ITEMS & INTERIORS

By Bea Mombaers

Photographed by Raf Maes

Two words that sum up the life of interior stylist Bea Mombaers. They exemplify how the foundation of Bea’s world is formed by her innate fascination for things with a past life, for objects that tell an extraordinary story, combined with an unsurpassed sense of how to create a unique atmosphere. 

Don’t ask Bea to define her style: she lets her interiors speak for themselves. No detail is too trivial, there’s never too much or too little. Pure, but always with a certain edginess. Refined, but never blasé. Timeless, but always up to date. An eternal quest for perfect imperfection.

 

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Over the past three decades Bea Mombaers has blossomed from a passionate collector into a reputable name in the international art and design scene. From the start, her lifestyle boutique in Knokke, ‘Items’ was the place to be for rare collector’s items, original works of art, vintage furniture and a selection of exclusive homeware articles.

Today, she still wakes up every morning with a curious longing for what the day will bring. Everywhere she goes, she comes across something she has to buy.

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What Bea loves most is travelling all over the world like a modern nomad, in search of authentic items, up-and coming artists, interesting collaborations and inspiring locations to spice up her interiors. 

Add to this insatiable hunger for collecting the uncontrollable urge to decorate spaces and you’ll get an idea of how busy things are inside in this artist’s head. Her interiors are an extension of her personality. Nothing is left to chance in Bea’s world.

Add to this insatiable hunger for collecting the uncontrollable urge to decorate spaces and you’ll get an idea of how busy things are inside in this artist’s head.

Bea Mombaers embodies an art de vivre that organically permeates every aspect of her existence. From her personalised interiors and the projects she creates together with architect Peter Ivens to her new book ‘Items & Interiors’, just everything in Bea’s life is the consequence of a coincidence. Everything at the right time, in the right place, with the right people.

Together with photographer Raf Maes and designer Geoffrey Brusatto, she spent the past two years travelling through her own universe. They visited homes both in Belgium and abroad and made beautiful images of the interiors that Bea has put together, but also of intriguing details, beautiful still lifes and objects that tell a story that she loves.

The result is a beautiful book in which the images are arranged according to the different moments in a day.

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