Dear readers, I am aware that a lot amongst you do know yet the wonderful publications of our Belgian publisher Beta-Plus.
Although today I wanted to write a special post about these publications to introduce my new readers to this resource, which is of an inestimable value, for all your architectural and interior design.
As my followers do know, in a lot of my earlier posts, I used several images of these publications and linked back to Beta-Plus (my apologies to Beta-Plus for any forgotten mentions or links, which I didn’t mean to omit on any purpose) in order to introduce the world to the characteristics of the Belgian architectural and interior design.
A few days ago, I received an email of the owner of Beta-Plus publishing, mentioning to me that I used too much of the Beta-Plus pictures on my blog. Although I always tried to mention the source of a picture, it seemed that I took a lot of pictures of websites which include the Beta-Plus publications’ pictures!
I really want to apologize to Beta-Plus publishing for this!! It was never my purpose to cause problems of any kind.
So in huge respect for Wim Pauwels, the owner of BETA-PLUS publishing, and for the amazing research he has done in all these passed years, it is my duty to write a special post dedicated to his inspirational books.
With an enormous respect for our Belgian ancestors, Wim Pauwels has performed a lot of research to publish about our today’s craftsmen and their projects, so that all of the publications became reference books of our cultural history and tradition. I am sure that in future they will be of a huge importance to our children and grand-children in order to go on in that same way and tradition of our ancestors.
I share with you today some of my favorite publications, which were a very important source, writing my earlier blogposts.
This publication emphasizes the traditional craftsmanship in our modern, high-tech society, and shows us realisations with construction materials and pieces from the past, being reclaimed, restored and reintegrated into properties.
BUILDING WITH RECLAIMED MATERIALS
COMPENDIUM ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES
Wonderful sources of reclaimed materials.
Restored country houses as new-built projects, integrated into the country landscape.
All aspects of country living are given a chance in this publication : from the restoration of the house and the selection of materials to the interior design and the landscaping of the garden.
LIVING WITH WOOD
This book features inspiring examples of using wood in architectural projects and interiors. Homes constructed out of wood and also traditional brick buildings where wood occupies a prominent position inside the house.
COMPENDIUM CLASSIC LIVING
Classic living in all its aspects : from a farm house to a stately home, from a country estate to an apartment.
The kitchen has become one of the most important places in the home, it is not only the cooking area, but it is also used for many other activities as eating, working, receiving guests,…
In these 2 (and even in other publications about kitchens – see Beta-Plus website), you will find plenty of inspiration for your dream kitchen.
HANDMADE, A PASSION FOR CRAFTSMANSHIP
This book presents 20 selected craftspeople. They all argue for a recovery of our traditional cultural heritage of crafts.
CONTEMPORARY LIVING WITH ANTIQUES
This book presents recently constructed or restored homes where interior designers or antiques dealers show an eclectic whole of old and new.
This is a picture of my living room published in Contemporary Living With Antiques.
I am very proud to mention that my home is featured in this publication.
Discover the entire publication of my home HERE.
Besides of the thematic series, Beta-Plus publishing offers a wide range of other publications as the yearbooks about Architecture and Interiors, as this one here :
TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIORS – YEARBOOK 2011
These yearbooks include beautiful realisations shown by renowned architects and interior designers.
To discover more about the wide range of BETA-PLUS publications, or to see some book previews, please visit the BETA-PLUS publishing website : www.betaplus.com.
To order your favorite publications, click HERE.
MY BOOK GIVE-AWAY
Grab your chance and go over to the BETA-PLUS website HERE.
All you have to do is : take a look at the preview of ONE OF THE 4 NEWEST PUBLICATIONS
- BEST OF 500 CONTEMPORARY INTERIORS
-BEST OF 500 TIMELESS INTERIORS
And let me know, by commenting this post of BETA PLUS, which of these 4 books is your favorite.
You can leave your comment until Friday 25th of February, midnight central european time.
The random chosen winner will be announced on Saturday the 26th of February.
Good luck to you all!
All images of this post are of the Beta-Plus website www.betaplus.com and posted with the permission of Beta-Plus publishing.