Isabeau Paape

“Aimez-vous les uns les autres”

Brussels

Maker Next Door presents Isabeau Paape, the Brussels designer of “Aimez-vous les uns les autres” candles !

INTERVIEW MAKER NEXT DOOR

MND : Can you introduce yourself in a few words ?

IP : I am what is currently called a neo-artisan. That is to say that I am a graduate of La Cambre and after having worked for more than 15 years in the digital world by creating my own company, I started creating crafts. With the speed at which technology evolves (I am a passionate person), and the “virtual” creation, I felt the need to find meaning in this unbridled quest. Create a product that I can smell, touch or give as a gift. Candles appeared to me naturally, because they create an atmosphere, magical moments filled with emotions. My mother used to give me a candle every year at Christmas, which must have influenced me!

MND :  Can you explain your background ? 

IP : I studied at La Cambre, in the “Typography & Graphic Design” section. I don’t know if we can talk about vocation in the first place. Over the years I have spent at the Abbey, I have become passionate about the letter. I was missing a dimension with the paper. So I naturally turned to digital, going through various start-ups and companies, and then created my own graphic design and digital creation company. After 15 years of good and loyal service, I decided to ease off and change course. Graphics and digital are of course still present, it is my breadcrumb trail.

MND : What made you want to start creating ?

IP : After years of intensive creation in the service of the virtual, I needed concrete creation, to put my hands in the material. Since the candle is an object that has always been present in my home, I started to learn about its manufacture. I had the need and the desire to create a beautiful object/project from A to Z, mastering each step of the creation and production process, without any compromise as to my ideal of quality.

MND : How long have you been doing this ?

IP :  It has been 2 years now that I have been training myself in the art of the candle, and that I am constantly refining my product: from the website to the packaging. I have one flaw: I want everything to be perfect. Until the day I told myself that because I wanted to constantly improve the product, I would never release it. So I opened an ephemeral shop on rue Haute at the beginning of November 2018. It was an incredible experience. Sometimes there was a line in my store, I couldn’t believe it! So I signed a commercial lease in the same place.

MND : What’s your hobby on the side ?

IP : It’s hard to say because I’m passionate about everything. I can’t separate the hobbies from my daily activity. What I like to do, I always manage to turn it into a project! I have been practicing Thai boxing for more than a year, it allows me to let off steam on the one hand, to demystify someone’s “defensive” presence, and it is a fabulous school for tenacity. Every movement, however difficult it may be, eventually becomes natural because it is repeated. I transpose this teaching into my project. I know that with regularity, I can do anything. Even when you’re at the end of your rope, you still have a resource inside you.

ADVICE MAKER NEXT DOOR

All Isabeau’s superb candles come from the circular economy or from recycling, the raw materials of France, in Grasse for perfumes and vegetable wax.

Discover his small shop/workshop at 69 rue Haute in 1000 Brussels, which is called “Aimez-Vous les Uns les Autres”. Decorated in Japandi style, come and sit in the armchairs by the fire and discover all the scents of this wonderful shop.

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