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This week we have been busy bringing our trademark cast iron radiators to the interior of a wonderful piece of architecture in the city of Ghent, Belgium. It has been a delightful challenge to try and mix up two very similar and mutually inspired design styles. These are the 1900s Art Nouveau, the source of inspiration for our radiators, and the later Art Deco, a cultural wave which has been highly influenced by the organic famous Art Nouveau lines.
The house in Ghent is getting close to celebrating its centenary. Art Deco started off in the late 1920s in France, gaining prestige after World War II. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials, being born as what may be called a manifest against the luscious style of its predecessor, Art Nouveau. It was meant to respond to the demands of the new machine industry and the requirements of mass production, which emerged together with the flourishing of the post-war period.
Art Deco has been present in the city of Ghent illustrated in some of the most famous buildings of the city, such as Boekentoren, belonging to notorious architect Henry van de Welde. Another example is the city’s first sky-scraper, known as Parc Residence designed by Oscar Van de Voorde or the RVS Building by architect Jos Baeyens, entirely decorated by an Art Deco facade. Ghent has the opportunity to bear the signature of some of Europe’s finest architects, therefore it has been a privilege for our team to bring our design preferences into important edifices such as this one. We find that our carefully crafted and restored vintage cast iron radiators will bring to an 1930s interior exactly the lines it needs to complete the perfect home.