Jules Wabbes

Born in 1919, Jules Wabbes is an icon of Belgian design of the 50s through the 70s. Initially an antiques dealer and decorator, he opened a design office for architecture and industrial design in 1950.

Wabbes quickly became known for his sensual use of the very best materials. He launched a series of office furniture crafted from pear, walnut and cherry-wood, where the wood was precision-cut and glued into woodblock panels, creating a mosaic of richly textured grain.

Wabbes liked the construction of his designs to be visible, and did not believe in hiding supporting structure or joints. This is the foundation of his designs of simple form and timeless elegance.

Wabbes also designed the interior for several Sabena aircrafts. A series of interior design commissions followed soon after, including the International Science hall at the Brussels Universal Exhibition, the Royal couple’s apartment on board the marine ship Godetia and the offices of the Crédit Communal or the Générale de Banque. In 1957, he won the Silver medal at the Milan Triennial Exhibition.