Specialist in designing and creating new exclusive front doors ‘with the charm of the past and the comfort of today’.
That is what Atelier Schrauwen stands for.
Jef Schrauwen, is the youngest member of a Belgian family line of woodworkers (since 1890), who runs, together wih his father Eddy, the family owned business for the sixth generation !!!
When Jef entered the company, the future and further development of the firm kept him busy. He worked out a new strategy and decided to specialize in creating new exquisite front doors ‘with the charm of the past and the comfort of today’.
I do feel a resemblance with Jef here. Entering our company years ago, I made the decision to specialize in paneling after 3 generations of furniture and cabinetmakers.
And I might think that Jef did not regret his decision because last year Atelier Schrauwen was honored with the award “Ambacht in de Kijker” (Craft in the picture), an award that was given by the Belgian Minister of small and medium-sized enterprises in order to promote the Belgian craft sector.
Jef with his grandfather Jozef Schrauwen.
Over the passed centuries, professional pride and quality of the delivered work were central values. Jef was determined to keep this family tradition in mind.
That is why he decided to specialize in front doors and to strengthen his passion for craftsmanship.
So every front door is custom made and made to measure, according the historical style characteristics.These frontdoors are installed in citizen houses and in mansions as well as in castles, in abbey farms and in historical buildings.
Atelier Schrauwen’s clients do appreciate quality and authenticity and every customer gets a personal approach by the owners themselves.
Atelier Schrauwen has to replace damaged doors by new ones at the renovation of old houses or they have to make front doors for new build houses in any particular style as doors in the neo-classical style, eclectic style, art nouveau or art deco style, country style,…
Not a big machinery park but finding craftsmen is the biggest part of their need and concern.
Notice again the beautiful details!
Art Nouveau styled door. Craftsmanship all over!
Typical sweeping ornaments of the art nouveau style.
For more inspirational pictures, please visit the website of Atelier Schrauwen here.
‘A combination of centuries-old craftsmanship and 6 generations of knowledge with modern techniques, to guarantee the customer a front door for life.’ Jef Schrauwen.
Tel.:+32 3 669 65 23
A lot of you do know that I love to write about our Belgian craftsmen . I hope to be a good ambassador (in the blogosphere) of our Belgian companies, and especially of all the Belgian craftsmanship that these companies and artisans represent. I do hope that my blog will be a source for finding out more about our Belgian cultural heritage and I will do the best I can to introduce you to more of our Belgian craftsmen in future.
To discover more Belgian craftsmen, please go at the sidebar of my blog where you will find this list of Belgian companies and click on the names of these companies to enter their website.
So today I am very proud to have introduced you to Atelier Schrauwen, a company that definitely belongs to my collection of ‘Belgian Pearls’ .
All images with permission of Atelier Schrauwen
I loved this post, Greet–actually I always love the stories of craftsmen that you publish. And especially that this is a family project. We need more companies like these!
good morning Greet always a DELIGHT to see and appreciate the work of dedicated craftsmen The doors are really beautiful
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Greet, what gorgeous doors!! I love the story behind them and having just finished a house for almost 4 years fully appreciate more than ever these old world craftsmen who are passionate about their crafts and delivering gorgeous hand made items from doors to paneling to floors….the love and passion behind the product shows in the result. And then to see this craft carried on from one generation to the next is especially neat! Thanks for sharing this wonderful resource with us!
Prachtig werk, en puur vakmanschap!
Greet, how beautiful are those doors!!! I wish we could just transplant your beautiful Belgian craftsmen to Australia!!!
It is wonderful to see someone put so much love and dedication into their work. xx
I SO ENJOYED THE VIDEO!!!!! That charming young man speaking; was that DUTCH? FLEMISH???? Oh dearest, your style is just becoming my FAVORITE STYLE EVER! Anita
The doors are wonderful! How I wish you all were closer since our 200+ home has a front door with a bit of dry rot and we need a new one made. Unfortunately a pre-fab door doesn't work on our home so I guess we'll have to keep looking for a craftsman in the US. What a wonderful tradition to pass down.
gorgeous doors, loved to read the story 🙂
What a wonderful story, and adore when generations follow in the footsteps of those before. Spectacular craftsmanship in these doors and certainly a major focal point of any home…gorgeous, Greet. Loved the video!!
How FAB dahhling that some beautiful old world crafts live on & that a new generation will pickup the reigns of this amazing art & continue on… absolutely beautiful!
I have a bit of an obsession with front doors – I took pictures of lots of doors when we were in Bruges and Luxembourg City in 2006 🙂
It's wonderful to see such talented craftspeople creating doors that are essentially beautiful pieces of art. I love all of the doors that you featured in your post, and the hardware on the Art Nouveau doors is absolutely stunning.
Happy 2012, Greet!
How beautiful!! My favorite kind of story – history, heritage and craftsmanship!! You are lucky to have so many fabulous suppliers to choose from and work with!
Absolutely beautiful!!!! It is so good that there are people in the world who are committed to the art and craft of making finely finished products by hand.
Such beautiful work, Greet.
Thank you for sharing.
Wonderful feature. I love a good family business and it is very moving to see the photo of Jef and his grandfather.
How rewarding for Jozef to know that his hard work and appreciation for beautiful craftsmanship has been passed on!
The doors are exquisite and I love the idea of a hand made entry to my home. Just wonderful!
What fabulous craftsmanship! I will have to check them out next time I am in Antwerp. Thank you for letting us know about their gorgeous doors.
Wonderful craftsmanship, I was only looking at this website yesterday and admiring their workmanship. I actually pass the house where the double curved oak doors are every morning driving my daughter to school, I thought I recognised them!
They do fabulous work, don't they. What a pleasure to see such craftsmanship.
You are a very good ambassador for your country, my friend.
Beautiful work! Thanks for sharing!
You are always so generous with sharing your favorite resources, Greet.
I know I enjoyed meeting several of the artisans on your list during our Belgian vacation.
I hope that we can visit Atelier Schrauwen next time. Their work is stunning!
Brilliantly charming! Those details are really meticulously made with style and passion for art. Lovin' that neo-classical door right now.
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Et c'est du Belge!!!!
Bravo à ces artisans formidables!!!
Bisous, jolie Greet…
These are amazing artisans, each door is so very exquisite!
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Happy New Year!
Wonderful old-fashioned craftsmanship – lovely post!
They do fantastic doors ! I love really good craftsmansship.
YES GREET! I thought it was Flemish! It is soooooo pretty! I love Dutch, but I did not think this was Dutch for I find that Dutch is a little different. Such a delight!
Thank you for visiting me. YOU MATTER TO ME! Anita
Greet, what a nice feature! Very skilful wood artists indeed and what a wonderful picture of Jef and his grandfather Jozef Schrauwen.
I wish my own grandparents were still aroud. They were great story tellers!
Love and Happy Weekend to You.