MANUFACTUM, book about Belgian craftsmanship – made by hand

/MANUFACTUM, book about Belgian craftsmanship – made by hand

MANUFACTUM, book about Belgian craftsmanship – made by hand


I feel very honored to let you know that Lefèvre Interiors is one of the 20 companies, featured in the brand new Belgian publication ‘MANUFACTUM’, a book about craftsmanship in Belgium.

The author Dirk De Moor and the photographer Philippe Debeerst depicted and wrote about the twenty surprising stories of craftsmen and women behind 20 Belgian companies who still work according to traditional methods, having a passion for their trade. About what drove them to practice a certain craft, and the skills needed, about the trade itself. But also about their materials or tools, and the years gaining knowledge and experience. They learnt that artisan crafts definitely have a place in the economy and society. With the artists’ continued passion as the driving force. And they won’t stop until they have reached perfection. No compromises.


20 Belgian craftsmen and women, each with their own unique specialty, made by hand.

mosaic (01)PATRICK DAMIAENS, Wood carving; JOHAN DE PUNT, Millwrighting; STEVEN & BRECHT DUJARDYN, Artisan ironwork; FANNY JEAN, Furniture upholstery & embellishments; LUC MESTDAGH, INGRID MEYVAERT & KATRIEN MESTDAGH, Stained glass windows; ANGEL BARRERO, Stucco marble & scagliola; DANIEL, ALAIN, JEAN-LUC, FABIENNE & LUDOVIC MENCHIOR, Plaster ornaments; CHRIS MAENE, Piano building; JAN DENIE & GREET LEFEVRE, Solid wood panelling; YVAN MAES DE WIT, Conservation of tapestries; LUCIA DEKNUDT, Lampshades; JIMMY DE CLERCQ & DIMITRI GINSBERG, Art foundry; PAUL & JAN VAN ACHTER, Copper pots and pans; FREDERIK KNOCKAERT, Art restoration; LUT DE PAEPE & FREDERIC POPPE, Gilt leather; BERT DE VYLDER, Organ building; WALTER QUIREYNS, Sculptures & stonemasonry; NINO TONDAT, Terrazo & intarsio; DIEDERIK WILLEM VANDERHEYDEN, Fine art paintings; RALPH BAGGALEY, Leather crafts


Cover Manufactum EN-FRCover MANUFACTUM

The presentation of ‘MANUFACTUM’ took place Thursday December 11, in the unique historical building of The Royal Manufacturers De Wit in Mechelen, also featured in this book.

The Royal Manufacturers (founded in 1889) cleans, conserves and restores tapestries. Today, it is the leading tapestry restorer in the world for museums and one of the leading laboratories for private customers. Yvan Maes De Wit, the present director, represents the fourth generation of tapestry weavers and restorers.

Book presentation


3Jan and me, together with the photographer Philippe De Beerst (left) and author Dirk De Moor.


A special thank you to Patrick Damiaens.

A lot of you, my readers, might have heard of and read about the beautiful work of our renowned Belgian ornamental woodcarver Patrick Damiaens, who is also the author of the blog Ornamentsnijder – Patrick Damiaens. Patrick is incredibly passionate about traditional high-quality craftsmanship and he inspired and assisted the publishers in sourcing the best craftsmen to feature in ‘MANUFACTUM’ to guarantee the quality of the book. We are very thankful to Patrick for his considerable contribution to the realization of this book.

Patrick DamiaensPatrick Damiaens at work   Source Blog Patrick Damiaens


2 Lefèvre Interiors – One of the pages, featuring our company in ‘Manufactum’


Photographer Philippe Debeerst illustrated this book with gorgeous taken pictures of all craftsmen and women at work. Giving splendour to the book !

Here are a few photos Philippe took in our workshop.

12Workshop Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Philippe Debeerst


5Workshop Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Philippe Debeerst


13Workshop Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Philippe Debeerst


11Workshop Lefèvre Interiors   Photo credit Philippe Debeerst


MANUFACTUM is available in English/French and in Dutch/French.

Manufactum, 20 crafts in the spotlight – 20 métiers à l’honneur  Dirk De Moor, Philippe Debeerst 

English-FrenchCover Manufactum EN-FRHardcover ISBN 978-94-6161-195-6

Manufactum, 20 ambachten in de kijker – 20 métiers à l’honneur  Dirk De Moor, Philippe Debeerst

Dutch-FrenchCover Manufactum NL-FRHardcover ISBN 978-94-6161-188-8


Snoeck Publishers Belgium

To order, please click HERE.




By |2019-02-07T17:07:41+00:00December 21st, 2014|Categories: Belgian Pearls, Lefèvre Interiors|Tags: , , , |14 Comments


  1. Damiaens Patrick Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM - Reply

    Ha, Greet Thanks for the compliments 😉 Looking Great this blogitem (as always full of passion) Keep up the good work Greet. 😉 Patrick

  2. Studio Yuko Jones Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM - Reply

    Congratulations on your feature, Greet! How exciting! Growing up in Japan, my father always told me that details matter and it's worth waiting to get it right. Wishing you and yours a merry Christmas! xx

    • Greet Lefèvre Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM - Reply

      Dear Yuko, your father was zo right!
      Thank you so much for your comment!
      Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

  3. Onder de rieten kap Monday, December 22, 2014 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    Congratulations! What an honour to be part of such an inspiring book!
    Best regards, Yvonne

  4. Lissy Parker Monday, December 22, 2014 at 3:24 PM - Reply

    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!
    xo, lissy

  5. BRASWELL Monday, December 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM - Reply

    what a piece of work + congratulations + merry christmas & happy new year.

  6. Greet Lefèvre Monday, December 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM - Reply

    Thank you so much for your nice comments dearest friends!
    Wishing you and yours a Wonderful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

  7. gésbi Monday, December 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM - Reply

    Wonderful woodworking photos. Congratulations – continue to carry the flame of fine craftsmanship!

  8. Segreto Secrets Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    I love reading about all the wonderful workmanship!! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas sweet friend!! xo

  9. Heather Robinson Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 12:18 PM - Reply

    It is an honor to be a part of such an amazing project. And ps. You look beautiful!!
    Joyeux Fêtes…

  10. Cindy Hattersley Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM - Reply


    This book looks wonderful and you look positively gorgeous!!

  11. Karena Albert Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 7:07 PM - Reply

    Dear Greet, there is something so wonderful to see the great craftsmen and women at work!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    The Arts by Karena

  12. lasarte Monday, August 1, 2016 at 3:11 PM - Reply

    thank YOU for each pearl you share that cultivate spirit and eye,from faraway Chile
    best wishes

  13. Jean Galyon Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 12:56 AM - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful eight years and the beautiful window into your work, your home, and your life. Congratulations!

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