Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes


Places & Faces

The Jane, Antwerp

Designed within an intriguing building, The Jane Restaurant is revelling as a fine dining destination in Antwerp, Belgium, not yet a year old.

Housed in a former military hospital, The Jane exudes the aura of a scared place, silencing an eerie darkness with impressive grandeur and ambient divinity. The location is former-industrial, now drawing respect as a trendy locale.

I am yet to visit but it’s on the list for 2015/16. I am told the menu by esteemed chef Sergio Herman and right hand man Nick Bril make this a dinner spot worthy of a trip to Antwerp alone.

Dutch architectural firm Piet Boon has given new life to the building with an impressive fit out that adds spunk with heritage. It’s impossible to know where to look first.

A delightfully imposing chandelier by Lebanon based design company PSlab is central to the scheme. The interior respects tradition with a decaying ceiling and balances, scale and space with large arches and windows.

Despite an obvious nod to its heritage, The Jane is chic and sensual and undeniably unique.

Anthony Spon-Smith

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