Studio Khachatryan and Harlan Levey Projects open art and design space in Brussels

Designer Noro Khachatryan unveils his new Brussels studio space, a shared space that serve as a blank canvas to display his furniture pieces as well as art exhibitions curated by local gallery Harlan Levey Projects

Interior view of the minimalist Studio Khachatryan featuring white walls, black pillars, large black table and brown chairs
The minimalist interior of Studio Khachatryan’s new Brussels space, featuring stone tiled floor and all-white walls. The building is a studio as well as an exhibition space for the designer and for local art gallery Harlan Levey Projects
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Two years in the making, the new Brussels studio of designer Noro Khachatryan opens with a minimalist interior conceived to showcase art and design pieces, at the same time serving as a functional workshop space. The studio is set within a 19th-century industrial building in Brussels’ Molenbeek neighbourhood, and its two floors will host work and exhibition spaces for both Studio Khachatryan and local gallery Harlan Levey Projects, acting as a multidisciplinary ‘cultural hub’ merging art and design.

Khachatryan founded the eponymous studio in 2010, working between furniture design, objects and architecture. Inspired by classical architecture, in a decade of design work through his studio he has developed an essential visual language based on simple geometries and rich material palettes. On the other hand, Harlan Levey has run his eponymous art exhibition space in nearby Ixelles since 2012, and with this new space, the gallery will focus on expanding its scope with a mix of art, design and creative labs, ‘to create interesting ideas and outcomes for the now and for the future.’ The centre of a new creative hub in Brussels, the art and design space's neighbours include artists Emmanuel Van der Auwera (whose studio is located in the same building), Marcin Dudek, Amélie Bouvier and Sean Crossley.

The angular black steel staircase connecting the ground and first floors of Studio Khachatryan's new all-white Brussels space

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Brass and stone stools by Studio Khachatryan, on display in the new Brussels space

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‘The location and history of the building were both great inspirations,’ says Armenian-born Khachatryan, who led the interior design project with his team. ‘I think it’s important to listen to and respect a structure when amending it. Over the years, the building had been used as a depot for beer and shoes and even as a mosque. At times I imagine many people working there; at others, silence and storage. It felt important to leave some of these traces present, and a few elements of the original bricks and beams were left visible.’

The space is designed to honour both approaches, and its interiors are an upgrade to the traditional white box concept. While the colour and material palette of the space has been kept to a minimum with white walls and ceilings, details such as the stone tiled flooring and an angular black steel staircase connecting the two floors bring the minimalist interiors to life. The building is accessed by a small courtyard, which, the designer explains, ‘provides the ability to create a sort of organised urban feeling, a passage between the chaotic city and the contemplative practices hiding behind it'.

The space's inaugural display includes a solo show of artist Marcin Dudek by Harlan Levey Projects, while Studio Khachatryan offers a panoramic view of its decade of projects, with some early works as well as more recent collections of furniture.

Large art piece made from dark fabric against white walls on the ground floor - by artist Marcin Dudek

Works by artist Marcin Dudek are on display on the ground floor, which was taken over by local gallery Harlan Levey Projects

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Interior view of the upstairs gallery featuring white walls, black pillars, stone tiles and Studio Khachatryan's works

The upstairs gallery and workspace by Studio Khachatryan features minimal interventions on the existing architecture and interiors

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Interior view of the upstairs studio space featuring white painted brick walls, stone tiles, glass partitions and storage space for the designer's archives

The workspace upstairs is divided by a glass partition

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Studio Khachatryan's works on display against a white wall and stone tiled floor - works include dark, patinated bronze candleholders, aluminium chair and post-shaped onyx coffee table

Works by Studio Khachatryan on display in the space include, from left, the ‘Jag’ candleholders in solid bronze, ‘Post’ coffee table in white onyx and the ‘c.19.1’ chair in solid aluminium

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Alternative view of Studio Khachatryan's works on display against a white wall and stone tiled floor - works include dark, patinated bronze candleholders, aluminium desk and chair and onyx coffee table

An overview of works by Studio Khachatryan. Visible at the far end of the space is the ‘n7’ table, crafted from a single piece of folded and welded aluminium and one of Khachatryan’s early works

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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.