“Life is all about encounters”: that’s what we were thinking while walking in Paris to go Alex Palenski apartment-studio. This prodigy...
Caroline, can you tell us about yourself? How did you get to where you are today?
I’m a woman with a very passionate nature. I love travelling and I have many strings to my bow: architect, interior designer, photographer, and CAD professor. I studied architecture, followed by photography in New York, before completing internships with Marc Corbiau. After that, I was an architect at Lionel Jadot’s studio. I opened my own studio ten years ago, and for the last year, I’ve also had a gallery featuring art, vintage items, furniture, and other pieces that I love.
How did you manage to acquire this building by Louis Herman De Koninck?
It was a fantastic stroke of luck!
What does this residence mean for you?
It’s a place of stability and strength, where I can anchor myself. This house impresses me every single day. I have a lot of admiration for Louis Herman De Koninck. Here, I have absolutely amazing contact with nature.
Where did the idea for the gallery come from? What do you have on offer?
I like sharing and human contact, and I’m a big fan of art, vintage items, and decorative objects. I love making discoveries. The premises are really well suited for that. I wanted to make the house come alive with young artists.
How did you envisage the space to highlight your selection of items?
Above all, I wanted to treat the house with respect and retain all the existing features. I change very frequently, so my selection fits in with the premises.
Which are your favourite pieces? What is your “must-have” item of the moment?
Mobiles by Michael Anastassiades.
Do you have a favourite era, artist, or item that defines your style?
The 30s, Anish Kapoor, and a vase by Ettore Sottsass.
Any design destinations to share for anyone visiting Brussels?
Diito,Vintage Items, 10gallery and Benoit de Moffarts.
What are your plans for the future?
Photography: Constance Gennari – Text: Caroline Balvay – Translation: TextMaster @thesocialitefamily