By Elly van Zutphen
The Home of Van Noten
Not only his fashion is worth seeing (and wearing), Misja and I would like to have a closet full of clothes from this fashion king. But also the house of the Belgian designer Dries van Noten is impressive. The man has a great house in neoclassical style. The façade of the house is inspired by the Trianon pavilion of the castle of Versailles, and inside it is completely Dries.
Hof van Ringen
‘Landgoed Hof van Ringen’ is situated in on the banks of the River Nete near the city of Lier and was built in 1840. The house has been thoroughly renovated and the park has been refurbished. Both the garden, where Dries spends a lot of his free time, and the house are worth seeing. It is clear that this is where he finds a lot of inspiration for his designs. Take a look.
Peonies, wild thyme, and geraniums lead the way to the house
A painting by the Belgian expressionist Léon de Smet greets visitors in the ornate oak entrance.
The table in the dining room is covered with a beautiful piece of silk brocade and in the red salon, the walls are covered with Lyonnais silk.
The Venetian chandelier is reflected in mirror panels and terracotta Tritons and is guarding the Orangery . It once stood in a 19th-century Viennese bank.
The restored gazebo is a popular refuge for the designer.
In the Victorian rose garden, Helichrysum crawls out of stone vases and roses sway along slender arches
Huge yews lead the path to the guest house
Book Dries van Noten 1-100
On the occasion of his 100th show, a book was published at the end of 2017. It consists of two parts, containing photos of the shows and background information of every collection. There is also attention to the different, locations and the way the shows are held. Not every collection has been equally successful, that seems almost impossible. It is wonderful to see how his style has developed. Misja was lucky because Henny Waalwijk was present at the book presentation in Antwerp. She had a copy signed by the maestro himself for her.
Photos: François Halard
First published: vogue.com
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