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GALERIE LE BEAU – GOKELAERE, BRUSSELS
When design transcends time TEXT: SIMON WILLMORE | PHOTOS: GALERIE LE BEAU - GOKELAERE
When it comes to design – for clothing, furniture, or architecture – authenticity to the age and iconic style are crucial, but the ability of a piece to transcend fashions and time periods is something else entirely. This timelessness is the focus of Galerie Le Beau – Gokelaere, which opened in 2014 on the Place du Sablon, the main art square in Brussels. Here, husband and wife founders, Stanislas and Céline Gokelaere – a couple who share a passion for 20th century design – bring together a selection of pieces from mid-century designers. It includes 10 | Issue 59 | November 2018
furniture pieces from Scandinavian, American, French, Brazilian and Italian designers, with the mantra ‘to create a dialogue between furniture, lighting and art’. “We have a focus on design from the period between 1940 to 1970,” Stanislas Gokelaere begins. “What separates us from other galleries or dealers is that we do not limit ourselves to specific geography but focus on furniture designers and architects that marked the history of design.” He says that, naturally, their selection shows many artistic influences, but there is a strong connection in rarity, style and refinement.
“That’s the link between all the designers we exhibit,” Stanislas Gokelaere continues. “All of them have made their
The gallery’s founders Stanislas and Céline Gokelaere.
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