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‘Early 2011, I asked Sergio to join me for breakfast in Knokke. At the time, I was feeling unsettled about the future and felt I needed new challenges. Managing the kitchen of Oud Sluis was no longer satisfying. I was still young, but wanted to learn in other areas than just the culinary. It wanted to tell Sergio that I was thinking of a new challenge. And I had to do this on time, as Sergio had just opened his second restaurant Pure C in Cadzand. So, there we were, sitting at a table on a Saturday morning, finally a quiet moment in our hectic lives, discussing the future. He listened to my story and asked me to specify my ambitions and why I was thinking of other things. It became clear pretty quickly that Sergio was also ready for a new challenge as soon as Pure C was up and running. Maybe starting a business together would be the right story.’
‘A couple of months later I received a phone call from Job Smeets of Studio Job. He told me about a place in Antwerp, a former chapel that was so beautiful, it might just become the most gorgeous restaurant of Belgium. One visit was all it took. It immediately felt as the place where it was all going to happen. The building might be much too big for a restaurant that we wanted to bring up to a level that would suit us. But not doing it was not an option. I only thought: if we are really going ahead with this, we need help from the people closest to us.
And that is how it started. Three years we spent brainstorming, working and arguing. With partners, suppliers, artists, other businesses and of course the man who could design it: Piet Boon. The Jane would never have been possible without the confidence of all the people who helped us with the project. From the smallest cushion on the couches through to the three kitchens where you can dance behind the stove like never before. Everything in The Jane is the result of a conversation, a discussion, a negotiation. And everything has come about because of the people around us. Our team, our restaurant-manager Robert and all the partners have made it possible for us to realise our dream.’
Food is our religion. That is why the kitchen in The Jane is located on the altar. Chef Nick Bril, Herman’s former right hand man at restaurant Oud Sluis in Sluis in Zeeland, is responsible for the day-to-day running of the restaurant and decides on the tasty menu together with Sergio.
The Jane is a gastronomic restaurant which is located on the ground floor, it has space for 60 guests who can all see the open kitchen. The balanced wine list with the latest biological discoveries as well as the classic wines of the great wineries; it is also possible to order specific wines per glass. Do you wish to make a reservation? You can make a reservation for up to three months in advance.
Cocktails, food and music, that’s what it is all about in de Upper Room Bar. We will happy to introduce you in an accessible and relaxed way, to the tastes and international atmosphere of The Jane.
In the place where the organ used to be, you can now enjoy your meal, sitting around a tattooed bar kitchen. Our chefs prepare the dishes a la minute from the bar menu.
Our professional bar staff is more than happy to assist you in the choice of our drinks. They will be more than happy to serve you our signature cocktails and exclusive beers.
Our wine list includes organic discoveries as well as the classic wines from the great wineries.
Just make your last minute reservation online up to one month in advance by completing the reservations form, it easy and fast. You can also drop in at the bar from 11 p.m. for drinks.
If you want to make sure we are not full, just call us in advance.
Once a month we organise ‘Night sessions’, which is an extended late night, in which our staff showcase a different DJ every session. At these intense nights, our volume is a bit louder than usual and we serve different snacks and drinks. Check our Facebook page for our Night sessions dates!
Give just for giving, share the experience and give a voucher of The Jane as a gift. You can give a present of our restaurant.
At the moment this voucher can only be ordered online. You can choose to receive it directly in your mailbox or to have a luxury voucher sent to your address.
The voucher is valid for 2 years and only in The Jane & Upper Room Bar.
‘The Jane started with a dream. A dream to create something that only existed in our fantasy.’
When we started dreaming in 2009 about a new adventure, we had a long list of ideas. The only thing we did not have was a location to project all these ideas on. What we did have was even more important: a network of people who could guide us in this new project. From financial to restoration, from interior design to lighting and from parquet floors to natural stone; we considered each detail endlessly and had many meetings discussed them with everyone. All these conversations were as different as the people we met. What connected us all was the realisation that The Jane was a special project. That is why we are so grateful to these people for their efforts to make The Jane become a fantastic reality.
The latest products, the best equipment, the best ingredients and the most exiting wines. This is all due to the numerous producers, suppliers and manufacturers who are always looking for the best of the best.
Fashion and Antwerp are inextricably linked. That is why we spent a lot of attention on the right clothing at The Jane. From hostesses to chefs, from barmen to washing up employees, everyone is dressed perfectly.
Our love for aesthetics is shared with many talented designers. People who know that paying attention to detail is the only way to make a difference.
The fact that we work in an environment that impresses various artists is maybe our biggest break. That these artists wanted to contribute by making their work available or even making it especially for us, is something we never dreamed of. But it is true. And the beauty of it is that all the works of art in The Jane are independent, but also seem to form part of the whole.
Music drives us. It is our escape, our source of energy and gives us the right boost to start each day with fresh energy. A life without music is useless as far as we are concerned. A restaurant without the right beats is incomplete.
The Jane is closed on Sundays and Mondays. You can reach us by phone on all other days, except holidays and Belgian holidays, between 9-11 a.m. and between 3-5 p.m.
Tel: 0032 3 808 44 65
From Tuesday 23 December to Tuesday 6 January 2015
From Tuesday 7 April to Tuesday 14 april 2015
From Tuesday 30 June to Tuesday 14 July 2015
From Tuesday 29 September to Tuesday 13 October 2015
From Tuesday 22 December 2015 to Tuesday 5 January 2016
Please contact us on the following email address for any questions, other than reservations:
Our address, Paradeplein 1, is a new address as ‘t Groen Kwartier and used to be a military site. This address is not yet recognised by all navigational systems. You will find our restaurant on the site of ‘t Groen Kwartier if you enter the following alternative address in your GPS navigation.
Corner of Boomgaardstraat / Marialei
If you reserved a parking space in the parking garage of ‘t Groen Kwartier, just follow the route that has been clearly indicated with the logo of The Jane. You can only enter our parking garage with the personal, unique code on your confirmation. The signs for parking spaces 01>09 / 19>27 / 37>48 are clearly indicated above the parking spaces at level -2.
If you did not reserve a space in our parking garage, just use one of the designated parking spaces of the Paradeplein or on the street next to the site.
The team of The Jane and the residents of ‘t Groen Kwartier would appreciate it if you would respect the parking policy and be quiet on the site.
In the kitchen we need a:
Chef de Partie (Line cook)
In the restaurant we need a:
Chef de Rang (Assistant head waiter)
The job vacancies are available immediately, are you interested or wish to know more, just send an email thereby referring to the relevant job vacancy to [email protected]. Please enter the following details:
Are always welcome, for hosting as well as in the kitchen. We guarantee correct terms and conditions and will provide professional training and coaching! Are you interested in learning this beautiful restaurant trade and do you wish to put your career on the right track, just send an email with the position you are interested in (restaurant/kitchen) in the subject line, and send your email to [email protected]. Please enter the following details:
Piet Boon ®, what a company, what expertise and what a love for aesthetics. Choosing to work with Piet Boon ® on this project was a choice of trust. We wanted a high-end, modern restaurant with international allure where the focus lies on the experience. Piet Boon ® took our wishes and ideas on board and together we took three years to see where the possibilities were. The result: “fine dining meets rock ‘n roll”: The Jane.
‘t Groen Kwartier is a redeveloped former Military Hospital in Antwerp which has been turned into a thriving new part of the city with a unique vision: “LIVING ON THE INSIDE OUT”.
In this new green oasis 404 housing units will be built with a balanced mix of trendy lofts in historical buildings, new build apartments and comfortable family homes with a garden. These are the different forms of living that will feel right at home in ‘t Groen Kwartier. This diversity will result in a varied mix of residents, including senior citizens, young couples, and families with children, people with a double income and singles.
This green oasis was created by the Parisian landscape artist Michel Desvigne. More than 350 trees will create a green environment nearby in the park zone and the various garden rooms.
A number of urban functions, such as shops, office space and ateliers, have also been incorporated.
‘t Groen Kwartier is a green oasis in the 19th century belt of Antwerp. It is a quiet area between the thriving city districts Zurenborg and Haringrode, well known of the Dageraadplaats and de Cogels Osylei. ‘t Groen Kwartier is easily accessible from the north via the Antwerp ring road. It is also easy to reach this area by public transport, Berchem station is nearby for national connections and Central Station offers international transport links.
One of the partners who have been most involved is Vanhaerents, along with Matexi the developer of ‘t Groen Kwartier. Anyone who has taken a look at the site of ‘t Groen Kwartier, can see that this developer is different in that they focus on high-quality housing projects.
Vanhaerents represents stylish living in top locations and trend setting architecture with a great look and feel, whereby they always show their passion for art.
It became clear during our many meetings that we share an ability to think ‘out of the box’ and that they too are inspired by the synergy between man, history, architecture, art and the environment. That is why their slogan is ‘Architecture is an art and we make it happen’!
What we want to convey to our guests, Vanhaerents conveys through its buildings and outside areas.
But there are more similarities, we share our attention to the finish and detail in an energy conserving way and will both do our utmost to retain the harmony in our environment.
We are happy to be able to do our work on this historically special and culturally unique heritage of the exiting city of Antwerp and Vanhaerents made it happen!
Matexi and Vanhaertents, the building firm responsible for the restoration of this beautiful part of Berchem with the city of Antwerp, with The Jane at the centre.
In the past few years, all the parties involved got to know each other and all worked to turn the former military area into the most beautiful part of Antwerp. It is a place where children can grow up or to enjoy the peace and quiet and space in the middle of the thriving city of Antwerp.
The sales office at the entrance of the site is ready to provide with you with information on the history of the site and on living in a peaceful oasis!
A professional dream such as The Jane starts with a sound financial plan, which we had drawn up on the advice of Edwin Moens. We have known Edwin Moens for many years as a contact at Schipper Accountants and in Belgium Ludo Lievens assisted us in our first adventure abroad. BNP Paribas has provided us with the structure and the means to be able to meet our responsibilities towards our employees. They all created a solid and financially sound basis for us to be creative in a healthy way!
We engaged the services of the Antwerp architects Jan van Rooy to assist us during the build.
Jan van Rooy and Eric Verbeeck have assisted us throughout the whole process, from preserving the monument to the final delivery, and we had endless meetings at their offices, where the coffee was always fresh and the butter cake very tasty! We sometimes had heated discussions, where we got to learn these warm people as being professional, straight and to the point… and we shared many laughs too!
The companies FMPPlus and AGC represent the steel and glass, respectively, incorporated in The Jane. Those who have visited The Jane cannot deny that they are one of the defining aspects of the architecture of our restaurant, but also of the experience and the atmosphere!
From the doors in the entrance to the atelier where the kitchen is on show, from the impressive windows in the restaurant to the discrete Private Dining. Everywhere you look, you see the wonderful work of these two companies. They applied their craftsmanship, experience and knowledge and gave themselves a reference project that is unique in its kind and we are convinced they feel the same way!
One thing we were all agreed on when entering the chapel for the very first time and saw the pigeons flying through the broken windows, is that we wanted to preserve the worn state of the ceiling, no matter what! This must be the best choice we ever made!
Ruben Willaert was the company who has been able to realise our absolute wish. Their love for their profession meant that they painstakingly stopped the hands of time, by fixating the ceiling centimetre for centimetre, and did repairs where necessary.
Normally this company would do everything in its power to restore everything to its original glory, but they respected our wish and provided what we asked for.
Everyone entering the chapel is in awe of the ceilings. We feel the ceiling is the most beautiful part of the whole chapel and we are thankful of Ruben Willaert, that they were able to retain that for us and our guests!
If you take the elevator to the Upper Room Bar and come face to face with the large and impressive ware, you must know that the extremely exclusive Café au Lait marble type has been supplied by the company Hullebusch from the West-Flemish village Ardooie.
This stone type is very impressive, whoever comes near the bar cannot resist touching it. The warm brown and black colours and capricious structure acts as a magnet to everyone who knows how to value such a unique high-quality natural product!
I cannot count the times we were warned of the acoustics in the chapel, as if we hadn’t thought of that ourselves! Via our friends of Bowers&Wilkins, who did not want to work with anyone else, we found Mutrox. These two inspired craftsmen have shown us a new world and were able to convey this to us in a normal language.
Their down to earth Rotterdam attitude, which is hidden in the walls of the chapel, makes everyone marvel at the warm sounds and the enjoyable buzz of a restaurant without being too obtrusive!
Their work is one of the main elements in the total concept experienced by our guests, invisible, but so important!
Nijboer Interior and Design is responsible for the construction of the interior. Never did we work with a company that incorporated such a lot of expertise. The owner René has a wonderful personality and Jos who prepares the work for the men who have finished everything made to measure. The work was performed very precisely, from the leather couches to the oak wooden cabinets and plateaus; it was never too much to ask. Things were changed and amended until the latest moment and there was always someone on hand to deal with our many wishes and questions. This is three star quality in interior building.
Patrik van Daele of PVD lighting has lighted our beautiful chapel. The lighted cross on the roof looks super cool and can be seen from afar. We decided to give the outside façade a more austere lighting, without looking for the boundaries. The roof of the side towers, however, has been given a more modern lighting. When the dusk sets in the chapel glows into the night in order to finally shine in a subtle and tasteful way.
Patrik’s 28 years of experience means that our wishes with regard to outside lighting have come true, thereby respecting the neighbourhood and its residents. It is also good to get to know new people in Antwerp and PVD Lighting has proven itself with its excellent service. Nothing will stop our guests from finding their way to The Jane, a beacon of light in the heart of ‘t Groen Kwartier, thanks to PVD Lighting!
In addition to the impressive ceiling, the fantastic chandelier of .PSLAB is a real eye catcher! This impressive chandelier is 12 by 9 metres and a work of art in itself, and a defining part of the identity of the restaurant. We have almost forgotten that the delivery of the lamp was delayed, which caused us to miss our proposed opening date.
It is suspended from one point in the ceiling, the 800 kilos weighing contraption reaches to 2.75 metres above the ground at its lowest point. The impressive chandelier then directs itself toward the ceiling, in order to fill the whole room with 150 lights. .PSLAB explicitly chose this human size, to give our guests a comfortable feeling in the restaurant. The weight and the cultural value of the historical chapel mean that the role played by VRV Architects must not be underestimated. Jan van Rooy and Eric Verbeeck have taken the responsibility for the invisible solution in order to direct the full attention to the mighty lustre.
The history of the Sergio Herman group and .PSLAB started when we were setting up Pure-C in 2010. We took the initiative at the time to come into contact with this great company from Beirut and lay the foundation for our collaboration. We had already decided there and then that .PSLAB would design the light plan of The Jane.
.PSLAB has a head office in Beirut, ateliers in Stuttgart, Bologna, Helsinki and Singapore and is a design house who manufactures everything themselves for each project. The feeling they put in it is always based on the senses. Upon our request, the Piet Boon ® studio and .PSLAB have been able to join the artisan feeling of the historical chapel with a modern, cosmopolitan underground feeling. They have both succeeded perfectly and even exceeded our expectations!
We went to great lengths in order to create different atmospheres; even though not everyone picks up on it. By which we mean that we sometimes choose inconspicuous designs in order to make something else shine.
We have chosen Modular to light the private areas in the catacombs of The Jane.
The long dark hall leads to a private meeting room where the only light present is a beautiful Mini Naked that leads you to a neon work of art of the Vanhaertens collection. For our office we chose a functional light, 2Flat, and in the private meeting room the Mini Naked was used. The assignment was not to have too obvious lighting, by which we tried to achieve a serene and mystical atmosphere. The timeless and classic Mini Naked is perfect.
In the spaces where our employees dress, we have the extremely cool United fittings; we felt the choice for the design was very important for these areas. We could have opted for simple TL lighting or a few LED strips, and nobody would have questioned it. But conveying our philosophy is important in all aspects of our company, to allow the employees to feel each detail.
The Jane is more than just a beautiful setting, the professionalism we demand of our employees is something we wanted to integrate in every aspect of our interior. From the Upper Room Bar to the restaurant as well as backstage, we have thought about everything, which is exactly the message we wish to convey, if you do something, do it well!
That is why we want to thank Modular for their professional advice and for helping us convey our message!
Rudy Strubbe is the man who has been installing our fridges, freezers and air-conditioning for many days, nights and years. Rudy Strubbe worked with us in Sluis and Cadzand and we asked if he could help us in Antwerp. Luckily he could help us out, applying his West-Flemish constructive and capable method of working in the kitchen, bar and wine cabinet in Antwerp too!
Josper, this Spanish beast is an oven and grill in one.
It is easy to create a full concept around a Josper, it is amazing how much you can do with it, and how little energy it uses. Grilling at high temperatures with charcoal creates a super taste and wonderful structure, and we are not exposed to the heat of the coals as the doors are closed. The taste level is incomparable with any other oven!
Josper, dit Spaanse beest is een oven en een grill in één.
Het is makkelijk om een volledig concept rond een Josper oven te verzinnen, wat je er allemaal mee kan doen en hoe weinig het maar verbruikt is verbazingwekkend! Roosteren en grillen op een hoge temperatuur zorgt samen met het houtskool voor een supersmaak en een schitterende structuur en door de gesloten deuren worden we niet constant blootgesteld aan de hitte van de kolen. Het niveau van smaak kun je met geen andere oven bereiken!
Maes Inox, keukenbouwers van internationaal niveau, hebben met de realisatie van drie keukens alweer een knap staaltje vakmanschap afgeleverd! In het restaurant een powerkeuken achter ramen van glas en staal, op de plaats waar vroeger het altaar stond. In de Upper Room Bar een nog nooit geziene getatoeëerde kachel en in de kelder een immense voorbereidingskeuken. Alles volledig op maat gemaakt met de beste materialen en enorm veel vernuft, geleverd op tijd met de allerbeste service. Met de Ben Martin inductiekachel hopen we snel weer voor hete vuren te staan! Herman, bedankt voor je kwaliteit!
We have been familiar with Rational’s quality for many years, we were therefore in no doubt on the combi-steamers and the vcc (a tipping frying pan, kettle and fryer in one). These are indispensable for a modern restaurant, sturdy and therefore perfect for us!
Probably the most important chain in our restaurant is the dishwashing, because if things go wrong here, it affects the whole operation. In our years of experience we know that you cannot economise on a dish washer, a good quality dish washer is an absolute necessity. That is why we opted for Winterhalter. This reliable German brand which we started our careers with has never stopped innovating, which is why they will always retain their number one position.
Paul Herman takes a special and prominent place for us, this self-made man from Zeeland Flanders has bags of experience.
His bravura is unrivalled as is his knowledge of wine. Herman Wines has been supplying the best wines to the greatest restaurants on earth for years, and his name is on the agendas of the greatest lovers of wine in the world. He saves air miles from his trips to all the corners of the world and he has really seen it all. Paul Herman has been supplying top notch wine to Oud Sluis from the centre of the world for more than 30 years and we hope that he will continue to do so for another 30 years for The Jane!
We wanted to work in a friendly manner in Antwerp, just as we were used to doing in Sluis. We realised later, that we already had friends here! The people of Young Charly have followed and supported our new project from day one and have provided their advice. Young Charly has an enormous selection of gorgeous wines, with a strong preference for French top wines. We recognise quality, but also recognise passionate entrepreneurs, and if you have something in common, you can really enjoy working together.
We very much wanted to work with De Konick, the old city brewer of Antwerp. The brewery is a stone’s throw away from The Jane. Duvel Moortgat has taken over this brand and has given the quality of the beer and the brand a positive impulse. They have been able to appeal to a wider audience, and this is due to the proud people working for this company. We serve exclusive cellar beers in The Jane and the Upper Room Bar that are normally marketed due to their limited quantity. We owe this exclusive cooperation to the great people of Duvel Moortgat, who also helped design our beer mug. This tin mug was tested for its taste and we are unanimous that a Vedett tastes better in our beer mug.
Cheese master Van Tricht is widely known in Antwerp and Belgium. We have been working with them for many years and we decided to turn it around, instead of them delivering to Sluis, we came to the city! The cheese master and his son Frederic have opened a cheese shop in the former bottling plant of De Koninck brewery and we are practically neighbours!
What can we say about the quality of the cheeses? The cheeses speak for themselves. These cheeses are purchased directly from the manufacturers throughout Europe. Our guests can rest assured that the moment we serve Van Tricht’s cheeses, that they are perfectly ripe. You can actually take a look in their tasting room with a group of up to 15 persons. We regularly take our employees to them for a master class of father and son!
The company Dercor has been a stable partner of ours for many years for the house champagne. We have been serving the Jerome Dehours champagne to the great satisfaction of our guests and we even have our own champagne for each restaurant.
For the house champagne for The Jane, we opted for an assembly of old grape vines (vieilles vignes) of Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. We wish to express our thanks to our champagne creator Jerome Dehours and Luc Derumeaux of the company Dercor for creating another beautiful champagne!
Together with G-Star we launched a work wear collection at the time The Jane was opened: RAW Utility. This specially designed work clothing was the result of more than one year of close collaboration between the design department of G-Star and our own design team.
Authentic functionality always takes precedence at this top brand and for this unique collection we worked together to create a cool uniform for each position, both in the kitchen as for the service staff.
The fabric has been extensively tested and is kitchen proof. Anyone who sees us walking in our Type C pants and modern 3D fit, can see that this collection is perfect!
Our hostesses welcome you in the stylish and exciting clothing of Fashionclub 70 of Luc and Miguel Dheedene. Fashionclub 70 has been able to capture our feeling on how we think about the reception, professionalism and rock ‘n’ roll. Our collaboration started in Pure-C, but we were friends before that time. We are happy that we worked with their best stylists for this project and are proud that our ladies are able to represent both The Jane as Fashionclub 70.
We have designed sneakers together with Virginie Morobé of March 23 for the entire The Jane team, which is fully adapted to our working environment. We have given these exclusive sneakers an anti-slip sole and the material used is a high-quality leather. Because we wanted to diversify, we designed high and low sneakers, which our staff are very happy to wear.
We felt strongly about the perfect fit and the cool look, but also wanted our sneakers to be tough and to be able to withstand long days and hard restaurant life. After having put the sneakers to a real test for a couple of weeks, we are convinced that Virginie has succeeded in incorporating all our requirements in our own De Jane sneakers!
And then the designer Michaël Verheyden, what a designer and what a great guy! His talent has not gone unnoticed by the best current design magazines, national as well as international. After years of hard work, he is finally recognised and his designs are sold worldwide to the best shops from New York to Tokyo and from Shanghai to Copenhagen.
He not only designs and makes the table accessories in a great variety of materials such as leather, bronze, wood and marble, this multi-talented man is also one of the best handbag designers at the moment. For The Jane, Michaël made leather baskets in different sizes and looks, as well as candlesticks and vases. His Limburg modesty prevents him from saying it, but we will: we consider him one of the great Belgian designers, along with Willy Van Der Meeren, Jules Wabbes and Maarten Van Severen. We have agreed to continue working together for a very long time, because this project gave us a taste of things to come.
Two enormous pots of Atelier Vierkant, which are positioned in perfect symmetry in front of the chapel, were made in the West Flemish village of Beernem. We have known each other’s work for many years and are loyal towards each other. Dries, Ward and Bert Janssens have now taken over the company from their parents, who still work in the company. Their enthusiasm and ambition drives the brand to international heights.
We both believe in long-term relationships based on trust, friendship and quality, which is why our paths cross regularly. On the terrace of Pure-C we have nine large handmade design pots from this family business, high slim vases made of clay used to adorn the front door of Oud Sluis and we have again chosen this internationally operating company for the side terraces of The Jane.
Atelier Vierkant only works with designers and architects who incorporate the wonderful pots and furniture in their first design plans and design proposals. They have now opened a sales office annex showroom in San Francisco to attend to the demand of the North-American customers. Flanders should be proud of the fact that these good people stick to the philosophy that their great quality can only be guaranteed if the family can supervise the handmade production. The first impression of The Jane starts with Atelier Vierkant!
We have our own cushions! In The Jane, we have the most gorgeous cushions from one of the most faithful and best guests of restaurant Oud Sluis. Over the course of the years Iris and Robert have become great friends, they are wonderful people without pretences and always in a good mood.
We are extremely happy with the cushions from Rough Rugs, and so proud that these exclusive designs will be sold under the name The Jane! But what we enjoy more is that we have been able to have Iris, the owner of Rough Rugs, meet with the stylists of Piet Boon ®. The willingness of Iris and the trust of the Piet Boon ® Studio is how our ‘own’ cushions were designed. You can see them in The Jane and order them on RoughRugs.com.
In the toilets we wanted to have the quality of Geberit. A smart design that is fully incorporated in the serenity of the toilet areas, without being too obvious. We have made a combination of simple toilet systems and the state of the art toilet concept, AquaClean ®. Try the true feeling of wellness by a simple push on the button, and have a special experience in this location in The Jane.
More than once we were allowed to take a look at various porcelain artists and plate manufacturers. That is how, in the spring of 2013, and via Lieven of NKZ we came to visit Jars in the French Anneyron, located between Valence and Lyon.
Jars is a company that is more than 100 years old. This means they have more than a century’s worth of knowledge and expertise of the baking and glazing of ceramics, secrets that are transferred from generation to generation.
We seldom experience such a warm welcome as we received there. One of the three owners, Patrice, took us under his wing for the day. From coffee, to a tour and a wine tasting to the local specialist Andouillette, everything was explained to us with great pride and enthusiasm. After we had seen various models of plates in the warehouse, we discussed and decided on a new finish with the glazing specialist of the laboratory. We have chosen a beautiful, mineral and simple finish, which allows for a great quantity of creativity on the plate.
Besides a number of unique and special plates we have chosen to work with the coffee service as well. This service has been chosen by baristas and is valued by our customers, which is why we have decided to also use this service in Pure-C. We feel that our quality fully compliments the French craftsmanship of Jars.
Anyone who talks to our friend Piet Hein is inspired automatically. That is why our busy schedules prevent us from seeing as much of each other as we would like. Still, we keep track of each other. In Eindhoven, he has created a world that is so overwhelming that everyone who loves design should visit it: on 10,000 square metres you not only see his enormous collection, but you can also eat in his restaurant. For The Jane, Piet made two mirrors of harvested wood: a large one for the disabled toilet and a small one for the toilet of our private meeting room. And the famous stool of varnished harvested wood? We move it around a lot, as it looks great everywhere we put it.
We would hereby also like to put our graphic partner, Jimmy Lee, in the spotlight. We have been hiding her in a beautiful box for years, hidden from the world. The time has come to honour her, because we owe a lot to Jimmy; the house style, the sensitivity and the amazement. We have pushed and challenged her, always with the best results in mind. What she did for Oud Sluis and Pure-C, she did for The Jane, deadline after deadline, and we respect her greatly for that! A big kiss and a big hug from us. Thank you Jimmy Lee!
Marie Mees & Cathérine Biasino of the top label, The Alfred Collection, have designed the table linen for The Jane. The design of this soft, natural, tangible but ever so strong linen was inspired on the chessboard pattern of the original floor in the chapel. Besides the table linen, we also use Alfred Collection napkins in The Jane and Upper Room Bar, truly wonderful napkins!
The Alfred Collection, 2011 winner of the Wallpaper Magazine Design Awards, is known to true lovers of interior accessories, professional interior architects and stylists for the project market. This brand is mainly about the detail in the work, not the superficial details promoted by other linen manufacturers. Besides this deeper layer of finesse and quality, it was also the passionate love of Marie and Cathérine for their product that appealed to us.
This quality linen is woven by the Verilin company, a family business that is proud to bear the ‘Belgian Linen’ and ‘Masters of Linen’ trademarks. These quality labels represent a high quality with natural and organic fibres that were 100% woven in Belgium.
We feel that the superiority of this linen came from the passion of real people who believe in what they do and deliver what they promise. The energy of these passionate people can be felt in each fibre of these top quality Flemish products, from the designers Marie and Cathérine through to the realisation by Verilin.
The tension of The Alfred Collection can also be felt in the transparency of the curtains that close off the private meeting room from inquisitive eyes, but provide sufficient transparency to tickle one’s fantasy.
One of the partners in our interior is the company Indivipro. The exclusive fabric for our acoustic panels against the side walls of the chapel were created by this firm. Recommended by Piet Boon ®, we have again found a partner who has a reputation and deserves praise and fame!
We have been able to achieve the excellent acoustics with the company Mutrox, who have installed the necessary receptors in all the areas. In order to achieve the Piet Boon ® finish, we were happy to call in the quality of Indivipro.
Our music sounds a lot better due to these two companies and our guests get the right vibe directly upon entering The Jane. The chapel was our greatest challenge, and we are happy to be able to bring it all together.
In The Jane we have used taps talies S and Axor Uno 2 of Axor. The taps are a unique brushed black chrome colour; we were the first to use them in Belgium! Piet Boon ® has been able to perfectly integrate these taps in our plans, allowing us to differentiate ourselves in this way as well. The relation we have with the CEO of Hansgrohe, Mr. Philippe Harinck, goes back a couple of years. Philippe had dinner with us in Oud Sluis in honour of his birthday and noticed that all the taps were of his brand. After the dinner, he sent us an email to thank us for the experience and said that we could always contact him if we wanted to do something with him in future. A man is always true to his word. Since then, we know Philippe Harinck as being a man of his word and therefore being every inch a gentleman!
Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner! The wines that are served in the restaurant are the gorgeous and prize-winning new Wine Classics series of Zwiesel 1872.
In the many conversations we had preceding the concept of The Jane, we decided that we wanted to honour the wine in the restaurant in various ways.
The cellar of the chapel in our wine cellar is clearly visible for the guests and we had a wine installation made in the centre of the restaurants interior. This provides the sommelier with all the comfort of tailor made fridges and drawers, discretely and tastefully integrated in the interior.
Together with Schott Zwiesel we decided to go for the exclusive Wine Classics series. We found these elegant and still sturdy glasses at the trade fair in Frankfurt and we felt they have the ‘Jane feeling’, but they were not available in Belgium yet. The importer and manufacturer’s efforts and the opening of The Jane being postponed by two months, made it possible for us to be the first to have these glasses on our tables. It became clear that we made an excellent choice with these handmade crystal glasses six months after we placed our order.
The Wine Classics series was awarded with the prestigious Red Dot Design award, which, on the basis of the jury report, ‘combines the lightness and charm of the lines with artistic craftsmanship to a full functionality: the special and enjoyable experience’.
We couldn’t agree more!
Ever since his furniture collection Smoke, all eyes of the international art world are focused on designer Maarten Baas. For these series he burnt furniture, after which he coated them, thereby making them suitable for use again. His series Clay is a true gem; in this series he applies synthetic clay onto metal ‘skeletons’. This has resulted in organic, unique and almost rudimentary furniture. That is why we are extremely honoured to be able to present the table lamp, the chair and the stool from this series in The Jane. Not only because we are very impressed by the beauty, but mainly because their capricious shapes are a perfect match for the mystical atmosphere in our cellar.
If you talk about Oud Sluis, Pure-C and The Jane, then you talk about RR Interior Concepts! From chairs, stool, carpet, to sound board, advice and service. When we have an idea about a new interior, we immediately hop into the car and drive to Knokke to meet. The coffee is always ready, the welcome is always warm and the meeting to the point!
Rik Ruebens and his wife Sylvie are the heart and soul of RR Interior Concepts and they have brought together a team of specialists and trained them. The professionalism of this company exceeds Belgium’s borders by far. The locals in Knokke say that the Natiënlaan has been specially made for interior lovers from everywhere who want to visit this wonderful business for personal advice, styling and furniture of one of the countless brands RR represents, and we believe them!
We chose a number of different seating variations for The Jane. We chose the Dining Chair of the Danish traditional quality brand Fredicia from the black Spine collection and the Barstool for the Upper Room Bar which the brand shortened for us to a half high seat.
We wanted to have a lower seating area in the middle area of The Jane for a low dining experience. We thought this was luxurious, exciting and sexy and Rik convinced us to use the Feel Good of the Italian Flexform, a big, rotating jade green chair, designed by the master Antonio Citterio.
Opposite the tailor made couches are the Spine Dining Chairs, sleek and guiding you to the walkway to the altar where we cook. Don’t be fooled by the simple lines of the Spine Chairs, as these are made of 100 years of craftsmanship, by a company that does not compromise on quality. In order to indicate the exceptional quality of this project, we can tell you that one single visit of the management of Fredericia to RR Interior Concepts in Knokke, resulted in Fredericia giving RR Interior Concepts the exclusive license for the distribution of their furniture.
The beautiful doors in the ladies and gentlemen’s toilets and the private areas in the cellar are made by Bod’or, a Dutch brand with international allure. The high doors and the seemingly simple details are characteristic of the Piet Boon ® style. But anybody who knows about interiors, knows how hard less is. The details are incorporated in the high level of finish, the materials and the craftsmanship involved in the work.
The hinges and locks are made by Formani, as modest as the company is about its own product, so great is the first impression! The only goal of Formani is to provide a small, but real contribution to exclusive and high-quality interior concepts all over the world.
For the time we have known Piet Boon ®, we also know the partners with whom Piet works. Bod’or and Formani are in this case, the partners who also contributed to the strength and quality that the Piet Boon ® style stands for and defines it.
Serax has been invaluable to us during the opening of The Jane.
Not only did they provide us with the dinner service of Piet Boon ®, but they also did everything in their power to provide us with the plates of one of the greatest Belgian designers.
During a tour through the archives of the impressive head office in Kontich, we all fell totally in love with the collection of plates/dishes of Jules Wabbes. We just did not believe that nobody had discovered the endless potential of these gorgeous plates yet! The inspiration came automatically when we took these heavy plates in our hands; we immediately imagined a number of dishes and when you feel that, you know you have a winner.
We were extremely enthusiastic about our find and that did not go unnoticed. Everyone at Serax immediately did everything in their power to be able to deliver our order before the opening, and they succeeded, for which we are very grateful!
Besides the Wabbes plates and the diverse Base collection of Piet Boon ® for Serax, which offers endless combination options, our wine coolers in the bar were also made by this top-quality Belgian brand. During our visit to their HQ we saw even more things we have plans for!
We have gotten to know each other better during the setting up of The Jane. On the basis of respect and friendship, we decided to share more projects together in future. Because what’s better than working with professional partners you feel a kinship with; this will surely be continued!
NKZ, the Kortrijkse Zilver Centrale, of Lieven Verdonck has been supplying us with dinner services for many years. Lieven, whom is jokingly referred to by Jonnie Boer as the ‘plate pimp’ has been supplying us with dinner services for years, on which we can show what we can do.
As we value the presentation of our dishes, as much as originality, we have been travelling to international trade fairs a lot in recent years. We try to find something to suit our style and more often than not Lieven will contact the supplier.
We are now known for the exchanging of our plates and are followed by many. That is why we have decided to go for exclusive collaborations with manufacturers in order to distinguish ourselves with our presentations.
The positive reactions of our guests always provide us with the energy to keep searching and NKZ is one of our partners who help us do that!
Levro Parquet is another company we have been working with for many years. Levro laid and maintained the floors in Oud Sluis and Pure-C and we are very happy with their work.
We are proud that this strong Zeeland Flemish company choose us, as we chose Levro. They have laid the best floor we could want in the Upper Room Bar, a black herringbone pattern, which we thoroughly enjoy! Robert, thank you!
To us, Studio ID represents unlimited creativity and endless possibilities. Michiel and his peers in the workshop know no limit, form the silicon moulds we use in the kitchen and with which we have been surprising our guests for years, to the high end signalisation signs in The Jane.
Studio ID has played an important role in the constant search to renewal and improvement, and we have a number of new projects that will see the light soon after our joint approval. Their curiosity in the area of technique, production and materials is something we benefit from.
Our reasoning is therefore, if it does not exist, Studio ID can make it happen; and they have never let us down!
The Jane is happy and proud to work together with de Vanhaerents Art Collection. It is an honour and gift of God for us to be able to present some top pieces of the world famous and impressive collection to our guests. We have the Ring Jesus Inside and Ring Jesus Outside of Wim Delvoye. The Numb Skull, an enormous neon skull hanging suspended in the chapel was made by South-African artist Kendell Geers. We believe in this collaboration with Vanhaerents Art Collection; the sole purpose being sharing art.
Anyone who enters the stairs of The Jane and walks though the chapel doors, immediately sees Mathieu Nab furniture. This reception furniture weighs 500 kilos and is the first impression of The Jane. We immediately felt butterflies in our bellies and hope that our guests feel the same way. Everyone appreciates the beauty of this furniture that invokes ancient feeling that also reveals a deeper, delicate sensitivity. This item is typical of this Dutch artist, who works with wood, marble and other stone types. Besides artistic sculptures, Mathieu also works exclusively for Christian Liagre, the greatest and best interior designer in France at the moment. We are extremely happy that Mathieu fell in love with our project and promise that we will honour and take care of this work of art of nature.
Studio Job is famous around the world. This individual pair has won the best art and design prizes since 2000, and their work can be seen in the greatest museums in the world.
Job Smeets was the one who suggested to Mr. Water Vanhaerents to start a restaurant in the former chapel of the military site in Berchem. As Job did not see anyone else, we got together after a text and the rest is history. We have shared many years of friendship and a professional relationship, which has resulted in many objects and products for on the table as in the restaurant. For example, the dinner service collection made by Royal Tichelaar in Makkum and the bronze mussel pots designed exclusively for restaurant Oud Sluis in honour of Ronny Herman and the history of the legendary building at Beestenmarkt in Sluis.
Job and Nynke designed fifteen unique compositions for The Jane that adorn the enormous windows of the chapel, from iconic religious images to croissants, skulls and smileys. Upon entering the restaurant, you feel the magic of the building and you cannot stop looking at the many details and the subtle humour of the drawings. All the drawings were perfectly made in stained glass by the Steinfort company, who always supplies glass to Studio Job. The stained glass replaced the old glass in lead and is insulated, and is therefore up to date!
Job and Nynke designed twelve unique prints for The Jane that adorn the enormous windows of the chapel; when you enter the restaurant you feel the magic of the building and cannot stop looking at the details and the subtle humour of the drawings. We are always humble and thankful to be able to work in such a spectacular environment and show what we can do. We hope that we will be able to work there for a long time to come and with the beautiful art on the windows Job and Nynke are never far away, each and every day!
Rahi Rezvani, the photographer, the artist and the man with a vision. This man with a vision had to flee from Teheran and ended up in the Netherlands where he was able to show all of his artistic talents and he has gained impressive achievements. We are happy that our paths crossed years ago and that we have built up a warm and long-term relationship.
Rahi has applied his well-known style in the early stages, as we were forced to make a website due to the attention our project received. We felt this was a bit odd as this was more than a year before our opening. Many people asked us to keep a sort of diary so that anyone who was interested could follow us. As we all felt we were onto something special, we did not want to expose every detail, and we wanted to retain the magic until the day of the opening.
Rahi came with the plan to have a photo model perform a reversed striptease. Naked being the ruins of the chapel, up to the dressed in the uniform of the waitress in a fully equipped restaurant! A brilliant idea, but we received comments on it, various comments, voices and opinions that became silent as the art project progressed. Due to the power of this idea and our unconditional support to Rahi and the aid of Epesi we retained the performance of this idea.
Art has triumphed as the intention of Rahi has become clear and that is why we will repeat: Rahi is a man with a vision!
What can we say more about Sofie Lachaert and her husband Luc d’Hanis, other than that they are an inexhaustible source for us to continue where others stopped, to dig deeper in ourselves and to cross our boundaries beyond what we know? Much more… we can tell you a lot more! We could say that these are the sweetest and softest people we know and have supported us through thick and thin through the years. We could say that you should visit their B&B in Tielrode, so you know what we are talking about. We could say that you should visit each exposition they organise and we could say that you will be happy with an item of Luc and Sofie in your home, whatever it may be.
If you enter the cellar in The Jane, just take note of the mirrors in the ladies toilet! We have a gorgeous piece of work of old tin plates on which Sofie and Luc mirrors took lots of hours of manual work, but the result is truly amazing! They have again amazed us with their art and passion and have never seized to move us with the wonder of a new creation. Let it be clear that we belong together and that we will continue to amaze each other, as this is our joint mission!
This photographer, guitar player, cook, traveller and adventurer introduced himself to us though Facebook. As soon as we saw his work we were convinced. We invited him for lunch and asked him to document the first week of The Jane. The result of this photo shoot can be seen alongside the photos of PP de Meijer and Rahi Rezvani on this website. Why are we so enthusiastic about Eric? Because his photos are super powerful. Because he is able to think from our perspective due to his background in gastronomy. And because he is such a wonderful guy. We have not only gained a photographer, but also gained a friend. One who will certainly make waves in future.
He is a general practitioner, but Peter Paul has been our photographer for years. He works for clients such as Red Bull, O’Neill and Motion Analysis and provides photos for international magazines such as Traveller’s World, Whitebook China and Powder Magazine. We are therefore more than honoured that he found the time to make the photos for this website. And yes PP, we are again amazed by the result.
The stove in The Jane is the vocal point, which is why we sought a strong image above the kitchen. When we came across the work of the South-African artist Kendell Geers in the Vanhaerents Art Collection in Brussels, we were sold. What a power and force, extraordinary! When we saw Numb Skull, we were certain: there is no better work of art for the top of our chapel than this. We also don’t believe there is a better place for this skull than in the top of our chapel. Thank you Kendell Geers, for your generosity and, above all, for your mind blowing work.
We chose Pioneer for the sound installation in the Upper Room Bar. We wanted to have an atmosphere in the bar where you are absorbed by the music, and that is why we sought the help of specialists. Pioneer is a solid brand in the dance scene and it just so happened that we knew a couple of people in this scene. We were perfectly informed and assisted by our friends, and that is what you feel, the sound that you feel inside your belly!
The requirements with regard to sound are different in the restaurant and Bowers & Wilkins have helped us achieved this. Their warm sounds fill the former chapel and provide musical warmth. B&W made sure that additional care and attention was paid to the acoustics so that people can enjoy the atmosphere without any distractions. This company has so much knowledge and expertise, so much love for tone and sound that we recognised their passion in our love for cooking!
We have opted for the AM1 in the restaurant, the perfect speaker that is present, but still discrete. These loudspeakers from B&W made sure that the difficult space of the chapel is filled with the warm sounds of our music!