Two manufacturers, one vision

An ideal place for Wilkhahn and Interface’s new showroom: Historical architecture and contemporary design meet at the erstwhile Tour & Taxis logistics center. Photo: Wilkhahn
Situated directly on the canal that links the Belgian capital to the international port of Antwerp, the imposing Tour & Taxis industrial site bears witness to the economic boom in the early 20th century.
Between 1902 and 1907, one of the world’s first multimodal freight and transport platforms for sending goods by water, road and rail was built here, along with the associated buildings.

Iron, stone, and glass, as well as elements of the Flemish Renaissance and Art Nouveau, characterize the architecture of the industrial complex.

This historic backdrop offers a venue for events, retail and office premises and green spaces.
It’s an ideal location for Wilkhahn and Interface’s new showroom where architecture and design play just a great a role as sustainability does.


Contemporary furniture and textile design in a historic backdrop

The city of Brussels identified the potential of the industrial building along the waterway in terms of sustainable urban development. Today, the site is home to Brussels’ biggest park, which offers plenty of green space for people to chill out and relax in.

Cultural events like the Brussels design market, the BRAFA Art Fair or Art Brussels take place here. Innovative companies like the PermaFungi circular economy project are also based at Tour & Taxis.

Wilkhahn and Interface’s showroom is in the Royal Depot, the site’s office and commercial complex, which is 64 hectares in size. This is where architectural heritage meets the modern workplace – the sensitively refurbished Gare Maritime offers fully customizable office space in one of Brussels’ most sustainable buildings.

A networking opportunity and a get-together: Around 100 guests came to the opening of the showroom. Photo: Wilkhahn

Some 100 guests came to Wilkhahn and Interface’s opening 

Around 100 people from the architecture, design and furniture industries attended the grand opening of the showroom. Alongside the chance to talk to other people from the industry, the get-together offered time for networking. And the showroom gave visitors the chance to look at, feel and try out the furniture and textile floor coverings.

Wilkhahn’s upholstery needs to be done by hand. Fatma Bayrak from the Wilkhahn upholstery department showed guests at the grand opening how the armrests on the FS Management and Graph office chairs are covered with leather. Photo: Wilkhahn

As a special highlight, guests saw for themselves the craftsmanship that goes into Wilkhahn products. At the event, Fatma Bayrak from Wilkhahn’s upholstery department sewed armrest covers made of leather for the FS Management and Graph conference chairs.

Using the upholstery of the Graph Iconic Edition as an example, she demonstrated the structure of the upholstery and the stitching used for the cover.

A range of chairs invites people to come and sit on them. Communication islands with Insit and Insit Screen offer peaceful places to come and chill in. Photo: Wilkhahn

Sustainable interior in the showroom

The showroom itself offers areas in different designs where various chairs and textile floor coverings are coordinated with one another.

Whether it’s design or sustainability, the two manufacturers are a perfect match. Wilkhahn’s Yonda shell-structure chair (by neunzig° design), nominated for the Federal Ecodesign Award 2022, demonstrates how materials can be used sustainably. The seat shell is made of a biocomposite that consists of recycled polypropylene and waste wood and is fully recyclable.

The textile products presented by Interface also stand apart because they can be recycled and use recycled materials.

Consequently, the showroom offers customers and architects a fantastic opportunity to experience sustainable design of furniture and floorings under one roof – a wonderful chance to forge ahead with sustainability in interior design together.

Wilkhahn’s sustainable Yonda shell-structure chair and Interface’s carbon-neutral floorings are prime examples of sustainability. Photo: Wilkhahn

Tour & Taxis

Avenue du Port/Havenlaan 86c
B-1000 Brussels


Contact for info about the showroom
Kristel Serroyen


Further information

About Tour & Taxis
It’s also worthwhile booking one of the themed guided tours of the site.
About Interface


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