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Juliette & Victor : Le dressing

Posted by Charlotte on 23/04/2019

Wood Fashion is a Belgian company specializing in custom furniture, present for almost 20 years in Waterloo. In their 600-square-metre showroom, interior designers and designers design and develop elegant and functional, personalized and exclusive but timeless design projects. Wood Fashion offers kitchens, walk-in closets, bathrooms and libraries. Their teams travel all over Belgium, France and Europe.

Tempted by a dressing-room project?

Here is some information and advice from Laurent Lechat, founder and manager of Woodfashion, before embarking on the adventure:

What should we think about?

Of course, you should start by taking accurate measurements of the intended location: there is usually 60 cm of outside depth, and a minimum of 30 cm for T-shirt shelves and 40cm for sweaters. Then you have to think about everything you want and have to put away, such as accessories and other small objects, what types of clothes, in what quantities etc.

Can a dressing room be adapted to all configurations: supper ceiling, round wall, etc.?

Yes absolutely, and the existence of a soup is one of the main reasons why our customers opt for a custom dressing. For a rounded wall, there is no problem either, so we usually create furniture "at angles", but we must keep in mind that this type of dressing will lose space, that it is better not to provide doors in this case, and that we then opt for custom-made in order to optimize the available space.

How much does it cost?

Obviously, in case of supper and rounding, it will cost a little more. Then, prices vary greatly depending on the options chosen, and start at around 4000 euros for a standard dressing room of 3 meters by 2.5 meters, and up to 30,000 euros depending on the complexity, ceiling height, length, materials, and the constraints of rounded and supper type. The drawers also increase the cost a bit.

What are the most popular materials?

Although the materials used have diversified in recent years (glass, mirrors, curtains, leather effect...), wood remains a safe bet:
"We offer pine as well as more noble and expensive species such as maple or oak. More new, we have already used rosewood too, but it costs the dressing room! The wooden parts combine parts in MDF painted with a special paint, more resistant and solid because hardening more than most paintings.

Our particularity is not to use laminate or melaminate, either indoors or outdoors. It is also possible to have a real oak exterior and paint the interior, and the choice of colors is endless. Finally, the oak can also be brushed and covered with a matte varnish, for a very trendy raw and untreated effect, in the Scandinavian style." On the doors side, Woodfashion offers different wood species or MDF, but also cross-ended windows or mirrors with wooden frames.

Of course, all the woods today come from sustainably managed forests, mainly from Germany and Poland, and our paintings are watery and comply with the standards in force. On the other hand, the current ecological paints do not allow sufficient resistance to us, so we do not use them. Our other peculiarity is not to provide adjustable cleats, but old-time racks, which is quite unusual and more aesthetic. Finally, in response to the wishes of our customers, in addition to the more classic models, we are beginning to turn to purer and contemporary forms.

Is the structure modular?

It is always possible to modulate and evolve the dressing in time, but it must be specified in advance to provide for this flexibility, especially in the fittings of baseboards. Moreover, as we really adapt to the space, from floor to ceiling, and do not simply "deposit" the dressing room, this can thwart some subsequent developments in case of atypical configuration of the place.

Is a men's dressing room different from a women's dressing room?

Yes, because dressing rooms are increasingly accessorized, with specific compartments for belts and ties on the gentlemen's side, while there are usually more drawers and compartments on the ladies' side for jewelry, scarves and underwear, not to mention shoes. The dressing room of these remains a little more bulky than that of their husbands, but I have the impression that they are more in demand than before a real storage space adapted to their needs. In terms of the volume required, providing more closets does not necessarily take up more space for men, because trousers and suit jackets can hang on the same hanger, but for ladies, you have to think about more things, and a closet suitable for long dresses obviously takes up more space.

Doesn't an open dressing room get too much dust?

It's very personal. Personally, I prefer with doors,which protect not only from light and dust but also from moths! On the other hand, models without doors are more suitable for small spaces, because even a sliding door takes up more space and requires a greater depth, 70 cm instead of 60cm.

What are the deadlines?
From the moment you choose the model, the aesthetics and the measurements, it is necessary to allow 6 to 8 weeks. We take care of the design, placement and painting work ourselves in-house, as well as on-site finishes, where we usually fine-tune the finishes, even if the dressing room is already painted for the first time in the workshop.

And on the lighting side and other "gadgets"?

LED lighting is now widespread and accessible, with or without automatic detection. There is also a democratization of the dressing concept, with a very wide range and large differences in price, but also in quality and finishes. As for the concept of connected dressing, for example, scanning all its clothes and accessories to obtain proposals for outfits, this remains anecdotal, even if we may be using it fluently one day!

Article Source: http://www.jvmagazine.be/nos-adresses/shopping/mobilier/3647-wood-fashion


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