More than three years ago, Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and chef Nick Bril had the idea for their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” restaurant, and with design studio Piet Boon, have now transformed the former chapel of a military hospital into The Jane, Antwerp.
Piet Boon Studio were responsible for the interior design and styling of the restaurant, and have overseen the chapel’s transformation into a high end restaurant with international allure.
In keeping with the Studio’s approach to ‘authenticity, functionality and materials that ‘age beautifully’’, restoration was only carried out on the areas of the chapel that really needed it, and everything else was preserved in its original form.
The original ceiling remains, while the original altar was converted to the kitchen – surrounded by glass, so that customers can observe the creation of the menu. Materials used in the interior of The Jane include natural stone, leather and oak, and as with a number of their previous projects, Piet Boon collaborated with other creative partners to complete and enhance the restaurant.
Amongst the partners who contributed to The Jane are Studio Job, Mathieu Nab, .PSLAB and SERAX. Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job designed the windows consisting of 500 unique panels. “Inspired by the chapel’s original function, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls, babies, Jesus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a cannon, croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes portray a contemporary translation of the old stained-glass windows.”
Beirut-based studio .PSLAB created the pièce de résistance – an enormous chandelier with more than 150 lights, and weighing over 800 kg; whilst Piet Boon worked with Belgian decorative design company SERAX to create bone porcelain tableware specifically for use in The Jane’s Upper Room Bar.
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