ELLE DECORATION of November 1998
(translated from the original)
THE ART OF GIVING, THE PLEASURE OF RECEIVING
SENSES ART NOUVEAU, at the same time shop and walking destination has just opened in the Sablon Area. An Homage to Brussels, Capital of Art Nouveau.
Not a exactely a gift shop nor an art gallery, SENSES ART NOUVEAU is a space that offers multiples aspects of a style glorified by Victor Horta, Mucha, Henri Van de Velde, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Willima Morris, Klimt or Hankar.
The superb decoration recalls an art center and gives to the visitors the opportunity to discover or redescover reproductions and modern objects in the Home Decoration, Office, Fashion, Stationnery, Perfumes fields. All items are inspired or exquisite reproductions of a style, Art Nouveau, that had brocken the academicism of the 19th century.
The shop, the displays, the lighinting always playing with shadows, the iron made decoration and lighting to the door knobs all reflect the "magic style" and is the ideal showcase for handmade productions of iron, glass, silver, wood and other precious materials.
At the entrance, Isabelle Leloup and her husband Jacopo Giola present the Home decoration and Tableware collections: candlesticks, vases, Coloured Murano glasses, hardwood frames, cameo glass vases... Then the Office Collections are presented with sterling silver writings instruments from Yard.o.lead, inkstands, paper knifes. Not far away are the paper sets, and agendas.
Perfumes are also presented from the Floris range.
In the back of the shop a more cosy corner devoted to Fashion Accessories: silk scarves, pleated silk scarves and velvet ones and also silk ties.Some very elegant evening bags hand beaded with very small black glass pearls.
Finally the Jewelry ! Rings, Necklaces, Brooches in silver, goldplated or in gold, with floral and vegetal motives as the the gingko leaves. And also Murano glass chockers finely composed by hand in Venice for SENSES ART NOUVEAU. And also for the men: Watches inspired by Charles Mackintosh and silver cuff-links.
An exquisite composition of quality reproductions and contemporary creations all inspired by the same fabulous curvy lines of Art Nouveau.
Do you need some ideas for your Christmas gifts ?
SENSES Art Nouveau, 31 Rue Lebeau, Brussels