From the outside, this interbellum weekend getaway is entirely characteristic of Knokke: a white façade in Normandy style, red tile roof, bow windows. The interior is anything but average, however. Voorjans took a dramatic departure from the typical Belgian straitjacket of interiors in beige, taupe and whitewash. He opted for an exuberant mixture of Italian glam and cosmopolitan allure, even adding a jazzy twist here and there. ‘I wanted to evoke the atmosphere of a little Italian family hotel. This interior would be equally appropriate in a manor house owned by a Tuscan nobleman. As far as I’m concerned, you don’t have to feel the sea’s proximity in here, as long as the interior radiates sophisticated luxury: an inviting spot for a holiday weekend,’ he explains.
Photography: Tim Van de Velde | Text: Gert Voorjans & Thijs Demeulemeester