Wild at heart
Antwerp-based florist Mark Colle has created a home that, much like his stylish bouquets, is immaculately curated and brimming with vibrant colour
Immaculately curated like a bouquet, this florist’s home in Antwerp is brimming with colour
This apartment, located on the top floor of a 1930s building in Antwerp, Belgium, belongs to florist Mark Colle and is characterised by flashes of colour. Colle has become renowned for the big floral installations he creates at Baltimore Bloemen, his bijou flower shop in the city centre – the walls of flowers he created for Raf Simons’ first show for Dior in 2012 required almost a million stems. He may be known for super-sized displays, but Mark prefers hand-tying more modest bouquets. It’s this eye for taking the small and making it special that has transformed his own apartment.
Used to going with his gut and making instinctive decisions, Mark bought his home the day after spotting an advert for it on Facebook. It had been recently renovated, providing a neutral canvas for him to layer in his collections. The upshot is a calm yet comfortable home that’s big on personality.
The open-plan flat has a kitchen and living area on the first floor, and a bedroom, bathroom and studio tucked under the eaves. White paint and resin floors form a simple, bright backdrop, which is offset in the living area by warm wooden cladding and an oversized concrete planter. ‘My indoor garden is made up of plants that nobody wanted,’ says Mark. ‘It’s an army of leftovers.’
Disproving the notion that small spaces should be clutter free, he has used his favourite objects to create displays: a wall of shelving for his vinyl record collection, and ceramics grouped on the hearth. ‘I didn’t really think the style of the interior through,’ he says, ‘It’s eclectic, which is just the way I like it.’ markcolle.com; baltimorebloemen.be
Open-plan living The staircase leads to the bedroom and studio that overlooks the kitchen below. A concrete planter with lush foliage acts as an indoor garden Kitchen The central island houses the sink and the cantilevered table transforms the space...