15 addresses for vintage design in Belgium

We’ve scanned the streets of Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Liège in search of the best addresses for vintage furniture. From the cute and cosy to the vast and varied and passing through the weird and wonderful,  here are our 15 vintage design hotspots.

Brussels

1. Influences

Founded by Pierre De Brouwere and Beatrice Cousin about four years ago, this little jewel in the vintage-loaded Brugman neighbourhood is not only a furniture shop but an art gallery, too. The carefully arranged space and selection hint at true passionates at work: the couple specialise in Belgian contemporary abstract art and Scandinavian and Belgian furniture pieces from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

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Influences, Rue Darwinstraat 44 – 1050 Brussels

2. Vintage Items

Vintage Items, again located in Ixelles’ Brugman neighbourhood, is notable for its playful and colourful knick-knacks from the ’60s to the ’80s. Owner Tim Dubus makes sure to always have some grand classics available, from Marcel Breuer chairs to pieces by Eames or Jacobsen. His speciality is the multi-coloured vintage letters that are perfect for an original wall decoration.

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Vintage Items, Rue Darwinstraat 37 – 1050 Brussels

3. Ampersand House

Run by Ike Udechuku and Kathryn Smith, Ampersand House, located in a beautiful old maison de maître is a few things rolled into one: not only is it the couple’s home, it’s also a live-in gallery (check out our exhibition review here) and furniture shop. Mixing vintage, contemporary and prototype work, the selection makes for an interesting dialogue. Here you can find everything from Grete Jalk’s gorgeous teak armchairs to Bernt Petersen’s Egyptian stool.

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Ampersand House, Rue Tasson Snelstraat 30 – 1060 Brussels

www.ampersandhouse.com

4. XXth Century Furniture

Located in Brussels’ antique shop mecca, the Sablon area, Olivier Biltereyst runs XXth Century Furniture, a place that offers a selection of rather traditional, elegant and sophisticated items. We particularly loved the Danish two-seat leather sofa from the ’70s, as well as Belgian designer Jules Wabbes’ large ’60s bookshelf. Speaking of which: the space also includes an art bookshop run by Laurent Bouchat.

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XXth Century Furniture, Rue de la Régence 65c Regentschapsstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.olibil.com

5. Alexis Vanhove

Despite – or maybe because of – the limited size of his shop, Alexis Vanhove’s selection is spot-on and extremely personal. The tiny space leaves room for only the true coup de coeurs chosen by this studied art historian. Once again located in Brussels’ Brugman area, the shop has attracted vintage design fans since 2008. On the menu are a selection of gorgeous pieces from Belgian design star Jules Wabbes, the sober but elegant tables of George Nelson and Arne Jacobsen’s legendary Series 7 chairs.

Alexis Vanhove, Rue Emile Bouilliotstraat – 1050 Brussels
www.alexisvanhove.blogspot.com

6. Le Petit Coin

Located in the Flagey area and run by three friends, Le Petit Coin is a charming little corner shop that also offers some choice finds for the smaller wallet. Apart from furniture, it’s full of little bits and pieces from cushions, plates, cups and lots of different deco objects. Fair warning: not everything here is vintage.

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Rue Antoine Labarrestraat 2 – 1050 Brussels
www.lepetitcoin.be

7. D+ Design

Italian-born Allessandro Dati is passionate about 20th century furniture and decorative objects, and has an obvious penchant for Italian design. Here you’ll find creations by Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass or Joe Colombo, but also a few pieces from Europe or the US. Our favourite find: the many different models of Guzzini lamps.

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D+ Design, Rue Blaesstraat 83 – 1000 Brussels
www.dplusdesign.be

8. Via Antica

Located in the Marolles, this gigantic space is a Goliath of Belgium’s vintage design scene. Covering 2000 metres sq. and three floors, Via Antica unites the wares of 40 different dealers, including a whole array of different styles and covering a wide range of pieces from the 18th to the 20th century. Next to Scandinavian masterpieces from the ’70s there’s art deco lamps and ancient pharmacy shelves. Quite the treasure chest.

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Via Antica, Rue Blaesstraat 40 – 1000 Brussels
www.antiek.net/viaantica

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9. Atelier Solarshop

Atelier Solarshop is a concept store located in Antwerp’s 2060 area that was founded in 2008 by Piëtro Celestina and Jan-Jan Van Essche. The name is a throwback to the days when the place served as a solar panel supplier. Much more than just a shop that sells stuff, it’s maintained as a kind of artistic hub that also plays host to all kinds of events and exhibitions. The shelves feature an eclectic mix: get your hands on vintage tables and chairs but also fashion (including Jan-Jan’s own line), art and jewellery.

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Atelier Solarshop, Dambruggestraat 48 – 2060 Antwerp
ateliersolarshop.be

10. Wood Stock Antiques

Located in the heart of Antwerp’s antique quarter, Wood Stock Antiques has a lot of industrial furniture on offer as well as quirky items like old leather gymnastic matts or sports balls. Fun fact: they furnish none other than celebrated fashion photographer Marc Lagrange with the props for his shoots.

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Wood Stock Antiques, Kloosterstraat 87 – 2000 Antwerp
www.woodstockantiques.be

11. Full Effect

Full Effect’s standout features are undoubtedly its eclectic and extensive lamp section and the exceptional collection of beautiful old professional racing bikes. The kids will be glad they came, too: there’s vintage toys and lots of barbies up for grabs. Full Effect has everything, really; from furniture pieces to decorative items and even clothes.

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Full Effect, Kloosterstraat 63 – 2000 Antwerp
www.fulleffect.be

12. Marcy Michael

Michael Marcy started collecting vintage pieces at the tender age of 21 and has become quite an expert in his field over the years. Some even consider him Belgium’s design encyclopedia: “If Michael Marcy says that guy made this lamp, everyone will believe it.” Marcy is especially dedicated to introducing collectors to Belgian architects and designers of the ’40s and ’50. His legendary shop, now located just outside Antwerp’s city center, truly is a vintage design heaven.

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Marcy Michael, Sint-Jozefstraat 78 – 2018 Antwerp
www.marcymichael.com

13. Modest Furniture

With the goal of promoting modest and positive design, Modest Furniture specialises in Danish and Scandinavian creations from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, including everything from lighting and furniture to decoration. Plus: the shop also sells photographs of jazz musicians. Eames‘ Rar chair, Hove Møbler’s blue daybed, and HP Hansen’s teak sideboard were especially hard to resist.

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Modest Furniture, Mechelsesteenweg 247 – 2018 Antwerp
www.modestfurniture.com

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14. Depot 09

Having just opened in September, Depot 09 is already set to be one of Belgium’s major vintage design meccas. Bringing together about 15 different dealers, the former depot along the water outside Ghent’s centre is big in size and eclectic in its selection.

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Depot 09, Nieuwevaart 118 – 9000 Ghent
www.depot09.be

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15. Oh Les Beaux Jours

Former RTBF journalist André Leruth opened up this lovely shop after he retired. The focus is on design from the ’60s to the ’80s, but a few fitting pieces from other decades have managed to find their way into his selection, too. The selection is affordable and ranges from vintage radios and ceramics to all kinds of furniture, lamps and phones. Leruth is also the creative mind behind Liège’s Vintage Days (the next edition is planned around Christmas time this year).

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Oh Les Beaux Jours, Rue des Franchimontois 48 – 4000 Liège
www.ohlesbeauxjours.be