EV House

We designed a light, calming and inviting interior for EV House, a private residence near Antwerp.

A warm, neutral material palette is used throughout the house, with different types of wood and natural stone.

Photography by Patricia Goijens

The hotel-like powder room, which is immediately on the right when you enter the home, introduces us to the materials used troughout the house. It has a luxurious large sink sculpted from Calacatta marble that was handpicked in Italy with the client, and is set against a backdrop of Oak paneling. A minimalist black steel frame holds a floating mirror, with indirect daylight coming in from the window behind it. Other black details include the steel soap tray inserted in the sink, a towel shelf below and the taps. A wooden screen subtly divides the kitchen from the living rooms and entryway.

In the extra large kitchen behind it, a large sculptural fireplace is set on a ‘Pietra dei Medici’ natural stone base with black steel details, creating a cosy focal point in the dining area. Oak cabinetry along the wall conceals the ovens, storage and acces to the pantry behind for an uncluttered atmosphere. The large island is cut from slabs of Calacatta marble, with black steel detail adding a graphic touch. Behind the island, an additional countertop in marble houses the sink and the cooktop, with a minimalist white plastered volume above to cover the exhaust.

Large windows open up to the garden and fill the kitchen and dining area with sunlight, which makes the extra-long kitchen island the perfect spot for a morning coffee (or afternoon apéro).

The large dining table that we created for the space has a tabletop in smoked oak and is set on a base carved from the same Calacatta marble block that we used for the kitchen island, with a playful reveal detail.

Exiting the kitchen and dining area, you can see the sightline from the entrance hall through the living room, along the bar and into the home office, ending with a view on the beautiful gardens. Long curtains in Belgian linen create a cosy atmosphere, while floor to ceiling windows bathe the space in natural light.

The living room follows the same cosy material palette that we’ve seen before, with a central fireplace which is visible from two sides and surrounded by oak cabinetry, as well as a bespoke oak and ‘Emperador’ marble coffeetable. A beautiful sculpture by Dorothee Loriquet sits on top, forming a playful contrast with it’s organic shapes against the sharp lines and dark base of the table.

Between the living room and the home office of this house, we created a cosy nook for a bar. Smoked Oak cabinetry and black glass details contrast with a sharp cut island in Carrara marble as a centerpoint. Sliding doors with wooden slats can close off the space. The shelves have integrated LED lighting, creating a moody atmosphere at night. Behind the steel-framed sliding door to the office waits a walk-in wine vault. The last stop on the ground floor is the office overlooking the wonderful garden on two sides, with a custom made geometrical desk in smoked oak and marble.

We go upstairs via the beautiful silver travertine staircase with open pores that has been sandblasted for a rough effect. In the master suite we created 2 seperate, freestanding vanities, sculpted from Calacatta marble. Black steel inserts provide a place for towels and soap, while the taps come out from behind the sink, in front of the steel-framed mirrors, creating a wonderful play of depth. The slatted wood that provided privacy on the ground floor returns as a design element next to the free standing bath.

The design language and material palette was taken from the architecture all the way to the made to measure furniture and decoration, resulting in a harmonious calming environment.

"The design language and material palette was taken from the architecture all the way to the made to measure furniture and decoration, resulting in a harmonious calming environment."