Every designer has his or her own unique way of working. Some like it quiet and secluded, others need the constant exchange with their like-minded peers. Studio With A View, located on the fourth floor of the former Bellevue brewery in Brussels, satisfies both needs.
Spread out across more than 600 square meters, eight artists (five designers, two photographers and one architect) form like Voltron to do everything from photo shoots to timber furniture. “We all do our own thing, but it is very inspiring to see what the others work on, what materials and techniques they use,” designer Maarten De Ceulaer explains. The huge loft is filled with spray cabins, photo walls, spot welding machines, wood cutters, compressors and is constantly steaming with creative energy: “It is very motivating, there is always someone here, even at eight in the morning on a Sunday,” he continues. Besides the big common space that serves as a kitchen, photo studio and workshop all-in-one, one wall is taken up by a purpose-build two-level wooden structure that provides the loosely-knitted collective with individual spaces: wooden cubicles, 21 square meters of pure privacy, which some use as storage space and others as offices. “It is just the perfect combination of alone and together,” Maarten concludes.