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Le Pristine Restaurant Evokes Moody Opulence in Antwerp

April 6, 2021


Even in its stripped-down form—black steel, unpolished concrete, fragments of brick—the 1960s modernist building now housing Le Pristine on its ground floor possessed a sacred air, says Signe Bindslev Henriksen, cofounder of design studio Space Copenhagen. “It had proportions like a church, and the surfaces were incredibly beautiful even though we hadn’t done anything to them.”

Intrigued by this spiritual nature and the “brutality of the place as it appeared without anything in it,” says partner Peter Bundgaard Rützou, the duo preserved some of these raw elements inside the new Antwerp, Belgium restaurant from celebrated chef Sergio Herman, in partnership with Verso.

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