'Spel' by Michaël Verheyden

For the third time the Brioni Palazzo in Milan turns into the epicentre of creativity during the Salone del Mobile. You won't see any bespoke suits there during Milan design week but specially commissioned objects, installations, furniture, fashion, food and more by some of the world’s most respected designers, artists, craftsmen, brands and manufacturers. Yes, it's the Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition.

And since Belgium was voted one of the top 10 design nations in the world by Wallpaper, the presence of a Belgian designer was essential. The first Wallpaper* Handmade Exhibition in 2010 featured Belgian designer Stefan Schöning. Last year and also this year Wallpaper* commissionned designer Michaël Verheyden who is exhibiting next to the likes of Alfredo Häberli, Aldo Bakker, David Rockwell and Paul Cocksedge. Michaël studied industrial design. Before starting his own company in 2002 he worked for Raf Simons.

Verheyden chose to create a games table called Spel, large enough to seat eight people, covered in soft nappa leather, with oak legs and brass detailing. The table houses a secret compartment (with a brass handle engraved with the Handmade seal by Belgian engraving company Mauquoy to store games and playing cards. Four small brass trays, connected to the table legs and hidden under the table can hold each player's dice or glass of whiskey. This table gives the I Love Belgium team an instant craving to pull out that deck of cards. Gambling has never been so stylish!

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