AT WORK WITH: Maniera GalleryAnna Winston meets the curator couple pushing architects outside their comfort zone.

AT WORK WITH: Maniera GalleryAnna Winston meets the curator couple pushing architects outside their comfort zone.

  • Photography Martina Bjorn

“It is, how do you call it… a graveyard. Everything that went wrong ends up here.” 

As graveyards go, the home of Amaryllis Jacobs and Kwinten Lavigne is surprisingly high up and sun-filled. Their apartment—also home to their daughter and two cats—is far from the pristine, high-design showroom that might be expected of the founders of Maniera, the Brussels gallery that has forged an unusual and much-admired path through the collectible design market over the last seven years.

Since launching in 2014, Maniera has distinguished itself by commissioning new furniture and homeware from individuals or practices who have never made this type of object before—initially architects, but also artists and other designers in recent years. Bijoy Jain, Anne Holtrop and Bernard Dubois numb...

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