MICHAEL GUERISSE O'LEARY
founder and designer of his eponymous brand
Born 1977 in Waterloo/Belgium. After graduating from the Victor Horta Institute of Architecture in Brussels, he studied leatherwork at Les Arts et Métiers de Bruxelles under a master craftsman from the Maison Delvaux.
Living in Brussels downtown, he loves jogging to discover hidden architecture details. But his most favorite pastime is exploring the surrounding flea-markets to dig out the perfect object.
my preferred spot for a morning coffee
59 rue de Flandre
my favourite cultural institution
ARGOS CENTRE FOR ART AND MEDIA
Rue du chantier 13
here’s where I buy my books
55 rue de Flandre
an additional local shop I support
53 rue de Flandre
this is where I go for a simple dinner with friends
50 rue de Flandre
no website (but tell Filippo I sent you!)
here I dine when there’s something to celebrate
86 rue de Flandre
my favourite pizza spot
LA BOTTEGA DELLA PIZZA
39 rue Ducpétiaux
my bar of choice
91 rue du Marché au Charbon
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MICHAEL GUERISSE O'LEARY, Brussels
In Michael Guérisse O’Leary's designs one can see architectural influence subtly expressed through geometric and sculptured forms.
As a tribute to his grandfather, he decided to name his brand after him. Albert Guérisse was a member of the Belgian resistance during the Second World War. After Belgium was forced to surrender, he escaped to Great Britain to continue the fight under the cover name of "Pat O’Leary".
In 2015, Michael opened a boutique-atelier named Ernest together with designer Aurore Havenne. Here they establish direct contact with their customers. The shop is a warm place, ideal for exchanging and telling the story of the objects they create and select.
added august 2018
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