Sharing the wood floored atelier above Avenue Louise 134 with Bruxellois pattern designers PieceOfChic, is yet another duo team running the graphic design studio, Stoëmp. GAETANO and WOJCIECH both come across as an incredible force and their love for living life is quite apparent. Why, even their studio name is gastronomically influenced! Have a look.
GABRIEL : WOJCIECH, GAETANO, hot rumour has it that you two enjoy some mega beers.
GAETANO : Belgium is The Beer Kingdom! We love drinking Jupiler. Sometimes WOJCIECH likes a good fresh Orval or a Green Duvel. But I go for Ricard on the rocks.
GABRIEL : I noticed you two use Marshall headphones at your desks. What music comes pounding through them of late?
GAETANO : It’s true we're music lovers, especially WOJCIECH. For the moment we're listening to the last album of The Mighty Progerians – Degeneration.
GABRIEL : Who or what has been your most influential source of inspiration?
GAETANO : ALT studio! (Private joke.) We find inspiration in the every day: a joke with a friend or 172 hours of blogging. Other graphic designers inspire us too; we really love the work of Deutsche & Japaner and Kyle Poff. They motivate us to work harder.
GABRIEL : What are your backgrounds and how did you chose Bruxelles as STOËMP's headquarter city?
GAETANO: Our background is relatively “simple” – we studied 3 years of graphic design at the Art School here in Brussels. But we believe you learn more in real life than in school. We love to reuse the phrase “experience is the best teacher” (from Nas). We chose Brussels because we did all our education here, and now our new roots are here.
GABRIEL : So both of you are foreigners to Belgium. Would you ever move STOËMP to a new city?
GAETANO : We have our lives here. It’s a perfect spot for business in the middle of Europe. In less than two hours we can be in London or Paris. We think this strategic place could open more possibilities in the future.
GABRIEL : Hey, so what does the name “STOËMP” mean?
GAETANO: Stoemp is an original dish from Brussels of mixed vegetables and smashed potatoes with sausages. We chose the name during our studies years ago, one more way to affirm our new Belgian roots and explain our view of graphic design in one word.
GABRIEL : You describe yourselves as “a platform.” In what way?
GAETANO : In our work we have a lot of different requests. Two men can’t answer them all, but we love the challenge and we love discovering new horizons with different people. Every project is specific, so we need to have a large network. In fact it’s like a stoemp – the more ingredients you put in, the better it is.
GABRIEL : What's a favourite spot in Bruxelles for you two?
GAETANO: DNA Bar – It’s the best place for alternative music and meeting multicultural people. But we also spend a lot of time at Supra Bar.