The Designer’s Desk: Inge Onsea of Essentiel Antwerp

March 20, 2014

When we first caught a glimpse of Essentiel Antwerp’s collection, we thought, This must be a lively bunch. Their use of colorful patterns (feathers!), shiny embellishments (sequins!) and unique fabrics (neoprene!) gave us an instant jolt of happy. When Inge Onsea, Essentiel Antwerp’s co-founder and designer, gave us a tour of her office inwhere else?Antwerp, Belgium, our hunch was confirmed. A cacophony of color and pattern, this isn’t exactly what one might call an understated workspaceamplified is more apt. But at the onset of spring, after an especially grey and trying winter, amplified is right up our alley.

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On details making a room. I love the stories behind a lot of these pieces. The carpet was in the Chinese Pavilion at the Word Expo in ’58 in Brussels. The porcelain stools were used in China as little stoves; they put hot coals in them in winter, so you could sit on them to warm up. There is a big shiny ball above my mirror called a heksenbal, which translates to ˜witches ball.’ They were used in houses in the Middle Ages; when you look at the ball, you see all corners of the room. This comes in handy now as wellnothing escapes my eye!

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On jewelry as décor. The necklace on the poster is Essentiel, from last summer’s collection. I keep it close by because sometimes I have to do an interview or meet clients, and I can put this on and feel instantly glammed up. The earrings and bracelet on the little statue are from my holidays in Greece.

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On going green.‚ “The green walls were something I didn’t really think about. I am attracted to bright colors in general, and I thought the contrast of the green with the classical features of the room would make an interesting clash!

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On collecting or not. “These are the only two cat statues I have. I like to think they protect me. Actually, I am not into collecting. I am drawn to so many things that it would be too much work to collect all of what interests me. I guess the only thing I truly collect are shoes!

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On getting moody. These are the mood boards for Spring-Summer 2015. I make mood boards all the time¦I find it very necessary. With a mood board, I can directly see the general idea and quickly get back in the vibe of a particular collection.

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On saving face. The man with the sunglasses is Charles Tennant, photographed in ’79 by Robert Mapplethorpe. This was an invitation by a gallery, but I kept it because I loved the atmosphere of the photohe has a cool look. The book is calledThe Age Of Collage. When I’m working heavily on collections, sometimes it is nice to just open a book and get fresh inspiration!

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