Session 2: Love. Daybed Wolfers (Comfort Zone)

a conversation with Richard Venlet, Herman Daled, and Bart Verschaffel

In 2015, Richard Venlet developed a daybed inspired by the floor plan of Hôtel Wolfers, a modernist town house in Brussels built by Belgian architect Henry Van de Velde in 1929. At La Loge, the daybed – a comfort zone dedicated to reflections on architecture – will physically be present, facilitating a conversation about how the love triangle between the edifice, the architect and the dweller unfolds into either intimate relationship or dark romance.


Richard Venlet (AU, °1964) is an artist whose work combines art and architecture history research, exhibition design and sculpture. Altering spatial conditions by means of carefully designed interventions, his “environments” lay bare the ways in which architecture influences the experiences of bodies passing through. Venlet’s artistic practice is complemented with regular collaborations with designers and architects, including Joris Kritis and OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen.

Bart Verschaffel (BE, 1956°) is Professor of Theory of Architecture and Architectural criticism. He holds an MA in Medieval History and a PhD in Philosophy. He has published widely in the fields of Architectural Theory, Theory of History, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Culture. Monographical publications include: Rome/Over theatraliteit (1990); Figuren/Essays (1995); Architecture is (as) a Gesture (2001), À propos de Balthus (2004); Van Hermes en Hestia. Teksten over architectuur (2006, 2010²); Nature morte, portrait, paysage. Essais sur les genres en peinture (2007);De zaak van de kunst (2011), Charles Vandenhove. Architecture/architectuur (2014).