Thursday, October 25, 2012

Second life for old American barns in Europe

 

I have always been fascinated by the beautiful and authentic American barns. All around bloggerland I discovered the most beautiful images.

 

1. Providence LtdSource here

The grayed and red/brown aged wood reflects a long time farm activity and bearing of all weather conditions.

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I loved the images of the Winter Collection 2012 online catalogue of the Belgian brand Scapa Home, where a part of the photoshoot was taken in a barn. A wonderful location to present their winter collection. To discover the collection , click here.

2Source Scapa Home – Photo credit Arjan Benning

 

Today I am pleased and proud to tell you about a Belgian company that is importing old barn wood to Europe!

The Belgian Antoine Verhofstede, a man passionate about wood and experienced in the wood trade for more than 30 years, came up with the idea to give a new destination to the wood of old American barns!

He started to ship the best batches of old barn wood from the states to Belgium to give the wood a new destination. It meant the start of a new-born company, given the name EEUWENHOUT (literally translated in English : century-old wood).

This company is recycling old barn wood to re-use in European interiors.

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‘During a trip through the US, Antoine Verhofstede’s passion for wood leads him towards old and deserted barns and buildings. They stand ‘in the middle of nowhere’, as silent witnesses of past activity. They were once built from trees from the direct vicinity: various woods, mostly over a century old. Today they still defy weather and time, but they are deprived of their functionality. In places, these barns are dismantled, and the wood is reused by local farmers. This is where Antoine Verhofstede got his idea to give a new destination to the best batches of wood in exclusive European interiors. A perfect mix of quality, durability, ecology and aesthetics.’

(text website Eeuwenhout)

 

The unique dimensions and stability, together with the aged look of the barn planks and beams, ensure aesthetic pearls.

 

Here you can see different examples of how to integrate the old barn wood into your contemporary home.

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In this picture you can see the barn wood used for the facade construction of a chalet in Switzerland (realisation Galle Houtbewerking).15http://www.eeuwenhout.be

 

To see more of the use of old barn wood, please visit Eeuwenhout website :  http://www.eeuwenhout.be

For further information :

EEUWENHOUT

ANTOINE VERHOFSTEDE

Veldstraat 365
9140 Temse | Belgium
T +32 (0)3 710 66 40

 

Have a great weekend!

xx

Greet

 

All pictures source :

Eeuwenhout website : http://www.eeuwenhout.be/  &   Eeuwenhout facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/Eeuwenhout

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