Location: Onstend, Belgium
Design: Stad Oostende , Vandekerckhove nv , Kerkhofs Peer
Contractor: Parket De Pauw
Photography: Nick Decombel Fotografie
Species: White Oak , Larch
The world renowned artist, James Ensor, lived in this house in Onstend (Belgium) from 1917 until his death in 1949. It was immediately transformed into a museum that introduces you to Ensor and his world.
When Coronavirus took the world by storm, the museum took the opportunity to restore the over 7,000 sq. ft. of oak and larch flooring to it's original beauty. They entrusted Parket De Pauw with this important responsibility.
In order to restore the James Ensor House to its former glory, a decision was taken at the beginning of the restoration to preserve the natural appearance of the wood. It was for this very reason that Parket de Pauw chose to use Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C. They chose the color Pure for the traditional oak floors and stairs to keep the natural look and feel. For the larch wooden floorboards, a 1:1 ratio of the colors Mist 5% and Smoke 5% were used. The result of this mixture was a natural look and feel that came closest to that of the original wooden flooring.