Founded by Marianne Cauwels and her daughter Ines Van Goethem in 2016, they describe Belgian design as playful, personal and rather extraordinary. As a team, they ensure craftsmanship and quality in all the products they offer.
Belgium is located in the centre of Europe and has had the unique opportunity to absorb the best of European design. The Belgian House was an idea that developed over time. Marianne was always in the know about what was happening in the creative industry in Belgium and met many designers and artists personally. That raised a question. Why are they not out there? Why do I not see these people in other cities? And why, if they are represented in an international city, are they not labeled Belgian?
Marianne contacted all of these designers and artists suggesting they work together. All the designers currently featured, they have known for a long time which is why they can assure customers of the quality, the artist’s dedication to their work and their ethical production runs.
Our first supplier was Que Onda Vos, founded by Hanne De Wyngeart. She knew she wanted to make a difference with her company and discovered her product while travelling through Guatemala. She fell in love with the Guatemalan weaving culture and asked a small family there to work with her. Hanne designs her carpets and send them to Guatemala and then the family is able to edit the designs to show Guatemalan culture. They use 100% wool and natural dyes to make their products. Read more about her here.
In the last year we have been going on to represent Domani, AP collection, Henry Dean, Bulo, DV Design and others.
Our latest addition is DCEMBER bags, a young start up by a mom who was inspired by her children. She designs purses/bags which can be customized to you. You can pick leather or canvas, short strap or long strap, wide flap or thin flap, regular flap or creative flap, … You can find her products here.
Professionals and the public are welcome to come and see some of these innovative Belgian designs at Dudoc Vancouver or online at https://www.thebelgianhouse.ca.
Priva creates a climate for growth. Whether companies want to improve operating results, maximize crop yields or find the ideal living and working environment, the products and services for process optimization allow them to perform at a high level.
Priva leads the way in the development and production of technology for the optimization of environmental conditions and process management. The company develops hardware and software and supply services for process management and climate control in non-residential buildings, in horticulture and in industry.
Priva offers businesses a broad overview of the crucial operating processes, giving them insight and enabling them to retain optimal control of their processes. This facilitates sustainable returns and helps create ecologically sound living and working environments that anticipate the physical and mental needs of people plants and animals, thus increasing well-being all around.
For Priva, everything revolves around people. When you let people use their talents and give them plenty of room for development, it brings out the best in Priva’s people, in the people of the Priva partners, dealers and end users. We link people together in productive ways. The knowledge, experience and energy released in the process is used as input and inspiration for Priva’s shared development. This creates a climate of mutual respect and commitment in which growth and development go hand in hand.
Earth Charter Cities is a collaborative movement that brings together passionate amateurs, experts, organizations and frameworks from across the world to inspire exponential improvements in principle areas of the Earth Charter and Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.
The Earth Charter Cities Manifesto is a call to action for all of us. It was developed by Gerben van Straaten of World of Walas to help communities realize the Earth Charter. After an almost 2 year drafting process with key stakeholders of the Earth Charter, the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto was launched in The Hague in 2010.
Dudoc Vancouver has the Earth Charter as its fundamental principle. We are proud to be the voice of Earth Charter Cities in Canada.
When Basten Leijh of Bleijh created the first concept of the Sandwichbike there was no way of knowing the road it was going to take. Thanks to the continual enthusiastic online interest in the concept, the Sandwichbike remained on the drawing table, even in the years when other projects demanded Bleijh’s attention. After much hard work, the Sandwichbike can be pre-ordered and last fall the first two bikes were shipped and delivered at Dudoc Vancouver.
Inspired by the concept of flat packing and home assembly, Basten Leijh of Bleijh, together with Pieter Janssen, designed a bike made out of two wooden plates. Apart from the obvious advantages flat packing has for shipment, the use of two wooden plates gives freedom of printing and cutting techniques, making it possible to give each bicycle its own unique identity.
The Sandwichbike is true Dutch innovative design and for sale at Dudoc Vancouver.
Tag Safety & Security (TS&S) is a leading company for wireless security. With their design, manufacture and deployment of wireless security systems, they cover many applications in construction site security and building site security.
For temporary security needs, TS&S offers the most effective solution in terms of flexibility, efficiency and cost. The solutions offered use the most appropriate combination of detection for the site, all operating without the need for permanent power supplies and using wireless and mobile network connectivity.
TS&S provides a complete security service to customers, from surveying and risk analysis to specifying the equipment solution. The installation and maintenance of the equipment together with monitoring and rapid response security service all combines to make the service delivery the most complete one-stop-shop service available.
Hotsofa transforms a radiator into a comfortable seating area, creating a warm gathering spot beside the window. It’s the only sofa that makes space instead of taking it up!
Hotsofa has become an instant classic thanks to its unique design. Each sofa has its own serial number and the designer’s signature. Hotsofa is Dutch Design, produced in the Netherlands and now you are able to buy your own unique sofa at Dudoc Vancouver.
As a designer, Co de Smalen is always looking for functional designs that will fill our modern lives with pleasure. And best of all is to discover a meaningful product application that nobody has yet thought of. This was the case with Hotsofa. Many people seeing Hotsofa for the first time can’t believe that it’s actually a novelty. That’s why Co’s design motto is: “Good things seem to have existed forever”.
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Walas has continued to look for ways to improve and build on the success of Carbon6. The CarbonBlue project offers a solution to further reduce the energy costs and reliance on the energy grid, and to transition to cleaner energy sources in a wholistic and integrative way.
The Walas team was concerned about the energy use of Carbon6 and tackled this problem with their signature creativity and systems thinking approach. Leveraging the spacious parking lot, they came up with a comprehensive solution. While parking space cannot be eliminated, mounting panels on an elevated structure that covers the lot will not only solve the problem of the solar panel placement, it can also provide filtered light during the day, capture rain water, clean the surrounding air and water, create jobs and provide a green retreat for the community, all while making the project economically profitable. New business models including a car wash and energy storage will add to the financial success.
The Carbon Blue project will feed the solar energy into the building as well as charging stations for electric vehicles, meeting an expected 30% of the energy demand of the Carbon 6 complex. The first solar structure is well under way, and already showing returns, with the remainder of the structure expected to be complete by the summer of 2017.
We believe that cities are about people, not buildings. We create vital cities and urban areas. We see the promise of worn down urban areas. Where others are blind to them, we bring them back to life. We love empty factories and other old building. We believe in their strength and the meaning of their souls. We think that people like to visit those places and experience them. We find those old buildings generous and believe they can be fantastic places for people to live, work, create and recreate. We are convinced that it is best to do this with the inhabitants and the new users. This vibrant, urban world is our stage to create a sustainable and vital city. Cities that are social, cultural and interactive, honest and just, economically as well as ecologically powerful, and therefore valuable and efficient.
We are driven by a passion for people. We want everyone in the city to enjoy life, work and recreation. Team Walas works on the city, our urban community of life, to make them vital, resilient and sustainable. We strive for enduring and respectful relationships, and for collaboration with anyone who wants to co-evolve. We want to share our ideas and our knowledge and we open our minds to those of others. We want to develop the best urban places and communities with access for all.
Our values are: creativity, sociality, sustainability, communication, connectivity, vitality, liveability, honesty and delivering value. We maintain the principles of the Earth Charter and the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto.
At Walas, we continuously works to improve our knowledge and best practice. We focus on targets, results, and people.
One of the iconic images for Netherlands is the windmill – and now wind energy is one of the fastest growing forms of sustainable energy production worldwide.
Windchallenge, a spin-off company from the Technical University of Delft, is run by wind-energy specialists Sander and Eline Mertens. They developed a “plug and play” turbine – a new generation of small wind turbines – after four years of research and testing.
The patented Windchallenge 1.7 features blade tilt for better performance and higher reliability. It’s quiet, efficient and affordable, and can be combined with solar panels. Easily transportable, it can be set up on rooftops, lampposts or greenhouses – or for placement as a sustainable energy source for charging station for e-car, e-scooter or eBike.
The rotor diameter of the Windchallenge is 1.7 meters and the mill weighs about 10 kilograms. With its moving mast of 5 meters the total weight is about 90 kg. It can be installed without a crane and the associated high costs of producing decentralized renewable electricity. It generates around 500 kWh per year at a wind speed of 4m/s and 900 kWh per year at 9m/s. The turbine’s high-energy yield is due to the fact that the blades automatically adjust their position to the speed and direction of the wind.
The Windchallenge 1.7 could be ideal for areas in Canada that get extreme weather. The company challenged the design to see how it would operate in harsh conditions, including ice accumulation, storm and power failure and it passed all tests with flying colours according to Dutch certification for small wind turbines.
The Windchallenge 1.7 has been designed and tested in accordance with IEC 61400-12 International Certification and Dutch Assessment for small wind turbines. Additional advantages are that it can make a visible contribution to local energy, reinforce sustainability policy and involve employees in energy saving.
The content of wallets is changing. Coin and paper money are increasingly being replaced by high-tech cards with computer chips and built-in antennas. This increases the ease of use, but also the risks. SECRID wallet drastically decreases the risk. The Cardprotector is the secure heart of a SECRID wallet. With one simple movement, cards slide out of the Cardprotector in overlapping sequence. The innovative Cardprotector protects important cards. The smooth leather jacket of the SECRID wallet envelopes the Cardprotector and offers space for extra cards and coins.
Secrid wallets are designed and manufactured in the Netherlands because it is important to get quality, working conditions and environmental care right. The fact that the wallets are produced on a large scale in the Netherlands is unique.
Secrid Wallet works with specialist manufacturers – such as a modern leather studio housed in a historic warehouse in the heart of Schiedam. In the production process, original materials are combined with modern technologies, ensuring good working conditions and high quality products. The employees of a social enterprise in Leiden assemble the products with great enthusiasm.
The SECRID Cardprotector won a Red Dot Design Award (2010) and the Aluminium Award (2012).
Secrid products Dutch Design is for sale at Dudoc Vancouver.