Creation 11/14

Set of prototypes ‘4 of a kind’

A set of 4 prototypes, all variations on the same concept. Developed and produced during a residency in Belgium. All chairs share the same grid, a grid that can be used in endless variations, independently from the materials used.

Creation 08/31

Prototype HKI chair

Already since the seventies, Enzo Mari was working on the concept of DIY-design with the publication of Autoprogettazione. With this HKI chair, I give this concept an update tho create an awareness of design, environment and durability. This chair is designed and produced during a stay in Helsinki, with found materials only.


Blog 03/19


A Modern View takes part in arts festival TUMULT#2 in Ghent, Belgium. Click here to download the program:

Restoration 01/28

Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand kitchen

This kitchen was designed around 1949 by Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand for the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille. A unique piece that has been in use for over 60 years. An amazing project that will require a great deal of research! More info and pictures will be published as the project moves along.


Restoration 01/14

Thonet + Kohn

In this set of four chairs the process of restoration is shown in the finishing, done in shellac, a traditional technique. As well in the seating: the woven seat is replaced by laser engraved ones, showing the original pattern.

Restoration 01/07

Charles and Ray Eames: Lounge chair

This iconic lounge chair suffered from the typical weakness in the design: the whole backrest is only supported by two rubber shockmounts in the armrests. Over the years, the rubber becomes hard and brittle and eventually it breaks. Or even worse; like in this case, the plywood cracks. It’s a very common problem with these old chairs, so we took this as a challenge to find a solution.


Research 09/07

Wood laser engraving

Laser engraving experiments on beech plywood.

Restoration 08/05

In-shop-restoration for Artek 2nd Cycle, Helsinki

A Modern View was commissioned to restore a unique version of Alvar Aalto’s H94 dining table in Helsinki, Finland. Artek 2nd Cycle is Artek’s own vintage gallery, conceived to praise authentic Finnish design and honour the importance of originality. Definitely worth a visit when you’re in Helsinki!

Restoration 05/17

Charles and Ray Eames: La Chaise

This chair has fallen and shows two big cracks. Cracks will be repaired and a new finish will be applied according Vitra specifications. Client: Vitra Belgium / Vitra Point More info on this chair:


Restoration 04/30

A Modern View goes international!

A Modern View has been commissioned to restore some wonderful vintage design in Helsinki, Finland: Alvar Aalto, Olof Ottelin and more!

Restoration 04/30

Teak veneer restoration

Japanese Series coffee table, Cees Braakman for Pastoe. Veneer restoration and new oil/varnish finish.


Blog 04/29

Pirkka chair, summer 2012

A Tapiovaara Pirkka chair in its natural habitat; a Finnish summer cottage by the lake.

Kwintessens magazine

Blog 04/22

A Modern View featured in Kwintessens magazine

Kwintessens is a quarterly magazine about Flemish design and fashion. Photo by Sarah Eechaut.

Blog 04/19

The ones that got away

Interesting read on Finnish design ending up in Tokyo and elsewhere:


Blog 04/01

April reading list

Restoration 03/25

Before & after

Repair of a broken leg.

Restoration 03/19

Ercol dining table

Restoration of an Ercol round drop leaf dining table. Designed by Lucien Ercolini. New oil finish.


Restoration 03/14

Wim Rietveld Pyramide chairs

Restoration of ten Pyramide chairs. Designed by Wim Rietveld in 1960 for De Cirkel, Amsterdam.

Blog 03/12

Gerrit Rietveld, 1937

“It’s hard to say what value an object eventually gets”

Restoration 03/10

Danish dining table: Severin Hansen Jr.

Restoration of a rare danish dining table: Severin Hansen Jr. for Haslev Møbelsnedskeri, 1962. Photos by Sarah Eechaut.


Research 02/21

Zig-Zag chair, Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, 1932-34

This chair was constructed with the help of the book ‘How to construct Rietveld Furniture’. In constructing Rietveld’s furniture, one moves through the proportions, stability and joining techniques to the sculptural qualities. Understanding a design by re-creating it.


Blog 10/27

Marcel Breuer for Isokon

Marcel Breuer plywood nesting tables from the 1930s. Currently for sale at Stockholm based gallery Jackson Design. Great selection of carefully chosen pieces!

Restoration 10/17

Rosewood veneered tabletop

Rosewood veneered tabletop restoration + new oil finish.


Restoration 09/22

Thonet #14 chairs

Thonet #14 with new seating, shellac finish & lots of love. The #14 chair is widely regarded as a design classic. It earned a gold medal when it was shown at the ‘Exposition Universelle de 1867’ in Paris (wiki).


Blog 09/18

Ilmari Tapiovaara

“Only the simplest is best. Take away all that is unnecessary, develop the plasticity”


Restoration 08/30

Ready for Milano

Restoration of two kitchen chairs.

Research 07/28

Alvar Aalto Studio & House visit, 2012

The house was designed in 1934 as both a family home and an office and these two functions can clearly be seen from the outside. It is a cosy, intimate building for living and working, designed by two architects for themselves, using simple uncluttered materials.