Designer Raf Simons’ Home in Belgium
An amazing home is the pinnacle of success around the world. Influential designer Raf Simmons recently open his Belgium home to the Wall Street Journal. Simmons is the man behind the design of the Jil Sander brands and an additional brand named after himself. Built in 1968, the two-story, open-floor-plan apartment apartment has a wenge-wood floating staircase, built-in cabinets and floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass windows.
[box bg="#f5f5f5" color="#212121]Six years ago, the 43-year-old Belgian went from being the under-the-radar, trend-driving menswear designer of Raf Simons to the top man at Jil Sander. With that coveted post, which includes overseeing men's and women's wear, has come much critical praise—particularly for exploring minimalism through proportion and color in women's wear—and countless opportunities. But Simons remains notoriously private. Quiet and sensitive, he lives alone in Antwerp, preferring the gentle lull of that city to the hardworking buzz of Milan, where he is obligated to spend almost 110 days a year for Jil Sander. He does not attend the high-flying black-tie affairs that are standard for so many of his peers. And he rarely allows himself to be photographed. "I'm not so rock and roll," he says, jokingly. "I'm more techno." In more ways than one, his art-filled apartment has become his sanctuary.[/box]
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