Interiors are the stuff that dreams are made of. It’s part of what draws us towards the beauty found in books, magazines, and publications such as this one.
We yearn for discovery. To see things anew with a discerning eye while falling in love with the work of visual artists, architects, designers, and decorators. Part of what it means to be aesthetically swept away is to find joy hidden in the curiosity of seeing how other people live and how talented creatives create their work. In the case of Bea Mombaers, interiors literally are the stuff of dreams.
“I go to bed thinking about furniture — about art and objects. They appear in my dreams. They’re also the first things that I think about when I wake up. It’s been the passion of my life and what makes me happy.”
This innocent yet passionate approach to the real and imagined — and everything in between — is reminiscent of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who studied the laws of the cosmos in search of harmony and concluded that the defining law of our vast world is change. “Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing the pieces, possess the power…”
When asked about the origins of her career, Mombaers says, “I guess you could say it was in my childhood. I constantly changed the decoration of my room, moving the furniture around. I wanted to see how things worked. Then I began to buy things. I loved visiting flea markets and out-of-the-way places looking for interesting things. And then one day, I said, ‘I want to sell some things.’ That was the start.”
It’s this intriguing mix of serendipity and casual confidence that defines her work. A design journey that’s constantly growing and evolving.
Within Mombaers’ interiors, there’s an eclectic, personal mix of vintage and design pieces, alongside unique objects that are a testament to her roving eye and passion for discovery.
“I love to visit new places. The destinations I like most in the world are those that combine architecture and culture in inspiring ways. South America. Brazil. Columbia. Mexico. I was in the south of France in Arles recently and it was fascinating. Even going back to places you’ve been before and seeing things with fresh eyes is what travel is all about.”