In what way is your work linked to where you live?
I think my ‘designer/artist-language’ is very Flemish. Last year we were invited by the Bokrijk museum to rethink how to make the old Flemish/Belgian crafts relevant again in the 21st century. We developed several pieces of wooden furniture and art for the project.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Many different things: beauty, poetry, semiotics, the borders between the known and the unknown, the traditional and the contemporary. And also other crafts in the wood industries, such as boat building and bridge building, from which I borrow techniques.
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What do you love most about your profession?
The freedom to just be, which means having the time to think and to make. And I love having the chance to make furniture and art in a totally personal way, regardless of trends. What I do is absolutely an expression of my inner self.
On what values do your base your production?
CasimirAteliers stands for outstanding quality. Not only when it comes to the selection of the finest trees and the right wood for any purpose, but also when talking about craftsmanship. No matter how long it takes to get it just right, the work is only done when the master says: "perfect".