaro... Has a good selection of accessories in perfect condition. 

Caroline Van Hoek

A contemporary gallery dedicated to jewelry design. Housed in a former grocery store, the historic space offers artists the possibility to show their unique creations. 

Carine Gilson

For over 20 years, Carine Gilson has been creating lingerie in an haute couture spirit. She only uses the most beautiful materials such as silk and hand embroidered lace.

Wiels

The Center for Contemporary Art is dedicated to the presentation and production of temporary exhibitions of national and international artists, featuring both emerging and established talents. Located in the former Wielemans breweries, this iconic building is renowned for its '30s industrial design by Adrien Blomme.

Le Bar de l’Ecailler -  Palais Royal

Timeless and slightly old-fashioned restaurant that offers the best seafood and fish in Brussels.

Kamo 

A guaranteed winner, Kamo offers superb Japanese cuisine. Awarded with one star.

Maru

Maru is the place to sample Korean flavors. I love going there for lunch.

David Errera

The David Errera Cycle Farm is a cooperative which aims to adapt intensive gardening to a local scale (SPIN Farming) in the south of Brussels (near Linkebeek-Uccle). They offer a weekly basket of vegetables with an unrivaled, pure taste. 

 

www.tan-dem.be

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//THOMAS & JEAN-BAPTISTE//

 THOMAS WYNGAARD //Graphic Designer & Barista// & JEAN-BAPTISTE BERNADET //Artist/// Brussels 1060

 

 

/ Thomas' favorite places in Brussels /

 

Au Marché Noir

I love food, especially the one served at this new place. It's local, healthy, creative, affordable and the team is great. It's anything you can dream of a good neighborhood place, especially on a lazy day, or after a hard day at work.

Café Capitale

The place where I work actually, and where I'm learning to become a barista with all the knowledge it implies. There are only a few places for specialty coffee in Brussels, and this one is definitely one of them.

Acidulez

Well, I'm co-founder of those parties and also deejaying under the name of Herman De Brou. After a few parties in underground locations, we are now resident at La Vilaine, a new club in town. But Acidulez takes place only 3 or 4 times a year, we want to keep it as a special party. It's a mix of Acid House, New Beat and House.

Senteurs d'Ailleurs

The best place around for perfume and cosmetics by far. The place is insane, beautiful and they have a wide selection of brands. It's a must see while in Brussels.

Galerie de Waterloo

I used to live there in my 20's. It's a hidden private alley with old houses in the style of London's traditional houses with a small garden in front and all that. It's like living in the countryside in the heart of the city. It was a great period in my life, and lots of stuff happened there, whether it be with friends, landlord, family, study… great memories in a very romantic atmosphere.

Rest on a sunny day, Lake along the road to Antwerp

Our secret spot to escape Brussels.. well not so secret I guess since a lot of our friends know the place, but it's still very quiet and a bit remote, so still worth it for sure. We can swim, enjoy the nature, picnic, read a good book… There is also a small typical Flemish restaurant nearby, perfect at the end of the day for a good beer and garnaalkroketten.

Superstrat

This place is run by a collective of young people aware of new trends whether it be design, fashion or music (a new record section has opened on the top floor of the house). It is located in the heart of the historic district of Brussels, les Marolles. If you go for a walk to the flea market nearby, you have to pay them a visit cause you'll find rare and precious stuff over there.

Brut

A new place in town, like there ought to be more. A special place to find anything you can dream of out of a jungle (plants, plants and more plants... not flowers), paired with an exclusive selection of objects/furniture. Also in the antique district of Brussels. Not to be missed!

 

 

/ Jean-Baptiste's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Boutemy

I’m not the best of his clients, I’m not spending much on flowers, but there’s two things I highly appreciate with Boutemy when I go there: no matter your budget, they will do something beautiful for you for 10 euros without looking at you with disdain. And in a world where anyone working in creative industries pretends to be an artist, here is someone that truly is, without being pretentious. 

 Tropismes

One of the problems I have in Brussels, like a lot of people I guess, is shopping. As soon as you make a decent living you’re travelling more, Brussels is so central in Europe, and shop everywhere you go but in Brussels. Part of it is the very poor offer in terms of fashion, bookstores, etc. But I still do like to spend part of my Sundays at Tropismes occasionally, not so much for the choice they have (the Art books department is especially miserable and conservative) but the place is beautiful and quiet, nestled in the beautiful Galeries du Roi et de la Reine.

 Bistro du Canal

At the end of rue Dansaert, a nice place and a nice team offers in my opinion one of the best price-quality ratio in Brussels. French bistro food made with fresh produce for a very affordable price.

 La Marie Joseph

This out-of-time brasserie (well, more a time-machine to the sixties), specialized in seafood and fish, is my absolute favorite. The service is old fashioned with waiters dressed in white shirts and black aprons, incredibly polite and affable no matter the way you dress. The food is simple but very good, fresh, and in the end not that expensive considering the quality. The mix of the clientele is also pretty amazing and entertaining.

Place des Martyrs

I love the architecture of the 1700’s and it is something I really miss in Brussels. The Place des Martyrs is one of the few squares in Brussels with a total 1700’s architecture along with Place Royale. But it is less monumental than Place Royale and feels more like a place you could live in. Too bad the nightmarish Rue Neuve is so close. Easier maybe, and nice too, would be living in an art-nouveau house, which is one of the greatest things Brussels has to offer.

 

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//HELENA//

HELENA COPPEJANS //Actress// Brussels 1060

 

/ Helena's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Jat' Café

A cosy place in a nice Brussels’ street. I’m totally mad about their Chaï Latte.

 Comus & Gasterea

Definitely the best ice cream in the universe! Homemade, natural, classic or crazy tastes, you can’t be disappointed. And I want to give a special mention to the boss who can be a bit grumpy sometimes but who's always kind to me.

 La Fleur du Pain

If you like bread and pastries you have to discover “La Fleur du Pain”. The cramique bread is to die for. I advise to eat it toasted with a hint of Bordier Butter (the raspberry one).

 Dieweg Cemetery Park

A park where time doesn’t exist anymore. Just walk, silently, and enjoy the magical atmosphere of the abandoned graves. Nature took its rights back and evolves season after season. It feels like you're in another world. Let yourself be guided and enjoy!

 Maison Delune

This mysterious and magnificent house has always fascinated me. I have never been inside, except in my mind, but I could look at it for hours while making up plenty of stories. You can also discover it in J. Harpman's book “Le Bonheur dans le Crime”.

 

 

/ Production & Photo by MICHAEL MARSON /

 

 

 

//JULIEN//

JULIEN HISLAIRE //Law and Political Science student// Brussels 1050

 

 

/ Julien's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Antoine Dansaert

Between "Bourse" and "Le Canal", I like Dansaert for its mixture of expats, Flemish and working-class people. Trendy while being one of the oldest neighborhoods of Brussels, Dansaert is definitely one of my favourite spots.

Palace of Justice

Surrounded by the Justice Palace, Place Poelaert is my favourite spot for crowd watching. It's big, beautiful and always full of stories.

Mont des Arts

Usually seated on a bench, I love going to Mont des Arts. Whether you wanna read a book borrowed from the "Bibliothèque Royale", have lunch or simply watch the crowd, Mont des Arts is definitely one of the nicest spots in Brussels.

CHYL

I love CHYL for the exotic decoration and healthy food. There is nothing better than a detox juice after partying the whole night.

Grand-Place

Very cliché but also very nice, la grand place is one of the nicest spots in Brussels. I love to go there as I can enjoy both the view and the people walking by.

 

/ production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON /

//SIMON//

SIMON JOHANNIN //Student & Model// Brussels 1000

 

 

/ Simon's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Video Express

I spend a lot of time in this video rental store. Renting a dvd isn't common anymore these days, but just open the door and we'll see if you’re gonna go back empty handed. Their handmade dvd jackets are just worth it, this is a really cool place.

Gare du Congrès

I did my first artistic residency at Gare du Congrès with another student from Espace Urbain, and this train station definitely has something special. It’s not only for the secret rooms behind the wooden panels on the wall, or the large hidden tunnel that created a secret passage between this station and Midi station (if you can ride it, just do). It has this strange capacity for a place to be just what you want it to be, whether it's a club, a workshop, a skate spot or a classroom.

Bali Africa

Don’t come in this creepy house if you’re afraid of spells, Djins, animist spirits or BDSM amateur pictures . But If you’re not, it’s another door full of mistery to open in Brussels. Each piece of this shop has something very special, and you have over 10.000 different pieces made with bones, wood and iron, from many different countries, you just have to choose the right one …

Cinema Nova

I saw my first porn on a big screen at the Cinema Nova. It was a sixties movie by a Swedish director and it was like taking the Dolorean to see a conception of sexuality from another time. This kind of things happen in Cinema Nova, every movie is an experience and the entire programme is made by activists who want to share independant production. If you see a movie in Cinema Nova, you most likely won’t see it anywhere else.

La Loge

Brussels is a city full of differents art spaces, but La Loge to me is one of the best dedicated to contemporary art, architecture and theory. Maybe because this is a non-profit place, maybe not, but in this old masonic lodge La Loge proposes a really high level selection and suggest a true dialogue to the public with artistic reflexion and creation, and nothing else.

 

www.theforeseenproject.com 

/ production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON /

 

//ALADIN//

ALADIN HARDY //PR Agent// Brussels 1000

 

 

/ Aladin's favorite places in Brussels/

 

La Piola

For its Négronis.

Maison Particulière

For its private collection.

Lab café

Because it’s right on the corner of my street.

Catleya

For its flowers.

The Garden of the Hearts at the Museum van Buuren

For kissing.

The rooftop terrasse of the Royal Library Albert I

For its calm.

The terrasse of the Musical Instruments Museum

For its view.

St. Gilles’ market

For a drink among friends.

The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

For the beauty of its structure.

La Meilleure Jeunesse

For a charming get-together.

 Unico

For lunch.

Reservoir Shop

For my sneakers.

 

/production by MICHAEL MARSON & photo by MEREL HART/

//JEAN-BICHE//

JEAN-BICHE //Performer/Make-Up Artist/Illustrator// Brussels 1000

 

 

/Jean-Biche's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Beursschouwburg

A cultural institution always ahead in terms of programming and creativity.

 Chez Rachel

Simply the best burger in Brussels.

 Rue du Brabant

A drag queen's paradise in terms of cheap glittery material.

 Studio Maison Béjart

Legendary choreographer's house and studio, now transformed into exhibition, and ballet class.

 Showroom Eric Beauduin

Great designer, recycling leather for a new life & unique bags.

 

 

www.jean-biche.com

/ production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON /

//GUILLAUME//

GUILLAUME LANIER //Florist// Brussels 1060

 

 

/Guillaume's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Le Fontainas

Charlotte’s Spritz is still the best way to relax after a hard day at work.

Le Dillens

My hangout. My preferred canteen, although I hate coming here over the weekend.

Jigger's

A unique place. Savouring Whisky Sours here, seated by the bar, is a treat.

Galerie Rolando Anselmi

I fell in love with this gallery which I discovered during Art Brussels. I’m inspired by the artists it represents.

Chana

Falafel filled china. It’s all good.

Tipi Shop

Paradise for a book collector.

Chouconut

My sweet little sin: the Matcha Green Tea choux pastry.

Bouchery

Just pure sex.

Le marché du Midi

The ideal spot to fill my terrace with flowers.

Josaphat Parc

A very down-to-earth mini-golf.

L’Epicerie

Passionate cooking, it’s just good.

 

 

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//GREGORY//

GREGORY RANGAMA  //Fashion Designer// Brussels 1000

 

 

/Gregory's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Forêt de Soignes

Very close to the city; you only have to take a bus or your bicycl, and you're surrounded by trees and silence. A luxury.

 Brut

A new shop in the Marolles area, offering a big choice of plants and furniture selected with a very good taste.

 La Meute

Simply one of the most beautiful shops in Brussels !

 Cosmeticary

A great selection of cosmetics, for obsessed people like me.

Rob

Harnesses, belts and leather stuff… is actually a very good accessory shop !

Modes

Again in the Marolles area. A wonderful vintage shop, really a jump in the past.

 Cinematek

The best and largest theatrical program, for viewing classics and discovering strangeness.

Le Fin Bec

The best candy shop ever !

 

 

/ production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON /

 

//OLIVIER//

OLIVIER VANDERVLIET //Publisher// Brussels 1070

 

 

/Olivier's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Nonno

Since Nonno opened 3 years ago, I've been eating a piadina there almost every week.
The food is always delicious, the staff friendly and the soundtrack great.

Friture René

Simply the best steak in town. Anderlecht champion!

Peinture fraîche

A very good independent art bookshop, plus they carry all my books!

Etablissement d'en face

An artist run space with an edgy program which openings gather the local art scene.

Le carillon du Mont des Arts

As a kid I was fascinated by this moving sculpture/clock. I am still now.

 

 

www.trianglebooks.com

/production by MICHAEL MARSON & photo by MEREL HART/

//BENJAMIN//

BENJAMIN MONEIN //Master student at la Cambre mode/s/// Brussels 1050

 

 

/Benjamin's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Rue des Champs Elysées

I love walking down this street and enjoying classified art deco and architect's villas. Actually this is where my studio is. This is an important spot to me because this is where my collections get out of my mind and where the core of my univers is. When my doors are open, all of my visitors are enjoing the view and can appreciate my friendly and eclectic neighborhood.

Delecta

A peaceful seventies place not far from the agitation of Flagey. After the closing of P.H.A.T. restaurant in Chatelain, I found consolation with their awesome burgers. It also has a good ambiance to have an aperitif with friends or dates...

Hotel Le Berger

The hotel is an old brothel. I am passionate about the tension in Giallo's movies. Thanks to this place's history and its vintage style, I can easily get imagination in the bistrot, it has a certain cinematographic atmosphere. I never rent a room. My favorite one could be the 08, called Ambre... but this is not an invitation!

STAM

My HQ in Matongé lets enjoy the heated terrace in low season (in Belgium you need it), and fresh home-made drinks in the summer, which makes me appreciate this discrete address. Just next to Stam is l’Athénée, which is also nice.

Garage de la glacière

I discovered this hangar because a friend lives on the same street. She took me underground with endless tunnels which are in fact a multitude of empty spaces that you can rent as a rehearsal studio. We crossed rock bands and dancers, and saw a vintage cars collection, junk shops & blabla...but I was inspired by this cold, noisy and intriguing area. I did the photo shoot of my bachelor collection some weeks later there, just after a big wildfire which burned a part of the garage! The owner sometimes opens a "barakis" style bar also... funny and authentic!!

 

Benjamin wears a Raf Simons's sweatshirt.

Thanks to STIJL.

/production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON/

//MARINE//

MARINE SERRE //Master student at la Cambre mode/s/// Brussels 1060

 

 

/Marine's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Open art space “Le Lac” 

Where I have been meeting very nice people.

Tissus Passion

Where to find the weirdest and cheapest fabrics ever.

Boothuis Brauhaus

 A terribly good party location (except if you drink from the toilet).

The sidewalk, with a preference for the one of my house

To sit on and watch the world passing by.

Musee des Beaux-Arts

For its Flemish Primitive paintings.

 

www.cargocollective.com/marineserre

/production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON/

//VINCENT//

VINCENT COEN //Filmmaker// Brussels 1060

 

 

/Vincent's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Parc Duden

It's were I go for running... it's great because it's hilly and in certain parts you almost have a forest-feeling, never mind the silly Leopold II statue (they should take that shit away).

Arriving by night in Gare du Nord

Seeing Rue d'Aerschot from the train at night is extremely beautiful in a dark and  threatening way. Pure Neon-lit Cinema.

Pizza Momo

Place Betlehem : good pizza's at a reasonable price, there is always place on the terrace & the  guys working there a really nice.

Cinematek

No need to introduce... but not a lot of people know the library, a good place to get some work done. They also sell amazing numbered lithographs of old filmposters for just a couple of euro.

Den Dolle Mol

My first bar in Brussels, used to go there in the nineties as a teenager. It was - and still is -a shithole, but I love it.

 

/production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON/

//ADRIEN//

ADRIEN COELHO //Head Stylist// Brussels 1050

 

 

/Adrien's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Ramon & Valy

To hunt them crazy pieces, I often find beautiful capes.

CHYL

Buying everything in bulk, less packaging, more savings, back to basics.... Finally !

Cafe capital THE LAB

Good coffee is a matter of taste.

Forcado Pasteleria

The pastei nata recall my childhood, smell, taste and my home country I love. 

Hunting and collecting

Friends, great people, a generous taste and daring in their choice of clothes, accessories and the opportunity to purchase a beautiful bouquet of flowers by the way!

 

www.adriencoelho.com

/production by MICHAEL MARSON & photo by MEREL HART/

//TOM//

TOM TACK //PR Agent// Brussels 1190

 

 

/Tom's favorite places in Brussels/

 

Villa Empain

This sumptuous art-deco villa hosts great exhibitions and an even more impressive pool. Unfortunately you’re not able to take a dip, but the well-curated art exhibitions will give you the necessary food for thought.

Chez Andriana

This Greek pitta place on Place de Ninove is the place to go for a tasty homemade pitta. Pick one of Andriana’s dishes and “la sauce qui va avec” and enjoy! Only open at noon, just look for the line waiting outside.

Boulevard Guillaume Van Haelen

A large boulevard, beginning of the century townhouses and loads of greenery: that’s the street I call home. Located between the Dudenpark and contemporary art centre Wiels, this street still fascinates me on a daily base.

Il Monticelli

The most hart-warming family-owned restaurant in Brussels to eat Italian dishes! Here you don’t go for the interior but for the perfectly shaped polenta fries!

Comus & Gasterea

Slow food ice cream: who wants more! Ignore the strange opening hours and grumpy owner and enjoy some of the best ice cream ever. The perfect spot for a sweet tooth like me.

 

www.welovepure.com

/photo & production by MICHAEL MARSON/

//FLORENCE//

FLORENCE SAMAIN //Craftswoman/Darwin Sect Guru/Make-up Artist// Brussels 1060

 

 

/Florence's favorite places in Brussels/

 

The Darwin Sect Garden

My little Eden hidden in the city. Putting my hands into the soil, observing insects, looking at fishes playing with nenuphars, smelling ferns, breeding birds... Isn't it Paradise?

Pierre Marcolini

The Sanctuary of the most exquisite flavors. I coud kill for a single Kendem Lembu Java dark chocolate square... said enough!

Salle Senbo

REAL GYM Boxing Team. Great coach & team, old school music, perfect good vibes... Muay Thai is probably one of the best ways to channel one's energies, increasing psychic and physical skill level. A powerful addiction! 

Tea for two

About 200 different kinds of tea selected with passion to discover and enjoy with a piece of homemade cake... 

The Royal Greenhouses of Laeken

Phantasmagoric soap bubble architecture and tropical flora. An absolute megalomania! I would dream to laze there alone for hours...

 

 

www.darwinsect.com

/production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON/

//SIMON//

SIMON DEMEUTER //Graphic Designer// Brussels 1000 

 

 

/ Simon's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Le Musée du Cinquantenaire

This is one of my favorite places in Brussels, they have an incredible collection of objects. It's perfect for a lazy Sunday.

La librairie TULITU

I made the logo. This is a beautiful bookstore specializing in LGBT and Quebec literature.

La pépinière de Boitsfort

The best place if you have a garden in Brussels. With a little chance you can cross a member of the Royal family.

Izakaya

One of the best japanese taverns for lunch time with their « bento » for 10 EUR with unlimited tea.

Sorry We’re Closed

One of my favorite galleries in Brussels with his very personal program.

 

www.simondemeuter.be

/production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON/

//SEBASTIEN//

SEBASTIEN BONIN //Artiste// 1050 Ixelles

 

 

/ Sebastien's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Jardin botanique de Meise

Mammouth

Close to my studio , favorite place to eat.

Le Caramoulo

A working-class bar with an excellent Portuguese coffee.

 Piscine l'Espadon

One of the healthiest swimming pools in Brussels with very little chlory content.

Pêle-Mêle

You can even find a bible print by Gutenberg.

 Basilique de Koekelberg

The only local spot for skateboarding when I was a teenager,  you can also visit the rooftop of the Basilique and see the best city view.

 

www.sebastienbonin.com

/production & photo by MICHAEL MARSON/

//AUDE & FABIEN//

AUDE & FABIEN GRIBOMONT  //Owner & Store Manager of Hunting and Collecting// Brussels 1000

 

 

/ Aude & Fabien's favorite places in Brussels /

 

Caroline Music

An institution in the music scene since my adolescence. A fine selection and great advice.

Les Artichauts Rétro

Catherine renovates vintage furniture with a lot of flair and good taste.

Les Filles

Each day I get their lunch-on-the-go. I don’t have time to cook, they do it for me, it’s delicious, healthy and balanced.

Knees to Chin

It’s good, fresh, and to take home.

CandidePeinture Fraîche

Two established values. Impossible to walk out empty-handed.

Chez Laurent

Wine tasting by a captivating group of connoisseurs.

Lord Byron

It’s the place where we get together among neighbours and storekeepers to exchange the latest news.

Adrien Coelho Studio

I have been a loyal customer since forever, and intend on doing the same for the Adrien Coelho Care Studio.

Hunting and Collecting

I love it, it’s great. I go there every day ;-)

 

/production by MICHAEL MARSON & photo by MEREL HART /