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Tenbosh House in Brussels by Patrice Lemeret and Michel Penneman

By Eric Meunier


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Tenbosch House is a recently opened hotel that comprises two contiguous Art Nouveau townhouses in the central quartier of Ixelles in Brussels, Belgium.

Owners Cedric Meuris and Bernard Devaux hired architect Patrice Lemeret to transform two nineteenth-century houses into one exclusive hotel, “small enough to care, yet spacious enough to give you freedom and calm.”

Designer Michel Penneman and Catharina Eklof chose carefully mid century Scandinavian furniture to make the hotel “a place of serenity.”

Tenbosch House offers seven rooms and suite that can be booked all year round from €250/$360 per night.

An indoor pool and a Swedish sauna will make your stay even more relaxing.

Tenbosh House in Bruxelles:

“Tenbosch House comprises two contiguous Hôtel de Maitres buildings dating from 1906. A aristocratic Brussels family commissioned the architect Benjamin de Lestré de Fabribeckers to construct the two houses, one for the parents and one for the children. Tenbosch House is built in the architectural style of eclectic Art Nouveau, and in the neighbourhood of Ixelles you will find several heritage buildings by the same architect. The houses stayed in the family’s possession until 2008 when Cedric Meuris and Bernard Devaux bought the properties to restore them and turn them into today’s Tenbosch House.

Cedric Meuris and Bernard Devaux, both passionate for the architectural heritage of Brussels have restored several similar properties with works including the reinstatement of “Sgraffites “ façades and returning stucco moldings, brass and woodwork to their original condition. The transformation of Tenbosch House includes all these aspects and was undertaken by architect Patrice Lemeret of MAP and interior designer Michel Penneman.

Scandinavian design is the platform of Tenbosch House, combining aesthetics and functionalism. Every piece is chosen to have its particular place in each suite and to fit with the concept of a unique home with a Scandinavian spirit. The furniture selection and overall concept was developed by Cedric’s wife, Catharina Eklöf who is of Scandinavian origin. The resulting light, white interconnecting spaces have been comfortably enhanced by the precise selection of furniture, bespoke carpets, objet d’art, books and artwork.

Furniture from legendary, mid-20th Century Scandinavian designers such as Hans Wegner, Henning Poulsen, Bruno Mathsson and Finn Juhl has been sourced mainly by local specialists, Jean Claude Jacquemart, Fabriek NL and Diito. To take the functional and aesthetic dimension further, the interior is enhanced with a fine selection of Scandinavian design elements from Georg Jensen, Iittala and VIPP each with its natural function throughout the house. The designers such as Alvar Aalto, Kaj Franck, and Henning Koppel all represents different facets of Scandinavian design at its best where aesthetics and functionality meet to deliver lasting design.”

Photos by: Serge Anton
Source: Catharina Eklof

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About Eric Meunier

Currently the Owner and Chief Executive of HODYO Design, Eric Meunier's expertise in the design industry spreads over 20 years. He was the driving force behind HomeDSGN's early success, founding this website in 2011. Today, he loves to channel his passion for design into remodeling houses and transforming interior spaces with his keen eye for detail and architectural finesse. Learn more about HomeDSGN's Editorial Process.

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