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Van der Meeren Willy

Van der Meeren Willy

Van Der Meeren initially followed the course of medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven in 1942. After one year, however, he broke down this education and decided to study architecture. He wrote to the Académie de Bruxelles in 1943, but soon he discovered that his modernist thinking was incompatible with the attitude within this institute. As a result, in 1944 he had to continue his education to Ter Kameren. Here he was surrounded by the most important Belgian modernists of the twentieth century.

Typical for Van Der Meeren was his interest in construction and mass production, and his social agility (one of the principles of Ter Kameren was that architecture is a matter for the mass, and not for the individual). He is also considered to be one of the most important Belgian furniture designers of the post-war period.