Louis Herman De Koninck (1896-1984) has worked extensively on domestic architecture, single-family residences and small apartment buildings. He is presented as a dominant figure of the “modern” movement in Belgium, which followed the Art Nouveau without causing a real caesura.
Caroline Notté and her team are delighted to have been able to set up their studio in the personal house of De Koninck, realized in Uccle, 105 avenue Fond'Roy, in 1924, at a time when he begins to be applauded by the leaders of the “avant-garde” movement.
This reflection on the cube and concrete drove the architect through his search of prototypes of cheap houses, in the midst of a severe housing crisis. De Koninck proved to be an indefatigable inventor, constantly studying new products and techniques, such as plain concrete, insulating panels and industrialized window frames.
Another notable achievement of the architect is the standardized Cubex kitchen manufactured in thousands of copies and still found in some Brussels buildings dating from 1930 to 60.
De Koninck also designed pavilions and advertising booths for exhibitions, but was always happy to return to building houses.
This spirit of innovation, creativity and audacity continues today to animate the place and remains a permanent source of inspiration for Caroline.
The gallery is open every Thursday and Friday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm. We’re showing a selection of contemporary furniture, vintage art and design, sculptures, photographies etc. to highlight established and emerging artists. The “Gallery” section of the website www.carolinenotte.com appears as an inexhaustible source of inspiration, with a larger selection than some of the pieces exhibited Avenue Fond’Roy. And this, to emphasize the universe of Caroline Notté.
Caroline Notté (b. 1977 – Belgian)
Architect –Interior Designer – Fine Art Photographer
Based in Brussels, Caroline Notté (CN) has always been moved by the appealing scenes and atmospheres she has encountered around the world. An avid traveller and adventurer, her work captures these experiences to create astonishment and spark aspirations.
After graduating from the Academy of Arts in Brussels, CN complemented her studies with a degree in Architecture at La Cambre in Brussels, achieving the highest distinction.
With an artistic background and specialised in a major form of art – Architecture – CN then chose to enhance her CV as a complete all-round artist, training in Photography in New-York at the New York Institute of Photography.
Prior to launching her own practice, she welcomed the opportunity to develop her sense and vision of space while working for Marc Corbiau for two years. To further develop her professional experience, CN then cooperated with the interior designer Lionel Jadot for four years.
This diverse education and experience finally led CN to open her own practice, offering a multi-disciplinary approach to her work. As a result, she combines her training with talent to create exceptional artworks that are in harmony with the client’s domain.
As an architect, interior designer, photographer and professor at the College of Advertising & Design, CN views herself as Andrée Putman puts it, a “multi-facetted artist".
CN assembles images, materials, stories and impressions as roadmaps that define her distinctive language. This specific tone and character is then translated into environments as varied as a hotel, a fashion boutique, an office, a house, etc.
She is always keen to create amazement through her artworks, dismissing the dreary sensation of “déjà vu”. When representing cities and landscape, she goes beyond the reproduction of the abstract beauty of nature and its kaleidoscope of colours, attempting to pave her own way between fiction, documentary and imagination.