From chic to rugged

There are many facets to country life, with contrasting construction and interior styles.

For the 2023/2024 furniture season, the Bauwens group presents a range of rural spheres: from the genteel country house to the romantic cottage, to the rustic, robust farmhouse. You see variations on the lighter oak trend and the new noce-black colour theme. The collections hail from the Bauwens (KD) and MDR (premium) stable.

The Raphaël living room range steals the show with its noce-black finish. This colour may take a little getting used to, but you should make the effort: soft black promises to be the new trend. In any case, it gives Raphaël its refined style that will chime well with stately country houses and more luxurious cottages. The design is the epitome of symmetry. The table is a cross between a straight-sided and an oval shape. Even on the narrow sides, there is ample seating space. The only exception to the uni-black? The glass-fronted cabinet has a light oak interior, which better showcases the objects on display.

The other ranges are clearly contrasting, some more than others. The Stefan range is characterised by the ‘Canyon oak’ with striking knots and burls. Its (sliding) doors have an alternating pattern of wide and narrower planks, as though they have been picked out at random. The cabinet and tabletops are a generous 5 cm thick. This rustic style is reminiscent of farms. The Syrco range goes one step further with its sturdy metal handles on the planked panel doors and drawers.

The Sacha range is in a league of its own. Above all due to the trendy combination of the natural ‘Canyon-oak’ with ‘natural stone’, aka a marble look in Melamine. In this case, the natural stone is used on the fronts. Sacha sets itself even further apart with its mega handles and pre-assembled delivery. This range is clearly an MDR product.