Heerenhuis’s motto is brazenly straightforward “We make tables, that’s what we do.” – well, we feel they do it very well. The Belgian design house and furniture workplace started their trade in Antwerp in 1978 as an antiques business before setting up their own line of furniture. This might be why they have a longstanding thing for aged and imperfect materials; like worn vegetable tanned leather, unlacquered welded iron and massive slabs of noble wood. Each piece is hand finished with oil, wax or varnish giving it a rich texture.
Run by Geert Legein and Louis van Haesebrouck, the company has managed to keep a low profile; shying away from interviews and the limelight. Heerenhuis is just simply set on making contemporary furniture that celebrates imperfection and really keeps the focus on the details. Their Basic line is an easy collection of set sized furniture, but each piece you see can be completely made to measure too. And then there’s the Limited Editions, made from exotic materials such as Italian walnut, sequoia and even swamp poplar. For Heerenhuis, it’s all about using uncomplicated, non-perfect but good quality materials.
If you’ve ever been to The Loft, you may have noticed that Heerenhuis is present every single time. We have a deeply rooted love for natural materials. We like our stuff to be either carved out of wood, cut from leather, blown into glass or drummed into steel. So it’s no surprise that Heerenhuis has stuck with us since day one. Their Cargo chair is one of our favourite staple pieces. With a simple metal frame and two leather cushions, it might sound quite mundane. But when seen up close, the details of the material will blow you away. It’s this raw charisma that has kept Heerenhuis genuine for as long as they’ve been around.
And since what they do best is all about tables, we tend to keep a couple of those around too. From The Loft to our office headquarters, we find ourselves seated at Heerenhuis. The Nimbus is our easygoing side table, made from single slices of wood, set atop a thin round frame. While the Mesa is a sturdy coffee table upholstered in nothing but the finest leather that wears beautifully with time and use. When we’re in need of a good meeting, we prefer to sit around the Altar or gather for lunch around the Cross.
What we’re undoubtedly aware of is that Heerenhuis has become part of our very own design philosophy. If you’re curious to see their complete collection, visit our shop.
All pictures courtesy of Heerenhuis Manufactuur.
Words by Sara Martín Mazorra.