Margaux Barthélemy has the character of a woman from the South. She is passionate about contemporary art and design, having honed her...
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