Commerce Design Award: LA LIBRAIRIE CANDIDE

June 9th, 2011 by retail design blog

Architect: Lhoas Lhoas
Merchant: Eric Haegelsteen & Pierre Mendrowski
Type: bookshop
Address: place Brugmann 2-3 – Brussels
District: Ixelles

The main goal of this project was to renew the bookshop without alienating its vast and loyal customer base. Concretely, the space needed to become lighter, more functional and less crowded without taking away the cosy atmoshpere. As a consequence, the transformation by Lhoas Lhoas has been installed by adapting small elements. All possible walls were torn down and a mezzanine was added in between the ground and first floor. The minimalist furniture was made-to-measure in rustic wood and contrasts with the details in bright yellow.

The Commerce Design Award has been launched in Montreal (Canada) in 1995 in order to stimulate local merchants to invest in the furnishing of their commercial spaces with the assistance of a qualified professional. The initiative spread immediately to cities all over the world (Saint-Etienne, Marseille, Lyon, Nantes, Luxemburg, Eindhoven, …) among which our own capital that celebrates this year the second edition of the Commerce Design Brussels competition, coordinated by Pro Materia and Design September (with the support of the City of Montreal, Brussels Capital Region, Atrium, Brussels Louise and institutional and private partners).

Organisation :
Pro Materia asbl & Design September
Lise Coirier, director Pro Materia –
Jean de Gheldere, director Design September –
For more info :
Jasmijn Verlinden – project coordinator :
+32 2 768 25 10

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