Text: Micha van Dinther
On a slightly overcast day in May, a vintage Volkwagen Camper turned into our driveway. Exiting the cool vehicle with photo equipment, we shook hands with Flemish architecture photographer Piet-Albert Goethals. Not far behind him was his wife, designer, stylist and writer Jessy Van Durme, and their young son Ivar.
This was an encounter we had been looking forward to. Ever since Goethals’s first introductory mail in February, we had felt a strong kinship with Goethals and Van Durme’s way of live – the two, just like us, are both life and business partners.
The young family were on an adventurous and ambitious road trip of Scandinavia, which was to include camping in the Swedish forests as well as urban living in Copenhagen. We were thrilled that the itinerary included the tiny country village of Hunnestad, where we are based.
The day was a meeting of minds. Not only did we share a love for aesthetics, but also an outlook on life and creativity, which we got to delve into over a shared meal at the kitchen table. Another intriguing insight was their fascination of Scandinavian design – which was reciprocated with our strong love for everything Flemish. Here’s an excerpt from Van Durme’s text in Belgian interior magazine Nest:
“Micha and Magnus manage to merge the here and now with the past. After long journeys, it is wonderful to return home to the peace and quiet, a place where they can let their creative souls come to life. This is it – life as it should be … “
Watch this duo – it is going places.