news - 06.08.2020

Shades Of Wood

With its specific combination of wood and stone, butterfly roof and large windows, the house of our founder Patrick could pass for a design by one of the great American mid-century architects, but it is actually the result of the Bellerose family’s efforts to bring their combined vision to life. Think openness and tranquility, add wood all over for warmth and a lot of Bellerose’s DNA and you have it! In a nutshell: a certified dream house. 
If you’re already familiar with it, that’s probably because the house and its surroundings have been the backdrop for a multitude of our photoshoots since day one. Recently featured in our Mr. Porter capsule and Melt-away photoshoots, it has once again raised a lot of comments and questions amongst our community, so we thought it was time to turn the spotlight on this gorgeous country house!
wordsMathilde Pagnier
picturesVictoria Nossent

A few years ago, wanting to escape Knokke and its bling atmosphere – not to mention that this part of Belgium’s coastline isn’t exactly a reference in terms of architecture – Patrick, his partner Laetitia (our main Womenswear designer) and son Dereck (Bellerose’s artistic director) moved to Cadzand. Picture a quiet seaside meets countryside town located at the border between Belgium and the Netherlands. In the middle of an agricultural area with a 360 degree panorama over fields, he happened to find the peace and authenticity he missed ten years ago. With the exception of a lost cyclist, there is no soul to be seen in the distance. "View is everything. You don't find anything like this anywhere in Belgium”

Drawing inspiration from some of Patrick’s favorite architects like Richard Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright or the designs of the American agency Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, the trio behind Bellerose designed the house of their dreams with a very personal style. Along came Dutch architect Maartje Lammers who had a strong willingness to make this project work and helped bring their design to life. “She was as crazy as we were, so that helped”, says Patrick.
 
Fast forward a couple of years and here is! Standing in the middle of the countryside on what was once an abandoned farm, the house is a wooden skeleton resting on a rough schist wall that parts it through and through and framed all around by gigantic windows. You don’t leave the crowded Knokke seaside to find yourself looking at a concrete wall, so the house is bright and open onto the outside. Nature and wilderness at your fingertips!

It’s impossible to walk inside the house without noticing the incredible puzzled floor that runs through the villa both inside and outside. The idea behind it was taken from the forest home of American sculptor Wharton Esherick. “This floor is the same as the one we used for the Bellerose shop located Rue Jacob in Paris. I tried it out there, and since we loved the results, we adapted it here. It is made of over 2,000 pieces of Jatoba wood, each of them having been laser-cut and numbered. After that, we just had to assemble them.” Talk about a giant jigsaw puzzle!
 
But Patrick, Laetitia and Derek’s vision didn’t stop at the house architecture: “We decorated the house the way we design our collections, which means following our own style.” Being a fan of Scandinavian, Italian and Brazilian designers, Derek, our artistic director, sourced most of the furniture from flea markets. He and Patrick like these styles for their minimalist design and unusual shapes. “I like being surrounded by things I instantly fall in love with, and it doesn’t matter whether they are renowned or not. I don't care about name recognition. It is the mix that counts.


With a keen eye for design, a deep love for architecture and a taste for travels, adventures and the wilderness, Patrick and his family managed to create a place that is an invitation to both contemplation and spontaneity. A lot like Bellerose! So don’t be fooled by its polished looks, this house isn’t just a pretty picture to look at in an architecture magazine.

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