The Belgian fashion designer will be advising Bulo on colour and choice of materials in new and existing furniture collections. According to Bulo Creative Director Jan Aerts, “the collaboration is a perfect fit in Bulo’s philosophy that furniture should not only meet purely functional needs, but that elements such as tactility, comfort and the materials used are equally important factors.” The first collections are expected in December 2013.
Ms Branquinho took her design diploma at the Antwerp Fashion Academy. In 1997, she designed her first women’s collection and she presented her first défilé in the following season. The first men’s collection followed in 2003 and she opened the doors to her first store in Antwerp in the same year. From 2009 to 2011, Ms Branquinho was Artistic Director for Delvaux. Since 2012, she is also involved in new projects where she can concentrate on the creative elements. The Veronique Branquinho brand continues to do well internationally.
Bulo, which has celebrated its 50th year in business, is concentrating even more on creativity and craftsmanship. In its premises along the E19 motorway, the workshops and showrooms were recently converted into a veritable ‘Workplace’, to provide a place of inspiration and exploration of working environments. The link with manufacturing is not far off: furniture is made with passion and skill in the nearby veneer and custom workshop. Manteau Publishers will be issuing a book about Bulo in October 2013.
Bulo. Furniture for work. Sustainably designed and manufactured in Mechelen.