Mechelen, 7th October 2009, Marie Wabbes, spouse of designer Jules Wabbes, and Dirk Busschop, CEO of home and office furniture manufacturer BULO, have signed a transfer of rights contract for the release of all Jules Wabbes designs.


Four furniture collections will be released on 10th December 2009 in preview while the entire collection will be unveiled on 15th April 2010. Artistic direction of production will be under the direction of designer Luc Vincent.

According to Dirk Busschop, producing Jules Wabbes’s creations meets BULO’s requirements in terms of design, quality and service. Jules Wabbes, whose talent was lost to the world in 1974, is an example to the latest generations of designers. By bringing out his furniture, we are paying homage to the modernity of a talented designer.

For her part, Marie Wabbes is delighted that Jules Wabbes’ designs are once again available all over the world. At BULO, I have found the same concern for quality which drove my husband. I know that his designs will be produced with the greatest respect for his work.


Born on 18th March 1919 in Saint Gilles, Jules Wabbes without doubt stood for Belgian design in the 1960s and 70s. Initially an antiques dealer and decorator, in the 1950s he designed the interiors for Sabena airline’s DC 6C and DC 7B aircraft. There followed a series of interior design lay-outs, including the International Science Hall at the Brussels Universal Exhibition, the Belgian royal couple’s apartment on board the Godetia and the offices of the banks Crédit Communal and Générale de Banque. A lover of fine materials, he also designed his own ranges of furniture and established Le Mobilier Universel, a production and distribution company. His tables, desks and bookcases, made from glued blocks of end-grain exotic woods, or bois de bout, very quickly became his trademark. His lighting and accessories also demonstrated his mastery of metal working. These were the basis for the international reputation enjoyed by his designs, designs of simple form and timeless elegance.


Founded in 1963 by Walter Busschop, the BULO firm very soon became a leading company in office concept and design. Of particular note in their range are the H2O desk, designed by Claire Bataille and Paul Ibens, the Easy Rider chair by Danny Venlet, Jean Nouvel’s Normal collection and the “carte blanche” collection featuring renowned designers such as Ann Demeulemeester, Vincent Van Duysen, Bob Van Reeth and Maarten Van Severen, among others. In 1987, BULO moved onto the international scene with the creation of show rooms in London and Amsterdam and concept stories in Luxembourg and Prague.

Illustration captions:

Marie Wabbes, widow of designer Jules Wabbes, and Dirk Busschop, BULO CEO

Small lamp. Brass, 14.2 cm X 17 X 19.5


Jules Wabbes, BULO, photographer Luc Vincent

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