Etre Moderne offers a carefully and personal selection of furniture, objects and lighting, available for purchase and hire. We have a particular affinity for functional sculptures​​​​​​​, mostly with a strong geometric and poetic aesthetic. While our main focus is on designs from the 1980s and 1990s,​​​​​​​ we also appreciate other stylistic eras such as Art Deco.

Established by Philippe Vermeersch & Caroline Gielen. Our style is no-nonsense, straightforward & unpretentious. At first sight simple, but sophisticated in detail. Different materials and techniques are like a common thread through the designs. We produce local (Belgium), becauce we want that the little amount of craftsmen we have, still have a future. We appreciate very much their expertise and we like to discuss with them to achieve the best results. Our intention is to make quality objects for life (and beyond). Therefore we are rather reluctant to produce a lot of designs.

Philippe Vermeersch Before establishing his own practice in Hasselt, Philippe worked for 15 years as a product designer for architect Bart Lens, managing his product design projects as well as designing graphics and scenography. Since 2018 part-time working as productdesigner & developper for the Belgian lighting company Eden Design. And now sharing also his passion for vintage design items with a wider audience.
Caroline Gielen joins Etre Moderne as partner in crime. Along her job as teacher, she supports the concept & design process. The ceramic objects are artisanal made by Caroline.


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