The cultural exchange between Glanders and the Republic of Genoa dates back to the 15th Century when there were close ties between traders and bankers in the two countries. Fleish paintings and tapestries were avidly collected by the Genoese banking families.
At the beginning of the 17th Century, Genoa rapidly became the financial centre of Europe and its patricians acted as a magnet for artists. Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyck both visited the trading centre and immortalised its aristocracy in sumptuous portraits, influencing generations of artists. Moreover, Rubens copied the magnificent architecture of the Genoese palazzi in drawings he later published in book form.
In the furrow traced centuries ago, GioBagnara commissioned Glenn Sestig to design a new range of products in which the craftsmen of Ligurian Coast and a Flemish Master meet again.
This is how the Lloyd Collection was born.
The Belgian architect imagined this design as a blending of East and West, and therefore, it doesn't fit neatly into either lineage. As with all of this architecture, Sestig sees in this project the possibility of an interaction between elegance and substance. The resulting design is decorative, hybrid creation where the succession of solid and void spaces breaks the monolithic vision. Lloyd is a collection where natural elements such as a dark-stained Canaletto walnut wood, travertine, cashmere and wool play a calm symphony of craftsmanship, serenity and aesthetics.
About Glenn Sestig
Glenn Sestig, born in 1968 in Ghent, Belgium, graduated from the Henri Van De Velde institute and in 1999 established a practice together with painter Bvardk. From the outset, their work focussed on extreme precision, on a construction with such mastery of the architectural line, proportions and perspective that it is easy to forget the careful consideration that will have gone into their design and creation.
In addition to the material and its interpretation, transparency and the play of reflection suggest, rather than illustrate, the endeavours that have resulted in the real grandeur of some projects, primarily places for public use. Glenn Sestig Architects is synonymous with contemporary chic. His work can be seen as unrelentingly urban and contemporary - materials are exclusive and its combinations are renewing and unique.
To give his work coherence, the architect uses his own method of calculation, a sort of mental model from which flow the intelligence, equilibrium and soul of a place. Each completed work is considered as a minor work of art wherein art and fashion are essential sources of inspiration. The architecture is no longer a movement in time but becomes a declaration of a global luxurious lifestyle.
With regular publications in renowned magazines and recognition in global architectural awards, Glenn Sestig has earned his place as one of the most noticeable architects out there.