What once started in a barn around the corner of café ‘T Fonteintje’ resulted 4 generations and almost a hundred years later in ‘Atelier Fontein’. A furniture collection rooted in Belgian craftsmanship.
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. Underneath Fabriek Fontein flowed the water from a source that never seemed to be depleted.
In 1965 Remi’s son Marcel Van Wesepoel founded Splendide, a demerger from Fabriek Fontein with a specialisation in custom made kitchens. Marcels passion took him as far as the president of Spain and earned him an honorary diploma as a furniture maker.
When Marcels wife gave birth to a son it soon became clear that this Van Wesepoel would continue the furniture making generation. 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.
But it doesn’t end there for the fourth member of the Van Wesepoel’ lineage. In honour of his great grandfather, Pieter-Jan founded ‘Atelier Fontein’, a nostalgic nod to the past of furniture maker Remi Van Wesepoel. With Atelier Fontein Pieter-Jan creates designer furniture. In doing so, he is targeting a whole new segment: the new generation that thinks about quality and sustainability and has an eye for artisanal pieces, imbued with a passion that has been passed down from father to son for almost a 100 years.
With Atelier Fontein Pieter-Jan is writing a new chapter in the Van Wesepoels’ storybook. And even though the well underneath café ’T Fonteintje’ has since long dried up, the source of inspiration in the Van Wesepoel family continues to flow inexcessibly.