Minimalism with a twist, by Amaël Hazza

Read an amazing story about the passion turning into profession! Meet Amaël Hazza (a.k.a. Amadeus), a French guy from the south, who landed in Brussels 10 years ago to study architecture at La Cambre and started to take pictures of the city every day. This process led him to his own creative company called Save As Studio and made him become a professional architecture photographer and content creator.

Feel invited to see Amaël’s outstanding apartment and make yourself at home. Get to know his ways to achieve a remarkable atmosphere, spot Suumo Sideboard and Oly Stool and find out whether his passion for symmetry is ever expressed in his decorating choices.

Your new apartment is an absolute gem. What was the first thing about this place that caught your eye?

Thanks a lot, it was love at first sight! The first thing I loved about it was that its location in a beautiful preserved Art Nouveau building. Its details are simply stunning: the door handles, the bull’s eye windows and the moldings which make it a very special space. 

I was also amazed by the light during the day. The big windows allow the sun rays to stream into the living and dining room which is awesome when you get the chance to spend some time at home.

Your photography explores symmetric and sculptural architectural forms. Do you treat your home as a structured composition, just like the ones you portray? Or do you let things loosen up a bit?

This symmetrical aspect of my pictures is a bit like a condition! It’s like being obsessed by making everything aligned and perfect. I have to admit that it’s something I do in my home but only to organize the space. I try to let objects and things find their own place among the furniture to break this strict order I created. 

What were your decorating principles while styling your nest? What kind of mood you wanted to achieve?

Since the apartment itself offers some true quality in terms of space, light and details, I tried to stay as minimal as possible. This way, every piece of furniture can be seen and have their own place without being swallowed by too many items. I’m also attracted to simple lines — I like minimal and timeless pieces that I pimp up afterwards with some weird and colorful objects. 

To me, the most important thing is to find balance between simplicity and quality. That’s something I really liked about noo.ma's designs. They are marked by great elegance… with a twist. It’s either the shape, some specific lines or even a color. I was really surprised by the easy process of assembling noo.ma’s furniture. The assembly process was quick and I didn’t have to use a single tool!

"I was really surprised by the easy process of assembling noo.ma’s furniture. The assembly process was quick and I didn’t have to use a single tool!"

- Amaël Hazza, architecture photographer

What does Instagram mean to you? Is it an extra job or pure pleasure?

Well, with Instagram it’s a long story. I set up my account 10 years ago when I arrived in Brussels. At the beginning, it was like a game. I used to post everything just for fun. But with time I think Instagram truly helped me to develop a good eye for photography. It was a daily process. After some time, I was able to imagine the ideal photo of any building or object I saw. 

"At the beginning, it was like a game. I used to post everything just for fun. But with time I think Instagram truly helped me to develop a good eye for photography."

- Amaël Hazza, architecture photographer

I’m very lucky to say that this game became my extra job. I work for architects, designers, and brands, which hire me to show the inner beauty of what they created and I’m honored to be a part of it, to share my way of seeing things.

Looks like Brussels instantly became your big source of inspiration. What are your favorite spots in this city?

I’ve just moved in the city center, close to Grand Place. It’s a very dynamic area and I like it very much. I spend a lot of time walking around the neighbourhood around the Central Station to see this complex mix of old and new architecture. 

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