The internationally renowned Belgian furniture designer, interior designer and art collector Emiel Veranneman is a nephew of Constant Permeke.
He studied in Brussels at the Henry van de Velde “Kameren” school for Architecture and Decorative Arts and began his career in the post-war period. In 1953 he opened his first art gallery in Kortrijk, he was regarded as a pioneer.
With the Universal Exhibition of 1958 in Brussels, He did set up the country’s pavilion for modern interior design in Belgium. But only with the post-modern society, he found himself with his idea of a consistent method.
The shapes of his designed furniture are subtly simple and clear. In each of his pieces of furniture combines logic, balance, unity, harmony, rhythm, charisma and intellectual wit. In a synthesis of architecture, art and commerce refers Veranneman his inspirations from all over the world and integrated them into his own personal style.More recent works show a minimalist purism in its reduction to a defining decorative line and a dark, almost monochromatic color scheme.
Emiel Veranneman designed numerous rooms for the Belgian financial and political world, but also for the international art scene. In Aix-en-Provence, he established the Fondation Vasarely in the foyer of the Hilton Brussels, the Congress Hall and the library Wittockiana. Almost all Belgian World’s Fair pavilions bear his signature. In 1974 he founded and designed by the Belgian Foundation Veranneman Kruishoutem he has assembled his collection of art in a striking sculptural building as a senior private museum.