food, religion & rock’n roll

it’s festive season soon… and this restaurant in a former church somehow fits the mood…

the jane in antwerp

michelin-star chef sergio herman and chef nick bril created their “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” restaurant vision together with piet boon in a mythical location in antwerp –  the chapel of a former military hospital.

the shared passion of herman, bril and boon to work with pure, rich materials is expressed in the interior in which qualitatively outstanding natural stone, leather and oak wood are used. moreover piet boon studio, as with many of her projects, collaborated with a number of leading creative partners to shape the “fine dining meets rock ’n roll” character of the overall experience.

job smeets and nynke tynagel of studio job designed the windows consisting of 500 unique panels. inspired by the chapel’s original function, foam spatulas, sunflowers, devils, skulls, babies, jezus on the cross, dice, apple cores, wrenches, ice cream cones, a canon, croissants, penguins, trophies, gas masks and birthday cakes portray a contemporary translation of the old stained-glass windows. archetypes from various worlds each tell masterpiece stories of good and evil, rich and poor, life and death as well as good food and religion.

the ‘piece de résistance’ in the center of the restaurant is a 800 kilograms-weighing gigantic chandelier of 12 by 9 meters with over 150 lights, designed by the beirut-based design studio .PSLAB. the chandelier was created in such a way that it contributes to the intimate and ambient divinity of the chapel interior.

all in all, the jane sound like a perfect symbiosis and definately worth a visit!













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