Having quit my studies in architecture because of a lack of ideas, I packed my bags and took on my first graphic jobs in Afghanistan during the late seventies. Making menus in exchange for cakes, decorating houses that offered me a bed, I enjoyed the simple life of a village at the feet of the Bamyian Buddhas.
On returning to Europe I finished my studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of Leuven, writing a hopelessly overblown thesis on Nietzsche. Concluding that I had better things to do than writing books or teaching, I walked and did not look back. I set up a graphic studio in Belgium where during long years I made many brochures and other things with texts and pictures.
When for the first time I set eyes on the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue, the lights of a billboard flipped on in my mind: "Always Be Ready For A Surprise In Life". It was under that lucky star that I came upon La Maison du Vallon in 2003. I love skyscrapers, you too?