Interior architect Frederic Kielemoes creates minimalist and subdued interiors that leave a powerful and warm impression. He does this by combining a well-thought-out play of lines with a rich choice of materials, subtle colour accents and an excellent eye for detail. His projects are internationally acclaimed and that is a real achievement for this West-Flemish one-man company. But just like his interiors, Kielemoes remains extremely sober under all this attention.
In their austerity his projects radiate refinement, luxury and a worldly class. It should then come as no surprise that he regularly gets international attention. We do wonder, however, why these minimalist, graphic spaces still look like warm environments in which it is undoubtedly pleasant to live or work. "The materialization makes a project cool or warm, not the form," Kielemoes tells us. "I use pure materials that evolve with the user. With strong lines and structures in a design, it is all the more important to pay the right attention to it.”
The projects show a well-thought out contrast between concrete, wood and marble. The interior architect may use accents such as copper lighting elements and taps, original patterns or remarkable textures to interrupt the neutral colour palette, but the whole remains in harmony. Everything is reduced to its essence. The peace and tranquillity that arise from this approach, create a refined feeling of homeliness.
"Everything started with the choice of a natural stone – Mystic Grey"
Project S in Dranouter is the most recent realisation of Kielemoes. It is again different from his previous projects, but it is also a beautiful example of what the interior architect stands for: essentialism, serenity, warmth and contrast. At the request of the client, everything was executed in grey tones and a graphic style prevails. Frederic Kielemoes took up the challenge to transform this idea into a warm and friendly harmony. He told us how he did it: "Everything started with the choice of a natural stone – Mystic Grey – which we then combined with different shades of lacquer work. The large areas in brushed larch are also coloured in different layers, resulting in many nuances. The taps also received a special treatment because they had to be warm grey as well.”
The house is located on the highest point of the village of Dranouter in West-Flanders and has enchanting, vast views. In fine weather, even the French city of Lille, about 30 kilometres away, can be spotted. To be able to enjoy the surroundings to the fullest, the client chose to live mainly on the first floor. "It is therefore furnished as an open structure allowing the full height down to the ridge of the roof to be seen," explains Kielemoes. Equipped with an entrance hall, open kitchen, living area with spacious roof terrace, dressing room, bedroom and bathroom. The latter two are ingeniously separated from each other – or better: linked to each other – thanks to the pivoting glass door with a wooden frame. The whole exudes simplicity and tranquillity, but at the same time warmth and cosiness. And all this despite the monotonous colour palette. A perfect example of the talent and vision of Frederic Kielemoes!