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Louis de Limburg Stirum is working since 1992 as a freelance designer. While he was studying, he realised different projects in the studios of famous designers. He worked for several years at the very prestigious design studio from Axel Enthoven in Antwerp. "There I really learned the  job. And still today I thank Axel Enthoven to have given me the opportunity to work with him.”


After having finished his studies at la Cambre Industrial design section  in 1989, Louis joined the army. One year later he completed his army duties as an officer in the cavalry. It was time for another challenge and, together with two friends, Louis decided to buy an old Toyota Landcruiser and to visit some African countries.


From Brussels they travelled through Morocco, Algeria, Nigger, Chad, Cameroon, Central Africa , Zaïre (the actual Congo) and Rwanda. "When I arrived in Rwanda I was alone because my friends decide to continue the trip, and I for familial reasons had to come back... 

I remember perfectly that I had no money, no job and no place to sleep. Very luckily I could manage these problems by working in a small factory called "Rwanda pub" and so I could pay my way back flight ticket...”


Back in Belgium Louis started to work as an industrial designer for several companies. Later on he founded his own company Stirum Design.


After his first client, Villeroy&Boch, many national and international labels followed such as Ethnicraft, Rometti, Vervloet-Faes, Hermès, Eternum, Koozo and Puiforcat. Louis de Limburg Stirum combines contemporary elegance with industrial design in an artisanal way. He also teaches at the College of Advertising and Design in Uccle (Belgium).

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