Easily one of our favorite stops in the Kloosterstraat -a street in the center of Antwerp housing many antiques and design stores- is VIAR. The store, run by shop owner Verlaine, is a classic in the Kloosterstraat, having been there since 15 years. The huge and beautiful, loft-like space is filled with an eclectic mix of vintage design furniture (roughly ranging from the 40′s till the 80′s). Apart from the unique furniture pieces, they also sell a smaller selection of vintage clothing, often including real haute-couture treasures.
The collection changes rapidly, always presented impeccably and often incorporating dramatic statement pieces – I remember seeing a vintage Cadillac cabriolet in the showroom, as well as a 2-meter wide Victorian (?) birdhouse lately. The furniture is always in excellent (used) condition, and although the pieces might look expensive, it’s definitely possible to find some real steals here – best example is the set of Chesterfield sofa’s we’ve bought there a few years ago. Bonus: the huge wood burning fireplace, creating and irresistible cozy atmosphere, and the fact that the shop is open on Sunday, just as the other design shops in the Kloosterstraat, which makes for the perfect Sunday stroll on a sunny afternoon!
+32 (0) 497 57 57 69
Opening hours: Monday-Sunday: 14:00 - 18:00