Kerstens was founded in 2015 and is based in Antwerp. Kerstens is a multidisciplinary design studio with a clear vision of architecture, interior design, and furniture design. The focus is on total projects in which an affinity for craftsmanship, detail, and atmosphere are essential. This applies both to the residential market and to catering and retail projects.
Our vision on interior is to create an atmospheric quality within a refined architectural design language. We strive for simplicity, a timeless, minimal design combined with rich, natural materials for a warm and sober look. The atmosphere created by a dialogue between unique objects, intriguing art, and tactile materialization results in contrast to a larger architectural whole and leads to a deeper emotion. Craftsmanship and sustainability are inextricably linked and form the basis of a project. Our work exudes a certain serenity, resulting from a monochrome and timeless signature, combined with a touch of understated luxury.
Each assignment is unique and analyzed extensively to obtain a balanced basis for the concept and its further elaboration. Research into the program, use, context, layout and proportion, light and space, materialization, and budget are an important part of the process. A project is a combination of wishes, ideas, and designs in which we work in a detailed manner and on various scales. The interior is the extension of our senses and actions and is central to daily life. The personal interpretation and perception of the user, therefore, form a guideline throughout our process. Designing the smallest details is crucial to achieving a total design, whereby the mutual relationship of all elements is enhanced by one idea, concept, and design.
Andy Kerstens graduated in 2015 as a Master of Science in Interior Architecture (cum laude) at the University of Antwerp. With the preparatory trajectory, in 2013 he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at the Thomas More College in Mechelen. Freelance interior designer at Dieter Vander Velpen Architects and previoulsy at De Meester Vliegen Architects.
Photo by Naomi Smet.