OUR SUSTAINABLE VISION
HONEST, ARTISANAL AND BELGIAN QUALITY
Atelier Fontein. That’s four generations of furniture makers. A passion for craftsmanship. A focus on Belgian quality. A fondness for natural materials. A fascination for technique. A feeling for aesthetics. A necessity for functionality. A vision on furniture.
Atelier Fontein stands for honest, artisanal and Belgian quality. These characteristics go hand in hand with sustainability. I myself grew up surrounded by natural, high-quality materials. I was taught to search for innovative solutions and techniques with a long life cycle, with respect for materials and with a user-friendly result.
AUTHENTICITY AND SINCERITY ARE KEY
In turn, I want to spread this sense of sustainability. With Atelier Fontein I create furniture pieces that survive the test of time. Natural materials with a proven value, sustained with modern techniques. No replicas or half solutions to reduce the price. Authenticity and sincerity are paramount.
Among my peers, I notice a passionate vision for honest products and initiatives for improving the climate. The call for buying local products keeps getting louder and marches for the climate are omnipresent. I consider it my mission to show them how they can live even more according to these moral standards. After all, it is better to buy very thoroughly once, than to fall into the temptation of the disposable culture several times.
THE FOURTH GENERATION OF VAN WESEPOELS
In 1928 Remi Van Wesepoels furniture business developed into a renowned enterprise. In ‘Fabriek Fontein’ the first plank of the future furniture generation was being laid.
In 1965 Remi’s son Marcel Van Wesepoel founded Splendide, a demerger from Fabriek Fontein with a specialisation in custom made kitchens.
When Jean-Marie took over Splendide from his father in 1983 the company was quickly modernised. Just like his father and grandfather before him Jean-Marie focused on qualitative and durable materials.
Pieter-Jan also inherited the genes of his male predecessors. After his formation in woodworking he plunged into the furniture business as well. In 2017 he accompanied his father in the business.
Inspired? You can find more behind-the-scene pictures in our overview.