Applied arts

Building in Art Nouveau style meant using beautiful materials, ensuring perfect workmanship and creating a unity between building and design. 

Flamboyant carpentry may have all but gone, yet intricate ironwork and cast-iron balustrades can still be seen.

Exquisite stained-glass windows still adorn interiors, and sometimes, but very rarely, even wall decorations escaped demolition.

National Heritage Day (Open Monumentendag) offers a unique opportunity to admire the grandiose oeuvre of many nameless craftsmen.  Beautiful ceramic floor tiles are legion and Art Nouveau wall tiles in Blankenberge are a world of their own.