Antwerp based textile designer Nathalie Van der Massen and interior architect Charlotte Vlerick join forces in a first joint project. The Belgian designers share the same passion for aesthetics and the timeless aspect of design.

About Nathalie Van der Massen

Nathalie Van der Massen (°88) works as a designer in the field of textile and graphic design, interior and architecture. After finishing her Master in Graphic Design at Sint Lucas Antwerp, she went to LUCA Ghent to do an extra Master in Textile Design. During this study period she was selected for a residency at the Textile Museum in Tilburg and did internships for an Italian fashion company in Como and later for fashion designer Christian Wijnants. In 2016 Van der Massen is invited to do a research and exhibition commissioned by the Flemish Architecture Institute (VAi). In 2018 she takes the leap as a full-time designer with the establishment of her own design studio and the launch of her first collection.

About Charlotte Vlerick | HIJA Studio

After her Master Interior Architecture at the Henry Van de Velde Institute, Charlotte Vlerick (°87) chose to do an internship abroad to study the design and execution of art installations. In 2010, she worked at SOFTlab in New York on the (N)arcissus installation in the Frankfurt art center. She then started working as a designer at Marcel Wanders Studio in Amsterdam. Here she is among other things project leader for their 'Pinned Up' exhibition that highlights the complete oeuvre of one of the Netherlands' leading designers. After several years of working experience in Brazil, her love for warm minimalism and brutalism grows with an eye towards the unique use of materials. In 2018 she resolutely opts for her own style and starts her design studio under the name HIJA.