EVENT: The Heritage Apéritifs: "The Art Deco interiors of Villa Cavrois: how to bring them back to life?". Brussels, 19 March 2019

Event: The Heritage Apéritifs: “The Art Deco interiors of Villa Cavrois: how to bring them back to life?”. Brussels, 19 March 2019

The Heritage Apéritifs and Paul Philippot Heritage (Continuing Education-ULB) invite you to attend the conference-debate evening “The Art Deco interiors of Villa Cavrois: how to bring them back to life?” which will take place on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at 6pm at the Auditorium Victor Bourgeois of the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta ULB (Place Eugène Flagey 19, 1050 Brussels).
Villa Cavrois was commissioned by one of the wealthiest industrialists of the 1930s to architect Robert Mallet-Stevens. It may have been the largest private residence at that time (a facade of 60 meters, 1.840 m² of living space and 830 m² of terraces!) But also the most luxurious Art Deco villa in France.
Unfortunately, after a period of abandonment in 1987, the villa was sold to a real estate developer who wanted to demolish it and build a complex of buildings at its location. It was then quickly ransacked, squatted, plundered by waste collectors.
It was listed as a historical monument in 1990 and patiently restored from 2008 to 2015. The original restoration of the building and part of the garden costed 23 million euros!
Some of the interiors have been reconstructed, furniture has been rebuilt or bought at regular public sales…
But how to give soul to these Art Deco interiors? How to evoke the patina of age? How far going in the reconstitution?
As many questions as we will ask our guests, the architect of the Agency Michel Goutal ACMH in Paris who was responsible for the restoration of the Villa Cavrois, joined after his intervention by Francis Metzger (architect of the restoration of the Villa Empain in Brussels) and Eric Hennaut (art historian and board member of the Van Buuren House in Brussels) to share their experiences on Art Deco interiors.
Entry fee: 6 €
Students: 4 €
Paul Philippot Heritage students – ULB continuing education: free
Aperitif offered
Registration and information: aperosdupatrimoine@gmail.com
Event organised as part of the BANAD Festival, with the support of ULB Continuing Education Humanities – Paul Philippot Heritage and the Faculty of Architecture La Cambre Horta (ULB)

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