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Jules Wabbes

Jules Wabbes, born in Brussels in 1919 and died of cancer at the age of 54. Jules was a Belgian furniture designer and interior architect.  Wabbes began his autodidact career as an antiques and decoration dealer in Brussels. Very soon he combined this with interior architecture and restoration. Encouraged by his artistic friends, he started to design and create functional furniture.

He is known above all for his office furniture, with which he fitted out the offices of Glaverbel, Royale Belge, and Foncolin. Wabbes was awarded several prizes, notably at the Milan triennal fair which led to higher demand of furniture. He started his own company 1957 to oblige: Le Mobilier Universel.

He was considered one of the leading Belgian furniture designers of the postwar period, but remained largely unknown to the general public. All his works is based on the expression of pure quality with excellent material (plain wood, metal).

 

He is somewhat rediscovered in the past years, and his furniture is now amongst the most desired and sought-after in the whole of Belgium.

“You are only innovative if you create something new or add a technical invention”

-Jules Wabbes-