The maverick designer Lionel Jadot grew up in an environment of makers, with the smell of wood shavings and the sound of tools shaping wood; his ancestors — the Brussels-based Vanhamme family — had owned and managed a chair and sofa making business for five generations. “My playground was one huge workshop where more than thirty artisans would be working at one time,” he said. “I would pick up scraps from the floor and think about what I could make with them. If I needed something I would go to the workshop and make it.” In fact, his parent's rule “If you want something, build it yourself” would prove to be life defining.
“Curating the right mix of people created good energy from the beginning.”
The jury presents the Company Gold Award to Zaventem Ateliers because of its connecting character and impact on the design world. The company, run by Lionel Jadot, acts as a collective, bringing together the design community and creating opportunities for designers. In other words, Zaventem Ateliers goes far beyond renting out studios. It establishes an ecosystem and does 'business' in a different way, by collaborating and sharing.
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