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The house of Léon Stynen

Architecture Living

Magda de Meester and her husband Paul Clerinx live with their two children in the private house of the architect Léon Stynen (1899-1990). Built in 1933, the modernist house is located in the Expo district (Antwerp), where the Antwerp World Fair was held in 1930. Stynen lived in the house until his death. The Clerinx Family are the second owner since then: "It's a house with a soul. It has wonderful light and beautiful proportions." The entire house has been decorated with the utmost care and furnished mainly with vintage pieces from the 1950s to recreate the original atmosphere of the house.

The cupboard in the work space on the ground floor (picture above), where Léon Stynen had his office, was painted white in the 1950s. Magda and Paul removed the paint from the original teak finish and restored the chest to its original 1930s appearance.

In the living room on the first floor (picture above), the lower half of a wall is covered with travertine. The upper half was repainted in the original blue tone. On the wall opposite is a framed silk print with a design by Mondrian. The Bambole chairs were designed by Mario Bellini in 1972.

Photography: Diane Hendrikx
More picture and the whole story in the book 'Living in Antwerp'