6th September 2013 Eyestylist continues the series on Eyewear Artisans and Architecture with Wim Somers, founder of theo eyewear, who reveals the structure he likes best in Antwerp.
What is this your favourite building? “My favourite building in Antwerp is just ‘around the corner’ from the theo office – Huis Van Roosmalen. It really stands out with its black-white striped façade. And it resembles a bridge of a ship. At the time it was built, this was quite different!”
Who designed the building? The Huis Van Roosmalen was built in the 1980’s and designed by architect bOb Van Reeth. The owner was an interior designer and he, and his wife, liked the black-white pattern of the cathedral of Siena very much. So they decided to use this banded pattern as well. But the house also has an important symbolic value. It was the beginning of the upgrading of the entire neighbourhood – someone always has to take the first step!”
Does this structure influence your designs – and why? “Like our designs, the Van Roosmalen house is also an eye catcher. I like bOb’s work because for me he’s a true visionairy. Theo also never looks backwards but always to the future. We are looking for the next big thing. And with our designs we also want to surprise people. Theo loves to make people happy – and the Huis Van Roosmalen makes me happy! Did you know that bOb always wears round glasses? Another thing we have in common! And at one time we really got swept away and we designed a pair based on this house. A round one of course! But it was for charity, so only one pair was made. We liked it so much that we bought it ourselves – so we can look at it every day!” www.theo.be JG