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Using material as it is – pure and straightforward TEXT: BERTHE VAN DEN HURK  |  PHOTOS: BLOK 

It is their passion to create unique interiors, furniture and objects. The designs are different, authentic and original. BLOK consists of the two enthusiastic designers Maurice Blok and Anke van Gestel, who are eager to create beautiful things on a daily basis. “We create unadorned design,” says Van Gestel. Where do you find a workshop where a handcrafted poplar cabinet sits next to a 21st century computer-controlled milling machine? “Technology is a tool just like a handsaw,”  says  Anke  van  Gestel,  cofounder of BLOK. “Sure, we can design and produce a complete custom-built interior  but  so  can  others.  What  sets  us apart is the attention that is given to the

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material and finish. Meaning: we use materials as they are; pure and raw. We do not hide the materials with a layer of lacquer  or  paint.  We  show  the  beauty  of the materials as they are.” 

A specific style BLOK’s clientele is so diverse that there is no one explicit type; there is no ‘average’ customer. It varies from private individuals to businesses and from hospitality to government. Nevertheless they have one thing in common: they have a specific demand in style. “We  work  closely  together  with  our clients in developing concepts and interiors. Currently we are working on an in-

terior for a wine bar. Material, form and experience  are  all  entered  around  a strong  and  personal  design  concept,” says  Van  Gestel.  “We  have  a  range  of different skills from metalwork, to woodworking  as  well  a  trusted  network  of partners that help bring projects to life.” During the creative process, BLOK keeps in  touch  with  their  customers,  especially when  handling  complex  products  and large  projects.  They  find  it  necessary  to adapt constantly to one another; this ensures that the end result fully satisfies the customer’s wishes. Van Gestel: “Because we can make everything in our workshop, we  are  flexible  and  we  can  usually  still make adjustments without adverse effects

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Discover Benelux | Issue 12 | December 2014  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Discover Benelux | Issue 12 | December 2014  

Promoting Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.