Take a book, return a book. The concept is as simple as that. Economical & ecological!
Americans Todd Bol and Rick Brooks are said to be the originators of this idea and started with creating little boxes where people could put the books in that they’ve already read to give someone else the chance to read. In the United States the Little Free Libraries are even equipped with a GPS signal so they are easy to find.
And now Brussels has it’s own book boxes based on this concept. Yves burggraaf de Jonghe d’Ardoye d’Erp, responsible for Culture in Ixelles spotted book boxes in Vézac a village in the South of France and decided to also implement this in Brussels. The first box has been installed at Place Flagey (building La Cambre / Architecture) followed by a second one at the entrance of City Hall. Let’s hope there will be a lot of book boxes installed in Brussels!
Discover more about the Book Box in Flagey in the following video by TV Brussel: http://www.tvbrussel.be/en/video/6806/elsene-proud-owner-2-book-boxes
This evening we will officially open VISTA27 for the first cocktail event on the brand new top floor. When privacy is important, the VISTA 27 event / meeting room gives your cocktails, dinner parties and other events exclusive access to the 27th floor. VISTA27 offers almost complete views of both sides of the city from a height of 94 meters – the highest point in Brussels.
Here’s already a sneak preview of what the break-out room looks like. Guests can choose their favourite color matching their mood. Photos of the event / meeting room
will follow soon!
TH Fashion Library Book 10: Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs
LOUIS VUITTON / MARC JACOBS
This fascinating publication presents the roles two men have played in turning a small workshop in nineteenth-century Paris into one of the most successful and recognized brands in the world.
Known for both craftsmanship and must-have high design, Louis Vuitton the luxury house was started by its eponymous founder in 1854. The first half of this publication traces the innovations by Vuitton, who turned the little-known guild profession of emballeur (packer) into the foremost luxury trunk maker in Paris, with a clientele that included in his lifetime the French nobility as well as the elite of a prosperous empire. Prime and never-before-seen examples of Vuitton’s craftsmanship, along with the fashion that went into them, are the highlights of these chapters. The second half of the book examines the role of Marc Jacobs as Louis Vuitton’s creative director (since 1997), who took the Louis Vuitton house into a new era with a series of collaborations with artists and designers—such as Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, and Stephen Sprouse—as well as designing a line of highly successful and desired clothing for the company.
By examining two divergent but often similar careers one hundred years apart, Louis Vuitton / Marc Jacobs is not only a layered study of the evolution of a luxury brand in the past 150 years but also a celebration of technical and design innovations in the new century.
As of today guests can enjoy the luxury of our brand new Panorama Suites!
All Panorama Suites offer even wider skyline views, thanks to their unique corner location on floors 17 through 24. They all boast excellent king-size beds, long window sofas with integrated working desks, free, unlimited Wi-Fi and a cinema-on-demand service. Guests staying in the Panorama Suite enjoy premium bathroom amenities and a fully equipped free private bar. Extra-special are the suites’ walk-in rain shower and elite access to the Panorama Lounge.
NEW! Panorama Suite
We proudly present the new General Manager of The Hotel Brussels: Johan Joris.
Johan Joris (48) was born and raised in Belgium and boasts an impressive career in the hotel industry, with extensive experience in Belgium and abroad. He started out in the hotel industry in 1988. He went on to hold several positions in Belgium in the Alfa Hotel group. The subsequent acquisition of this group by NH Hoteles provided new career opportunities for Johan. He was in charge of the opening of two NH Hotels in Brussels and Frankfurt and was then made responsible for eight NH Hotels in Flanders. From 2003 onwards he successively held various positions for NH Hoteles Group in The Netherlands and France, including General Manager, Pre-opening Manager and Regional Manager. In 2011 he joined the Russian Azimut hotel group, with 22 hotels in Russia, Germany and Austria, where he was appointed Director of Operations.
Johan Joris speaks five languages and likes to ski, sail and play tennis. He is married and has three children. Together with The Hotel Team Johan will make your stay in Brussels unforgettable through an exceptional hotel experience!
General Manager Johan Joris pictured right with Aldert Schaaphok, Vice President Pandox AB