Paulus brooch, 2010
Platinum outer, aluminium inner
Dimensions: Â various sizes, +/- 10cm long
Photograph Courtesy of: Rob Versluys
Caroline Van Hoek presenting Ruudt Peters
You said groceries?! Hidden in the midst of the contemporary art gallery district in Brussels, you will find a place that used to be a small grocery store packed from top to bottom with goodies. In the past, a very sweet Turkish man, Mr. Er, would help customers pick the best tomatoes or keep a fresh arrival at the back. Today, the store's façade is still exactly the same, but the interior has been harmoniously transformed by Glenn Sestig Architects, full of lavish suede drawers hiding little delicacies. Caroline Van Hoek is now the one who helps you pick the nicest creations from her choice of artists. The specialties of the house are wood, leather, ceramics, bone, textile, and corian, with a dash of gold or silver and a sparkle of precious stones, combined with fine seasonal ingredients. Some pieces are for every day taste, like big juicy energizing oranges! Others are for a very special occasion like delicate truffles. The rest are just for the pleasure of the eyes, like colorful exotic fruit. In any case, forget minimalistic, think fantastic, and enter the most jewelicious grocery store in the world!