together with Cathérine Biasino, runs The Alfred Collection, This Belgian textile brand combines craftsmanship, minimalism and beauty. The brand has a fixed collection, but also works on demand. At the moment, they’re working on a made-to-measure piece for Office KGDVS, and they often collaborate with architects Wim Goes and Marie-José Van Hee.
The Alfred Collection is not guided by trends or seasons, but follows the gut feeling and eye for style of the owners. The items – from bed linen to table linen and cashmere scarves – are timeless and sustainable, characteristics Marie also looks for in other brands.
Marie notices the Kewlox cupboards at her friends’ houses too, and they’ve also found their way to her son’s home. A sign that the simplicity of the system is appreciated by many, and can find a spot in different styles and spaces.
“It’s a truly fantastic product, which defies trends and generations,” Marie explains. “If we were to move to a bigger atelier, I would even think of using the cabinets as a room dividers, creating different areas while adding extra storage. Ideas and options aplenty!”
Marie Mees textile designer and La collection d’Alfred’s co-ceo, Gent.
Marie and Cathérine’s atelier is next door to Marie’s apartment. The calm space is an ideal working environment, providing plenty of space to test and experiment. The beautiful designer items – a unique chair by Maarten Van Severen or a rare vintage Thonet – make for an inspiring surrounding. For storage, Marie chose Kewlox cabinets:
“The simple system and design are really well thought of, and the cabinets are functional: you can fit in a lot of stuff and it can carry quite a few kilos. The cupboards here are filled to the brim with samples, fabric, products, … but everything remains still and sturdy.”