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Nortstudio was founded by Jef De Brabander and Kathleen Opdenacker in 2016. Our studio and workshop is based in Antwerp.

After working on our individual projects, we decided to team up and start working as a couple together. We immediately experienced the advantages of working as a couple. Complete trust, understanding each other and never blaming one another, made it right from the start.

We design and create together. During this process we bring together our own vision and opinion. Kathleen’s approach is rooted in graphic design, an eye for detail and a broad interest in materials. Jef’s approach is rooted in industrial engineering, profound knowledge of techniques and various craftsman's skills. The interaction that takes place between us plays an important role leading up to the outcome of a final product.

Having 4 kids has made it crucial for us to search the right work-life balance. It’s a challenge, but our kids also guarantee us  to sometimes take a break when needed and to just enjoy.

Together we live and work in the North of Antwerp. This multicultural neighborhood is full of contrasts of all sorts. Finding harmony throughout an enormous variety is a daily challenge. Putting inspiration from our environment, the name of our studio is diverted from the word 'North'.


Design Anthology
Feeling Wonen/Gael Maison
Elle Deco India
Deco Home
ABSoluut magazine
Saint-Gobain (glass solutions)
Elle Deco Spain
Elle Deco France
Architectural Digest Clever 
Standaard Magazine
De Morgen Magazine


Past events

Biennale Kortrijk : bench URBAN SHAPES
Paris Designweek : collection FORM
Collectible Fair with Gallery Victor Hunt.: bench URBAN SHAPES - collection FORM - collection GRAPHIC
Contemporary Cluster Rome: collection FINITE/INFINITE - wall objects LMNM III



Ace&Tate : Retail design Shop Cologne
Ace&Tate : Retail design shop Vienna
Ace&Tate : Retail design shop London BatterseaPowerStation
Fest Amsterdam : Candle Holder Nort

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