The Library Group http://thelibrarygroup.be Fri, 16 Nov 2018 10:22:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Italian fashion has landed at The Library Ixelles http://thelibrarygroup.be/italian-fashion-has-landed-at-the-library-ixelles/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/italian-fashion-has-landed-at-the-library-ixelles/#respond Thu, 25 Oct 2018 15:02:06 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6665 One of the things we love about The Library is how diverse the members are. One of our newest members at The Library Ixelles is handbag company Melina C.   Melina, how do you come up with your designs? What inspires you? My homeland, Italy, is my main source of inspiration. Each bag in the […]

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One of the things we love about The Library is how diverse the members are. One of our newest members at The Library Ixelles is handbag company Melina C.

 

Melina, how do you come up with your designs? What inspires you?

My homeland, Italy, is my main source of inspiration. Each bag in the Melina C collection bears the name of a village in North-Eastern Italy (Grado, Spilimbergo, Caorle, etc.): it’s a symbol and homage to the beautiful land of the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions. The design, the choice of the leather, the production…everything is 100% made in Italy.

 

As every entrepreneur knows, there are so many choices to make regarding marketing, distribution and points of sales. Your approach is quite different and interesting.

I decided to invest in a new concept, in order to reinvent the buying process itself. When women want to buy bags, they either go to a shop – where they do not receive any advice for their purchase, but at least can touch the product firsthand – or shop online – where bags are probably cheaper, but they are still left with no advice whatsoever. I decided to give them a third option: to buy the bags at a house party, where a “Fashionista” (a fashion expert) will reveal precious secrets on how to choose the perfect bag according to their own silhouettes and colours, letting them feel the different types of leather, giving suggestions on outfit/bag matches and much more.

 

If anyone would like to become a Melina C fashionista, how should they go about it?

If anyone wanted to become a business man/woman and organize fashion parties with his/her friends and earn some money at the same time, they should totally have a look at our website page here where they can find all the information they need.

Finally, how did you find The Library and has coworking already influenced your work in any way?

I discovered The Library on line, but later found out that we have some shared connections – it’s a small world! I believe it is a great network, full of possibilities. My Business Visibility Manager, Giulia, says that coworking helps her focus and be more productive, so we both truly appreciate how it is influencing our work.

https://www.melina-c.com/

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Student job at The Library http://thelibrarygroup.be/student-job-at-the-library/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/student-job-at-the-library/#respond Thu, 02 Aug 2018 11:44:04 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6457 The Library Ixelles, The Library Ambiorix and The Library Europe are part of a whole new type of business centre focusing on great service and beautiful décor.   Receptionists wanted for The Library We are now looking for a student to work as receptionists/hosts/hostesses at The Library Group. The job entails: Manning the reception, answering […]

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The Library Ixelles, The Library Ambiorix and The Library Europe are part of a whole new type of business centre focusing on great service and beautiful décor.

 

Receptionists wanted for The Library

We are now looking for a student to work as receptionists/hosts/hostesses at The Library Group.

The job entails:

  • Manning the reception, answering phones, handling post, handling minor IT/printing issues
  • Greeting guests for our clients, offering drinks and snacks, catering to the meeting room
  • Cleaning up the public spaces at the end of the day and preparing them in the mornings
  • Maintaining miscellaneous secretarial services for our clients
  • Helping out at parties and events

 

Qualifications

The Library will stand out for the unparalleled level of service and personal attention. If you get a kick out of putting our client’s needs before your own, then this is the place for you. You must have perfect English and French skills. Knowledge of the Nordic languages/culture is a plus. You must be presentable, polished and know how to dress, when jeans and sneakers are not an option. Creativity, a responsible nature and a sense of humour are also vital.

 

What we can offer

A stylish, fun and creative environment with contact to lots of small businesses. A great learning experience for the future and a part in our success as we grow together. You’ll join a team, where we have a lot of fun, look out for each other and genuinely like hanging out together.

 

Please note that this job takes place during the day on weekdays; so if you are only available evenings and weekends, then there is no need to apply.

 

Please send your CV as well as a short motivation for your application (in English) to Head of Events, Erica Herklotz at eh@thelibrarygroup.be.

Read more about The Library here or on the Facebook page or Instagram pages – The Library Brussels.

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Behind the scenes of the coworking movie at The Library http://thelibrarygroup.be/behind-scenes-movie/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/behind-scenes-movie/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:09:01 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6330 I hope you enjoyed the movie? We’ve been wanting to show off our coworking, private offices and stylish meeting rooms for ever. Actually, Vita June (of Vita June Studios) and I talked about this movie for years until I finally got it together to decide to do it. Incidentally, Vita was one of the first […]

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I hope you enjoyed the movie? We’ve been wanting to show off our coworking, private offices and stylish meeting rooms for ever. Actually, Vita June (of Vita June Studios) and I talked about this movie for years until I finally got it together to decide to do it. Incidentally, Vita was one of the first Library members to move in to The Library Ixelles, where she still works. So not only is she artistically gifted, she also knows almost as much about The Library and its’ journey as I do.

Why the childhood references in the beginning?

I thought it would be nice to explain the name ‘The Library’ and also to illustrate the twists and turns that life brings that can take you from hanging out with your mum at the library on a remote Danish island to launching The Library Group in Brussels. I always meant the name – The Library – to be a tribute to my mum and this is a way of showing it.

What does the tapping foot mean?

There are a lot of symbolic references in the movie and this one is meant to show the impatience and high tempo connected with being an entrepreneur. And then it works well with music of course.

Where is this filmed?

All of the scenes are filmed at The Library Ambiorix. I’d have loved to show all three Libraries, but we wanted this movie to be about the atmosphere rather than have it be a tour of real estate. And for practical reasons, it also made sense to stay in one location. So it became The Library Ambiorix, because of the blue meeting room and the special door handles. If you look closely, you can see that they are shaped like lion’s heads: a fantastic, original detail from the 1920s.

What’s with the cakes?

From the beginning, I wanted this enormous Alice in Wonderland, magical, over-the-top cake. Because it kind of is over-the-top that Library members eat homemade cakes and cookies and energy bars several times a week, right? So the big cake was a given. Then we came up with the idea of having the little cake to illustrate the time, when I was on my own, working from home in solitude, ‘searching for hygge’. And then of course it grew to a big cake as The Library grew. Luckily, our colleague, Erica, is also a cake decorator and she really outdid herself with these two. What you can’t see in the movie is how wonderfully they smelled and tasted.

 

Who are these gorgeous people acting as Library members?

Well, the beauty of it is that all these people are or were Library members, who also became my friends. You really do make friends in coworking…So no acting required really. And they all have such great charisma that I just knew they would light up the screen. Our main issue was Oliver being too charming, so we’d had to keep re-shooting the scenes due to too much giggling.

 

Are the flowers real?

Of course! My 92 year old mother in law spent weeks contacting garden centres in Holland waiting for Hydrangeas to come into season, while we were all crossing our fingers that it would happen before we were set to shoot. For weeks after the shooting, you could see them all over the Libraries. Just like the cake, the idea was to take something that is a given at The Library (homemade cake and fresh flowers) and play up the magic of it by making it bigger and even more beautiful.

 

Where does all this Danish design come from?

The poster of Ærø (the island where I grew up) is from Vissevasse, the coffee cups are from Kähler, the plates and teapot from Royal Copenhagen and the wooden tables have been custom-made for The Library by Recollection. The round sofa table is from Menu. Wallpaper is from Tapet-Café, the pendant lamps are from Le Klint and the little porcelain pieces here and there are from Ditte Maigaard. Finally, my jewellery is from Marianne Dulong, which is the company I worked for, when I was working from home (post-The Library). In other words; a few of my favourite things…

 

Is there anything you would do differently?

I would get more sleep before the gruelling 13 hours of shooting, but otherwise everything went according to Vita’s super coordinated plan. Despite an un-seasonal snowstorm in Brussels, everybody made it on time and we had a lot of fun together as I think you can see. My favourite part was filming the cake and the flower scenes, because both cakes and flowers looked exactly as they had in my imagination. And then of course watching Vita work and having my friends – members and colleagues – come together to help me make a Library movie.

Just magical.

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The secrets of an organised, entrepreneurial life (coworking) http://thelibrarygroup.be/secrets-organised-entrepreneurial-life/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/secrets-organised-entrepreneurial-life/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 10:21:29 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6335 On Wednesday 6 June, The Library Group will host a ‘Business Freedom Formula’ workshop in our coworking with the coaching company, Damarque, run by Library member Marc God. The workshop will take place at The Library Europe as of 18.00 and is open for Library members, coworkers and their friends. Here are a few insights […]

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On Wednesday 6 June, The Library Group will host a ‘Business Freedom Formula’ workshop in our coworking with the coaching company, Damarque, run by Library member Marc God. The workshop will take place at The Library Europe as of 18.00 and is open for Library members, coworkers and their friends. Here are a few insights behind the idea.

 

Marc, you run both fit20 and a coaching business. Will this workshop share some of your secrets to living an organised entrepreneurial life?

Yes, absolutely. Only, these are not actually secrets to live an organised entrepreneurial life, but proven tools and strategies that help you to generate more balance, success and happiness. Not every tool fits everyone; you have to try them out and see which ones work best for you and your company.

 

Is there a link between mental fitness and physical fitness and is that why you got into the fit20 business?

Yes, there definitely is a link between mental and physical heath and fitness. The saying ‘Animo Sane In Corpore Sane’ fits perfectly with my vision. When you are physically fit, research has proven that you are happier too. And happier people are more successful. This squares the circle. For me, my physical wellbeing has always ranked high on my priority list and even more so now that I am an entrepreneur. Fit20 targets busy professionals who want to stay fit and healthy in the most efficient way. These are the same people that we target with our business coaching work.

What can we expect to take away from your workshop on 6 June?

During this highly interactive event, participants will get an introduction to the Business Freedom Formula. We invite them to take a close look at their business & their life and discover the obstacles to reaching the next level. We offer practical tools and strategies for improving their business that can be implemented the next day. My business partner Joeri Billast, our digital wizard, will discuss how the power of digital marketing can be unlocked to attract your ideal clients and accelerate your business growth.

 

https://damarque.com/

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Meet Monika The cosmopolitan communicator from Cologne http://thelibrarygroup.be/meet-monika-cosmopolitan-communicator-cologne/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/meet-monika-cosmopolitan-communicator-cologne/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:46:08 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6220 Monika is one of those quick-minded people, who immediately know what they want. Luckily for us what she wanted was The Library Ixelles. We asked Monika a few questions about her professional life, projects and city preferences.   Monika, you are a journalist by trade, but what areas do you work with now? As a […]

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Monika is one of those quick-minded people, who immediately know what they want. Luckily for us what she wanted was The Library Ixelles. We asked Monika a few questions about her professional life, projects and city preferences.

 

Monika, you are a journalist by trade, but what areas do you work with now?

As a journalist and reporter I worked mostly on issues of development cooperation, EU development policies, global sustainability, environment, energy and climate, EU-Africa relations, human and social rights, gender, trade/fair trade and the like. I have reported for newspapers and radio – from numerous countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Brussels, I work mostly as a moderator of public panel debates – also with a strong focus on global sustainable development. Apart from that, I offer tailor-made media, presentation and communication trainings as well as support for strategic communication for individuals as well as for organisations and institutions, including the EU commission, namely the DG Development, DevCo.

Still, at the moment I am also looking for new areas of work – and I would like to incorporate more cultural and intercultural topics into my activities.

 

You travel between Brussels and Cologne for work. Is the professional and social vibe different between these two cities and what do you like best about each city?

That’s a tricky question, since Cologne is my hometown and I am surely a bit biased when it comes to judging it. But, yes, the vibe is different in both cities – with Brussels being much more cosmopolitan and also offering more interesting professional opportunities. Cologne, on the other hand, has a strong tradition of its own – e.g. it has one of the biggest Carnival in the world, believe me – and that is something I also like about this town. At the same time most of the people in Cologne are quite open-minded and welcoming to foreigners. There is some kind of “easy-going”, “live and let live” attitude.

Nevertheless, despite the ties that I still have with Cologne and my friends over there, I took the decision to spend more time in Brussels and focus on activities over here. This is also due to the fact that I feel very much at home in Ixelles and the beautiful neighborhood around Chatelain, where I live.

 

What brought you to The Library and has coworking had any impact on your work?

I happened to see an ad of The Library on Facebook a few weeks ago, after having been searching for a co-working place here in Brussels for quite some time without finding the right place. What I liked very much was that one could try-out The Library for a day. I chose The Library in Ixelles, because it is close to my house – and I must say I was convinced right from the start. The beauty of the building, the warm “acceuil” and the concept of this “office hotel” with its splendid Danish touch seemed very pleasant to me. The fact that I ran into one of Anne-Sofie’s special lunch offers the very first day might have also contributed to my quick decision to become a Library member. Now, after roughly four weeks of membership, I already feel very much at home in Rue de l’Aurore. Co-Working here for me means to get out of isolation, that freelancers and independent consultants often suffer from. It also means to make new and inspiring contacts – especially because The Library brings people from different professions together. People that most probably would not meet elsewhere. So, working and thinking “out of the box” is really made possible here.

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Coworking in Belgium http://thelibrarygroup.be/coworking-in-belgium/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/coworking-in-belgium/#respond Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:28:11 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6161 Coworking in Belgium Are you an entrepreneur or freelancer in Belgium interested in linking up with like-minded professionals? You might want to join a coworking space. Belgium’s coworking culture has grown rapidly in recent years, with Brussels now a hub of flexible, independent workers. Anne-Sofie Rehfeld, founder of The Library Group (which offers three coworking […]

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Coworking in Belgium

Are you an entrepreneur or freelancer in Belgium interested in linking up with like-minded professionals? You might want to join a coworking space. Belgium’s coworking culture has grown rapidly in recent years, with Brussels now a hub of flexible, independent workers.

Anne-Sofie Rehfeld, founder of The Library Group (which offers three coworking spaces in Brussels), takes a look at coworking in Belgium and explains how to get involved.

Coworking is a modern way of organising workspace. In the 21st century digital age, it enables those who can carry out their work from a remote location – freelancers, entrepreneurs, startup businesses, digital workers – to work in a shared physical space, collaborate and become part of a professional community.

An increasing number of entrepreneurs and flexible workers are opting for coworking in Belgium. Nearly 15 percent of the workforce is self-employed – including many expats – and the country is one of the most digitally advanced in Europe, home to over 2200 tech startups Coworking spaces have proliferated over the past decade, particularly in Brussels. Belgium’s bustling capital contains over half of its coworking places and even hosted a Coworking week in 2017.  

A coworking space in Belgium will typically offer:
  • office space along with wifi and use of office equipment such as printers and scanners
  • access to meeting rooms
  • opportunities to collaborate and network with other members on-site and at social events
  • use of kitchen facilities including tea, coffee and refreshments
  • other benefits such as mailboxes and parking facilities

 

“Our three Libraries in Brussels offer traditional office facilities with a unique flavour and additional services including clubs, workshops, a range of fun social activities for members, and even dry cleaning and recommending babysitters!”, says Anne-Sofie.

Benefits of coworking in Belgium

Increased productivity: coworking gives freelancers and entrepreneurs the chance to work together, learn from each other and form new partnerships which can boost performance and growth.

Socializing: it means that talented independent workers in Belgium – especially expats – don’t have to work in isolation. “I moved to Brussels 8 years ago and found myself utterly disconnected since I had left family and friends behind and was working from home”, says Anne-Sofie. “Coworking gives you a place to belong and makes you feel more at home.”

Money savings: coworking offers startups and small businesses an alternative to paying for their own premises and tying themselves into a lengthy commitment. As Anne-Sofie explains: “Your membership fee is made back ten-fold through your own increased productivity and through the partnerships you’ll make.”

 

If you feel as if coworking could be right for you, read more here

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Happy returns to Ilse http://thelibrarygroup.be/happy-returns-ilse/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/happy-returns-ilse/#respond Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:39:26 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6085 It’s wonderful to have people come back to us. This time we’ll have a talk with Ilse, who was one of the first members at The Library Ixelles and has just come back to us at The Library Europe.   Ilse, I know you have many interests in life, but what would you say are […]

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It’s wonderful to have people come back to us. This time we’ll have a talk with Ilse, who was one of the first members at The Library Ixelles and has just come back to us at The Library Europe.

 

Ilse, I know you have many interests in life, but what would you say are your main areas of work?

At the moment I work in three main areas: hosting and facilitating of meaningful conversations in participatory group processes, teaching Kundalini yoga and promoting the fresh, vegan and organic products of the Austrian company Ringana.

 

The hosting work includes a wide range of issues in the political area from team meetings to big conferences with some hundreds of people. My clients are those who have realised that we waste a lot of our lifetime in meetings or events that are not meaningful to us. There are these moments when someone talks and all the others are checking their phone, right? The approach of the Art of hosting, which is my toolbox, is to define a strong purpose before an event, carefully inviting the right people and then hosting them so that they can really contribute. Therefore at the beginning progress seems to be slower but at the end it pays off because they are all on board.

 

Over the years I realised that my strength is in holding space, something that sounds weird and that is not easy to grasp. You only feel it when it is not there. That is also what I do when teaching Kundalini yoga: Holding space for my students in order to make their experience possible. I started my teacher training mainly because I wanted to know more for myself and go deeper. But then there was the moment, when Kristen, my teacher and the owner of Radiant Light Yoga invited me to teach. Now I teach at her studio close to Schuman and private classes.

 

When Ringana came into my life I immediately decided to become a Fresh partner. I come from the region in Austria where they are based and above all I just love their clear and honest philosophy behind the skincare and supplements. At the moment there is nothing “greener” on the market: Fresh ingredients, sustainable, vegan and organic. Since we do not use preservatives we have 100 % of the flacons and bottles for what really serves the body.

What made you interested in the skincare business and do you think Belgium is ready to go vegan?

Yes, I do think that Belgium is ready to go vegan. When I arrived in Brussels over nine years ago there where only few little organic shops, now you can find a big variety from supermarkets, markets and other shops. Reducing waste, living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle and preserving our planet for future generations have become big topics. So we are much more conscious what goes on around us and what we put on and in our body. Ringana is high tech care coming only from nature with a touch of luxury and simplicity. What it also offers is a green business opportunity that you can start as a side business and from wherever you want. I am building up my team here in Belgium now and people who join me clearly see the advantages: You are free, work from wherever you want, without any commercial risk in a growing market. Ringana is on the market for more that 20 years and grows between 30 and 40 % a year and last year even 50 %. If you want to be part of this rapidly expanding idea please do not hesitate and get in touch with me.

What brought you to The Library?

Well, I can tell you what brought me back to The Library 😉 I was there at the very beginning at the Library Ixelles and I loved the unique concept from day 1. Then I quit because I started to travel more and not really using it. But last year I felt that it is time to move in again. I was super happy when there was a free space at The Library Europe whereI work now. For me it is a wonderful mix of beauty, warmth, personal touch, professional service, and much more. Overall I can say I feel well hosted while being able to concentrate on my projects.

You can contact Ilse here: ilse@pogatschnigg.eu

or read her Blog here:

And read more about Ringana here:

 

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Looking for a personal leadership style? Head to the Grand Nord http://thelibrarygroup.be/looking-personal-leadership-style-head-grand-nord/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/looking-personal-leadership-style-head-grand-nord/#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 14:32:25 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=6028 I was very excited to meet Marianne this winter as she shares a lot of the same values that we believe in at The Library; empowering entrepreneurs, Nordic work-life balance and achieving sustainable growth. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better. What is your main area of work? Leadership development […]

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I was very excited to meet Marianne this winter as she shares a lot of the same values that we believe in at The Library; empowering entrepreneurs, Nordic work-life balance and achieving sustainable growth. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better.

What is your main area of work?

Leadership development through training and coaching for individuals and organizations. My passion and ambition is to support future leaders in finding a sustainable and personal leadership style. To support organizations in growing and keeping talents (especially women) in their organization and to be a partner and sounding board for entrepreneurs. My experience is from international organizations and I really enjoy working with different cultures and languages.

 

You have travelled a lot and lived and worked abroad for many years. How do you find working in Belgium, compared to the other countries you’ve lived in?

I am new in the Belgian work environment at the same time as I am new to the life of an entrepreneur. But so far, I do find Brussels open and people eager to help and find solutions. I love the international atmosphere, it is exactly as Geneva where I used to live and work but more relaxed and down to earth.

 

What brought you to The Library?

I was looking around for meeting rooms to have somewhere to meet clients. Visiting the Library Europe, it was love at first sight. Anne-Sofie kept inviting me to events at Ambiorix and Ixelles and after a few months I just could not resist even though I was quite happy to work from home. I was amazed by Anne-Sofie’s networking skills and the positive and friendly energy in the buildings. I am now in the co-working at Ixelles since a couple of weeks and just amazed what I can get done in a day. Starting the day with a clear desk, being outside my home and around inspiring people.

You can learn more about Marianne and what she can offer here: http://www.grandnord.se/en/start/

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Welcome to the embassy of Hygge http://thelibrarygroup.be/welcome-embassy-hygge/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/welcome-embassy-hygge/#respond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:12:56 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5900 HYGGE (”Heu-Gah”) The art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive. To create well-being, connection and warmth. A feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other. Celebrating the everyday.   Five years ago, I was looking for a place to work […]

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HYGGE (”Heu-Gah”)

The art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open-hearted and alive. To create well-being, connection and warmth. A feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other. Celebrating the everyday.

 

Five years ago, I was looking for a place to work in Brussels that would be as cosy and friendly as my home, but with the added bonus of other people and office infrastructure. I wanted it to be a place, where you would feel personally welcomed, where you could snack on something homemade, where people had obviously made an effort before your visit and where your shoulders would drop to a normal level and you would catch yourself humming for no good reason. Sum up all of that and you get the essence of ’hygge’.

 

Over the years, the word hygge (I’ll drop the ’’ now that you get the idea) has become more and more widespread and has even made it into the Collins English Dictionary topping the list of new words in 2016 – right after Brexit. Which funnily enough is exactly the opposite of hygge, but that’s another subject. It’s even become well known in Belgium, although the actual definition seems somewhat hazy to people. Some think it’s like a sport you practice – Nordic mindfulness if you will. Some think it’s mainly about cakes. A journalist even called me recently to interview me about how to add hygge to an evaluation meeting with your boss. Which, for the record, you can’t really do. It’s not a magic wand, people. Lighting a candle, pouring tea, smiling and each other and then discussing lack of performance just doesn’t mix all that well.

 

Anyway, I thought I’d make an un-prioritised list of moments of hygge that you can cross-reference with your Library experience at your leisure:

 

  • Friends invite you over for dinner. When you arrive, there is music playing, the table has been set, there is something cooking in the kitchen. Glasses and snacks are already on the table. Your friends sit you down and ask how you are, like really are. Do you see the effort and attention that went into this? It means you are all set for a hyggelig evening.
  • It’s been a long week and you are a bit edgy and stressed out, but some of your coworkers ask you along for Friday drinks and you end up talking and joking for an hour or two, while having a few drinks. When you leave you feel a bit lighter and ready to start the weekend (you’d be surprised by how much drinking goes on at Danish workplaces).
  • It’s raining outside, you light some candles and tell the kids to come help you make pancakes. The togetherness mixed with sugar and jam contrasted with the cold, dark outdoors makes this super hygge. (It works best with some dark, Nordic winter outside, maybe also some trees swaying in a storm).
  • Your colleague has a birthday coming up, so you conspire with your coworkers to get a cake (homemade or bought, it doesn’t matter, it’s the thought that counts) and you all sit down to enjoy it together, leaving emails, phone calls and bosses be for half an hour to enjoy making somebody else’s day.
  • Surroundings: You can create hygge by adding personality to your home or office, such as adding artwork that means something to you, incorporating textiles and smaller lamps rather than overhead lighting, making sure it smells nice everywhere and that you are not too stressed out by clutter.

I think you see a trend here that hygge is about making a small effort for somebody else or for yourself to make your day just a little better. I hope that this is what you feel when you step into The Library, even if you didn’t know that it had a weird, unpronounceable name.

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The glorious and strenuous art of networking: Tips and tricks from the field http://thelibrarygroup.be/glorious-strenuous-art-networking-tips-tricks-field/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/glorious-strenuous-art-networking-tips-tricks-field/#respond Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:40:17 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5885 When I first started considering The Library Group five years ago, these were the facts:   I knew only a handful of people in Brussels, none of which were potential clients The concept was not easy to understand and needed personal explaining/pitching I had no money for advertising, so promotion had to be done by […]

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When I first started considering The Library Group five years ago, these were the facts:

 

  • I knew only a handful of people in Brussels, none of which were potential clients
  • The concept was not easy to understand and needed personal explaining/pitching
  • I had no money for advertising, so promotion had to be done by word of mouth

So it seemed clear that my only choice was to get out there and meet more people. People who could become clients, people who could tell their friends about The Library, people who could be employees or suppliers. And since I didn’t know that many people (I think my initial loneliness in Brussels is clear to the reader now), I would have to do it ALL ALONE. Like seriously on my own. Like showing up to places knowing NOBODY. I have to use caps lock to underline the effort this took.

So night after night, I forced myself out of my cosy home to go meet strangers in contexts that were often less than ideal. Based on this hard-earned experience, I’ve put together a few points for networkers and networking organisers.

Networking Tops & Tricks

You are a networker:

  • If you show up to an event and discover that there is not one single familiar face in the crowd, resist the urge to pull out your phone. It makes you completely unapproachable to stare at your screen. Find the organiser and ask them bluntly to introduce you to somebody. Once you know one person, you’ll be okay.
  • Listen more than you talk. If you strike up a conversation with somebody new, ask questions. You are bound to have at least one thing in common. The more you ask, the more the other person will feel seen and heard and will remember you fondly.
  • If you make two contacts in one evening, then you’ve done great. Don’t expect to walk away with a list of clients or connections. Just two is fine. Some of my most loyal clients and best friends came from chance encounters. Quantity is not a goal here.
  • Giving is the new getting. Be generous with your contacts – people remember helpfulness (sadly because there is not enough of it going around). So connect people as much as you can, even if there is no immediate gain for you. Example: Since I launched The Library Group, we’ve been sponsoring events for the Leadarise organisation. At almost any networking event in Brussels, there is at least one Leadariser, who I can hang out with.

You are a networking organiser:

  • You wanted people to show up to your event, now make it worth their while: Start introducing them to each other. Prepare beforehand by mentally summing up what you know about your guests on an individual basis. Do you not know them at all? Look them up at LinkedIn.
  • Don’t spend time with your friends or colleagues during the event. Circulate like a fidget spinner in the hands of a toddler, but make sure to dispense useful introductions as you work the room à la: ‘Hey Anna, you should meet Eric, you both travelled Iceland this summer!’. Or: ‘Monique, please meet Tom, who is looking for a graphic designer, I’ve told him all about your work’. And then spin out of there again, so people can talk. All they need is an opener…
  • Think about what food you are serving. It should be light enough to take the edge off after-work low blood sugar, but not so substantial that everybody is standing around stuffing their faces instead of talking. Also, wine is good. Really good.

Networking opened so many doors for me and got me enough clients to make it out of the early start-up years alive. And also networking is just a very un-charming word for meeting people. And meeting people is the basis of love, understanding and evolution, so you if you can learn to thrive on it, then you’ve done well for yourself already.

 

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All smiles and Mongolian friendliness

When Marcela, Yasmine, Robert and I first met Enkhzül, we were blown away by her positivity and easy laugh. She has now been working for The Library Group for a little more than a month and it’s time to get to know her a little better. So here are a few Q&As with this exotic beauty from Mongolia.

 

Where did you grow up and what do you miss from there?

“I grew up in different places from Ulaanbaator in Mongolia and East Berlin to Kiev, but I spent the most time in Ulaanbaator before I came to Brussels, when I was 20.

I miss mostly Ulaanbaator; it is my hometown. Of course I miss my parents and my high school friends – especially all the small talk in Russian. I also miss the Mongolian cold winter and hot summer and the steppe with its unlimited blue sky, where you will see millions of stars on summer nights”.

 

What do you like the most about Brussels?

“What I like the most is the international society, the old European buildings and the Belgian fries”.

 

Now, you’ve worked at The Library for a month, what are your impressions so far?

“I find The Library to be welcoming, friendly and interesting. The trust of The Library team and the easy conversations with the members is so fantastic. I am really happy with my choice of new workplace”.

If you need Enkhzül’s help, just contact her at eo@thelibrarygroup.be 

P.S.  If your tongue has some trouble with Enkhzül’s name, she says to please call her Zula…

 

PPS. To read more about Enkhzül’s hometown, visit: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/mongolia/ulaanbaatar

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The Library : More like home http://thelibrarygroup.be/library-like-home/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/library-like-home/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:43:49 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5643 Article from Together Magazine June 2017.   Gemma Rose met up with the founder of The Library, a woman that defies the conventional office. If there was an ‘ugliest office’ title, mine would hold it. I have what appears to be a cross between a cubicle and an office. It’s an office because I have […]

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Article from Together Magazine June 2017.

 

Gemma Rose met up with the founder of The Library, a woman that defies the conventional office.

If there was an ‘ugliest office’ title, mine would hold it. I have what appears to be a cross between a cubicle and an office. It’s an office because I have four walls and a door, but it’s a cubicle because the walls are flimsy and detachable. The walls are dull; the linoleum floor is dull; the fluorescent beams are blinding; and the furniture is bland, uncomfortable and sterile. To top it off, my office is adjacent to a heavy, secure exit, since it’s located on the main thoroughfare of the building. The door is pulled open and slammed shut about a hundred times a day. After four months of enduring this, my ears hurt.

“Why should we accept a work place being so ugly?” asks Anne-Sofie van den Born Rehfeld, the founder of the Brussels-based co-working space, The Library. “Why should we buy ‘office’ lamps – which are usually ugly – for the office, just because they are called so? An office doesn’t have to look like an office.”

This reasoning sums up The Library quite perfectly. The Library’s members can opt for co-working spaces, private offices and meeting rooms, in prime locations in Brussels. Its aim is to make the office feel more like home. “I decorate it like I would my own home, and the members treat it well because they see the effort that I’ve put into it. They appreciate it and therefore feel protective of it,” explains Anne-Sofie.

She shows me around the Ambiorix premises: a stone’s throw away from the art nouveau curiosity, La Maison Saint-Cyr. The Library is a converted maison de maître, with high ceilings and luminous spaces (“Danish people believe it’s a human right for places to be well lit,” she remarks). Each room – whether it is a meeting room, office or bathroom – is tastefully, thoughtfully and personally furnished, with light touches of humour here and there. She uses Nordic colours: calming whites, blues and greys to create this cosy sanctuary. Plus, less is definitely more: no clutter or clunky furniture, just simple, mostly custom-made pieces, with usually block colours. The wooden meeting-room, coffee and dining tables are made in Denmark; and the lights are designed by up-and-coming Danish designers. Sustainability, authenticity and ingenuity are key components to Anne-Sofie’s furnishings – for example, in a corner stands her great-grandmother’s stove, which her mum retiled into a side-table.

Seven years ago, when Anne-Sofie first arrived in Brussels from Copenhagen, she was lonely. “I was working from home as a consultant, married, with a six-month year old daughter,” she says. “You don’t meet people when you work from home.” At her daughter’s crèche, she met another Danish mother in a similar set-up. To stave off the loneliness, they decided to work at each other’s houses. Anne-Sofie had toyed with the idea of signing up to co-working spaces, but she found them too corporate. “I missed getting dressed in the morning and meeting people. But I also wanted to work in a place that felt like home but still had an office infrastructure.”.

There are 100 members in total and each house is almost at full capacity. The Library runs many social events and workshops to support its members, from krav maga to managing one’s finances.

Setting up the business was not smooth sailing. “When I first started describing the idea of The Library, all the people you need to start a business – accountants, estate agents – just didn’t get it,” she says. Not only did she have the challenge of conceptualising her idea to get people on board, she also had to find the right house to rent. She invested all her savings into the idea. The nights were sleepless, and even today, they still can be. Nonetheless, the factors that keep Anne-Sofie going are self-belief, the acceptance that risk is uncomfortable and delayed gratification. “The harsh reality of what I have to pay out every month is pretty scary,” she notes. “But, if you want to build something, it doesn’t come without risk. This is where being good at delayed gratification comes in, because at one point, I know I will be comfortable.”

The gamble is paying off. The old days of filing cabinets, dreary offices and tiny cubicles are opening up to space, light and comfort. Even for the innovative players, like Google and Coca Cola, the ‘office as a play pen’ concept is becoming outdated and rather, the trend is moving towards the ‘office as a home’. Design publication The Spaces, which explores new ways to live and work, writes: “Today’s best co-working spaces are conceived as just that – places people would happily live in. And it’s the little touches of domesticity that make the difference.” As Anne-Sofie recognizes, work and home life is becoming more fluid, and consequently she hopes that The Library helps to “win some of your life back”.

Designing office space in such a way makes the business itself more attractive. “Outstanding!” beams a member, Jacqueline, who runs a small consultancy firm. “The Library inspires you to come to work. Everyone here is really welcoming, and it has a nice balance in that it pleases our more corporate clients while not putting off the smaller ones.”

According to the book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplaceby Nikil Saval, the workplace began with the rise of the factory in the 19th century and then of modern business (accounts, insurance, shipping, banking). Imagine dimly lit cubby holes by candlelight at the beginning. Then, the 1920s office was characterised by rows and rows of steel desks, with piles of paperwork. In 1968, the workstation was introduced, made up of three sides with interlocking, adjustable walls, joining at 120 degree angles; bright-coloured storage units; a desk and a chair. Soon enough, the angles became right angles and the workspace smaller, which led to the creation of the dreaded cubicle. Thankfully, Saval believes that the cubicle will soon die out as a new way of working emerges. Whatever the future of the workplace will be, one thing is clear, people need community, company and companionship. These needs are what encouraged Anne-Sofie to fulfil her dream.

The Library’s namesake is thanks to the library of Anne-Sofie’s childhood in Denmark, where her mum was a librarian. She remembers it as a cosy, warm and friendly place. Her mum also played a key role in setting up the business. “My mum is such an inspiration,” she says, “she is very brave, and she must have given me that belief in myself.” After an afternoon at The Library, I come away with a deep admiration of Anne-Sofie’s achievement. I also come to the conclusion that The Library is an allegory for generosity and bravery, as well as being an homage to her mum.

http://togethermag.eu/library-like-home/

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Understanding beauty http://thelibrarygroup.be/meet-heini-creative-director-writer/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/meet-heini-creative-director-writer/#respond Wed, 17 May 2017 13:34:05 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5610 Meet Heini; a talented Finn working with strategic design, creative direction and research   1. How did you start your career as a designer and writer?  What was your inspiration and motivation? HL : “As many other writers, I started ‘my career’ as a child by reading nearly everything I could. I also drew and […]

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Meet Heini; a talented Finn working with strategic design, creative direction and research

 

1. How did you start your career as a designer and writer?  What was your inspiration and motivation?

HL : “As many other writers, I started ‘my career’ as a child by reading nearly everything I could. I also drew and painted through my childhood, and was lucky enough to have teachers that gave me freedom to experiment with both. The founding motivation is curiosity, I guess, and later a need to make the world a bit more beautiful and sustainable place to live in. How the word ‘beautiful’ can be understood, again, is a longer story.

I work independently as a creative director on concepts and content management of print, online and spatial media around societal aspects of design. In practice, this mainly means books, magazines, online platforms, websites and exhibitions. Working independently is still always working together, and I work with an international network of visual designers, writers, photographers and other professionals. I also write essays about the relation of design, aesthetics, human environments and interaction, and wellbeing.

At first, the dual interest in writing and design led to working in fashion and design journalism, and to establishing an online fashion publication in Finland. I have degrees in fashion business and marketing, in interior architecture and as the latest, in social design at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Now all this is coming together both in my own research and writing, and in the projects for my clients. “

2. What is currently your business goal?

HL : ” A quite a natural next step is to work on a book of my own. I’ve been doing research on the role of experience of beauty in human well-being, and how that can be applied to the design of human environments and interactions. Writing a book is a long process, but the research and journey through philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, arts, design and architecture – even physics – is fascinating. What makes all this interesting from perspective of societal design is the development of research technologies. Bodily and psychological reactions to our environments and to other people can increasingly be measured, which provides new kind of credibility to elements that have previously been considered too intangible to really be taken seriously. “

3. Why did you choose The Library?

HL: “I was looking for a multidisciplinary co-working space and a working community with a mix of different expertise, working fields and nationalities. I found that at The Library. A variety of backgrounds and skills enables finding new perspectives and connections, and creates kind of in-between spaces from which something new can appear. The same applies to Brussels as a city, I think.

Also The Library’s contemporary classic working spaces appealed to me from the beginning. Even though people can be stressed because of work, The Library is a kind of a stress-free zone to work in.”

More info

www.heinilehtinen.com

 

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Copenhagen City Guide http://thelibrarygroup.be/copenhagen-city-guide/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/copenhagen-city-guide/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 09:37:48 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5592 So you’ve become used to the ambience of ‘hygge’ (well-being and cosyness) at The Library. You’re enjoying the Danish lamps in coworking and in your private offices. Or you’ve tasted the cakes during your day in our meeting rooms. And you are wondering if it might be time to tap into the source of Danish […]

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So you’ve become used to the ambience of ‘hygge’ (well-being and cosyness) at The Library. You’re enjoying the Danish lamps in coworking and in your private offices. Or you’ve tasted the cakes during your day in our meeting rooms. And you are wondering if it might be time to tap into the source of Danish happiness and visit Copenhagen. Here is my very personal and thoroughly tested once and for all Copenhagen City Guide.

Where to stay

Book a stay via Airbnb.com. Look around the lively area of Nørrebro, slightly posher Østerbro or gritty and hip Vesterbro.

Bonus info: I can promise you that you will not find naked light bulbs or horrendous kitchens anywhere. Danish people treat interior decoration like a religion: Something to revere, cherish and spend a lot of money on.

Or why not check out the small Danish chain of design hotels: http://www.brochner-hotels.dk

Bonus info: Both my sisters work there!

For a stay in 100% luxury and magic, check into Nimb Hotel in the Tivoli Gardens: http://www.nimb.dk

Bonus info: They put fresh flowers in their müsli and live peacocks entertain you if you eat on the terrace.

Where to eat

As you might know by now, I love porcelain. Probably from my time working for Royal Copenhagen. If you also prefer your coffee in crispy white porcelain with hand painted illustrations, then head for The Royal Café on the main shopping street of Strøget. Hidden away in a courtyard between the Royal Copenhagen and the Georg Jensen shops, you can enjoy cakes and Danish open-faced sandwiches in beautiful surroundings. http://www.royalsmushicafe.dk

In general, Copenhagen is full of great places to eat. Oh and the bakeries…be sure to try fresh bread or kanelboller (scrumptious cinnamon buns). Here are a few of my favourites:

Danish specialities, from Claus Meyer (co-founder of Noma): http://www.meyersmad.dk/spis-ude/deli/gl.-kongevej/

Chain of restaurants with THE BEST SUSHI and fantastic menus and entertainment for kids: http://www.sushi.dk

Madklubben litereally means ‘the food club’ and their slogan is ‘honesty has the best taste’, you can’t disagree with that…http://madklubben.dk

For a Paleo-style lunch, a quick ginger shot, some lumpfish roe or regional cheeses, candy or even soap products, take a stroll through the covered market of Torvehallerne…https://torvehallernekbh.dk

Amazing restaurants all of them, tremendous, the best! http://cofoco.dk

You know I like baked goods…: http://mirabelle-bakery.dk and http://lagkagehuset.dk

Where to shop

Where to not, I ask you. Here are some more of my favourites: For design classics, head to the mothership: https://www.illumsbolighus.com

Forget Inno, in Copenhagen the department stores rock: http://www.magasin.dk and http://illum.dk

For more unique pieces and little illustrations or art works, visit the tiny shops of http://www.anneblack.dk or http://vaerkstedet.getshopflow.com or Handcraftedcph (a Facebook profile, but no homepage). I also like the Danish brands Ganni, Designers Remix, Malene Birger, Baum & Pferdgarten and many more.

What to do

There is so much to see and do in Copenhagen that I don’t know where to start. Did you know that there is an enormous beach? And you can swim in the harbour? Take a train up to world famous art museum Louisiana? Admire architecture and bridges all day long? Rent a bike (don’t worry, many of them are electrical) and visit all the lakes of Christianshavn? Admire the cutest little castle and the crown jewels in the middle of the city? Browse antique shops and find new treasures on Nørrebro?

I can’t even pick a favourite neighbourhood, because I’ve lived all over the city and every area holds memories for me. But check out events and suggestions here: http://www.visitcopenhagen.com/copenhagen-tourist?_ga=1.198520751.1260462050.1433677102 or here http://www.visitdenmark.com/denmark/tourist-frontpage or here http://www.aok.dk/english

 

What to say

Hello =             Hej

Good-bye =                    Hej, hej (easy, right?)

Thank you =                  Tak

See you =                       Vi ses

Now you are ready! Enjoy your trip to Denmark.

 

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Remember when you worked from home ? http://thelibrarygroup.be/remember-worked-home/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/remember-worked-home/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:01:17 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/nl/?p=5307   “911 OPERATOR: 911—what’s your emergency? ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home. OPERATOR: O.K., is anyone else there with you, sir? ROBERT: No, I’m alone. OPERATOR: And when’s the last time you saw someone else? Was that today? ROBERT: Uh, my wife . . . this morning, […]

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“911 OPERATOR: 911—what’s your emergency?

ROBERT: Hi, I . . . uh . . . I work from home.

OPERATOR: O.K., is anyone else there with you, sir?

ROBERT: No, I’m alone.

OPERATOR: And when’s the last time you saw someone else? Was that today?

ROBERT: Uh, my wife . . . this morning, I guess.

OPERATOR: Anyone else?

ROBERT: I don’t think so. Well, the mailman, but that was through the blinds. I don’t know if that counts.

OPERATOR: I’m afraid not. (Pause.) I’m going to ask you to open the blinds, O.K.? Let’s go ahead and let some light in.

ROBERT: How much light??

OPERATOR: Just a little is fine.

ROBERT: O.K. (Pause.) I did it. (Pause.) It’s bright. It feels so bright on my face.

OPERATOR: That’s good. That’s how it’s supposed to feel. (Pause.) I need you to tell me what you’re wearing, O.K.?

ROBERT: You know . . . just regular clothes.

OPERATOR: Outside clothes or inside clothes?

ROBERT: Hold on, I’ll check. (Pause.) Pajamas. I’m wearing my pajamas. I could swear I’d changed into regular . . . I thought these were jeans!

OPERATOR: It’s O.K., sir. Calm down.

ROBERT: Wait, this isn’t even a shirt. It’s just my skin! Goddammit.

OPERATOR: So just pajama bottoms, then. Can we assume that you haven’t showered today?

ROBERT: I don’t know.

OPERATOR: I need you to walk over to the bathroom to see if your towel is damp. O.K.? Can you do that for me?

ROBERT: I think so.

OPERATOR: Great.

ROBERT: I’m walking over there. (Pause.) O.K., I’m here. I’m in the bathroom. I see my towel . . . .

(Muffled sobs.)

OPERATOR: Sir?

ROBERT: It’s dry.

OPERATOR: O.K., that’s O.K. Let’s get you back over to the window where the light is, all right? Walk toward the light. (Pause.) What’s your name, sir?

ROBERT: Robert.

OPERATOR: Hi, Robert. I’m Cherise.

ROBERT: Hi, Cherise.

OPERATOR: You did the right thing by calling today, Robert. I’m going to get some people over there soon to help you, O.K.? And I’ll stay with you on the phone until they get there. Do you understand?

ROBERT: I think so.

OPERATOR: Now, Robert, did you eat anything today?

ROBERT: Yes. Many times.

OPERATOR: Are you eating now, Robert?

ROBERT: I keep putting things in my mouth a lot.

OPERATOR: O.K., can you tell me what food you’ve eaten today?

ROBERT: You mean everything?

OPERATOR: Yes.

ROBERT: I don’t know exactly. I mean, I started out with breakfast before my wife left for work . . . scrambled eggs with toast and coffee . . . and then I think I maybe had a bowl of cereal when she left.

OPERATOR: Is that it?

ROBERT: Like an hour or so later . . . I had a banana with peanut butter.

OPERATOR: Did you slice the banana?

ROBERT: No. I dipped it right into the jar, because no one was watching. (Pause.) No one watches.

OPERATOR: So no plate or anything?

ROBERT: No.

OPERATOR: And that was it until lunch?

ROBERT: No.

OPERATOR: What else did you have?

ROBERT: I made a quesadilla . . . another bowl of cereal, I think . . . and some pretzels, the flat ones that are like chips. I love those.

OPERATOR: Those are good. (Pause.) And did you have lunch after that or was that lunch?

ROBERT: (Pause.) I remember ham . . . lots of ham.

OPERATOR: In a sandwich?

ROBERT: No. No sandwich. Just ham pieces. (Pause.) There were also some . . . spoonfuls of chocolate frosting, two or three . . . green peppers, I think, and yogurt. A large tub of yogurt. Peach.

OPERATOR: O.K., Robert, you understand that what you just described isn’t really lunch, right?

ROBERT: It is lunch. When there are no rules, it is lunch, Cherise!

OPERATOR: Did you at any point dip the green peppers in the peach yogurt?

ROBERT: Probably. Sorry.

OPERATOR: That’s O.K. (Pause.) Now, Robert, did you get any work done today?

ROBERT: I don’t think so. I was supposed to make a deck for a meeting and I . . . I started it . . . I started the deck.

OPERATOR: And then you stopped?

ROBERT: The Internet has fun things for me to do . . . so I did them. (Pause.) I think I played some guitar, too . . . oh, and I separated all the dimes from my change jar, which took a while.

OPERATOR: Why did you do that?

ROBERT: I have four hundred and seventy-nine dimes.

OPERATOR: (Pause.) Anything else?

ROBERT: Then I got sucked into watching a YouTube video about meerkats.

OPERATOR: A documentary?

ROBERT: Yeah. (Pause.) And then that led me to . . . other videos . . . that weren’t documentaries. . . . It’s not important.

OPERATOR: So you started to watch pornography?

ROBERT: Yes.

OPERATOR: You went from meerkats straight to pornography?

ROBERT: That’s right, yeah.

OPERATOR: (Pause.) And how long did you spend watching videos?

ROBERT: It doesn’t matter because I make my own schedule . . . you know? (Pause.) Cherise?

OPERATOR: I understand. Now, since you didn’t get any work done, do you think you may have exercised today?

ROBERT: I don’t remember. . . . It’s possible, I guess.

OPERATOR: Can you look around the house for me and tell me if you see any signs that you may have exercised? Sneakers, gym shorts, ThighMaster? Anything.

ROBERT: Uh . . . I don’t see anything, I don’t think. (Pause.) Wait, I see a yoga mat.

OPERATOR: Oh, O.K., good. Is it your yoga mat?

ROBERT: No.

(Sounds of hysterical sobbing.)

OPERATOR: Robert? I need you to stay with me, O.K.? The E.M.T.s should be there shortly, and I’m going to need you to let them in. Can you do that?

ROBERT: O.K.

OPERATOR: You mentioned a meeting earlier. What time is your meeting today, Robert?

ROBERT: Four-thirty.

OPERATOR: O.K., well, the E.M.T.s are going to help you get that deck ready and get you showered and changed.

ROBERT: It’s just a conference call.

OPERATOR: Regardless. And they’ll help tidy things up around there before your wife gets back, O.K., Robert?

ROBERT: Thank you.

OPERATOR: But, until they get there, no more eating and no more meerkat videos, O.K.?

(Silence.)

ROBERT: I work from home.

OPERATOR: Shh-shh-shh . . . I know you do.

Read more : http://www.newyorker.com/humor/daily-shouts/i-work-from-home 

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Getting rid of SAD at The Library http://thelibrarygroup.be/getting-rid-of-sad-at-the-library/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/getting-rid-of-sad-at-the-library/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:39:21 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5254 Growing up in the long, dark Scandinavian winters does not, unfortunately, make you immune to a touch of SAD – which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Basically, your classic winter slow mood, with a bit of lethargy, feelings of gloom and cravings for carbohydrates thrown in. Something has to be done! Did you know that… […]

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Growing up in the long, dark Scandinavian winters does not, unfortunately, make you immune to a touch of SAD – which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. Basically, your classic winter slow mood, with a bit of lethargy, feelings of gloom and cravings for carbohydrates thrown in. Something has to be done!

Did you know that…

‘”In the distant past human’s lived in the outdoors and were exposed to sufficient levels of sunlight the whole year round even in the northern and southern hemispheres. However, nowadays our lives are mainly carried out indoors due to work pressures, busy lifestyles and change in social behaviours. With the advent of television and the growth in computer, phone and tablet based entertainment we spend more time than ever indoors and miss out on the light cues our body needs”.

Yup. Not great, right? However, your business would suffer if you just gave in to the season and started hibernating at home in your woolly socks with stacks of toast next to you. So to help you out of the gloom, we have invested in a SAD Therapy daylight lamp for every Library. The basic idea behind the SAD Therapy lamps is to create a simulation of sunlight, so that the receptors in the eyes can trigger the required Serotonin release within the brain for natural sleep cycles and general feelings of well-being.

It’s best to use the lamp in the morning, so you will not be too alert at night. So when you arrive at The Library in the morning, just take the lamp to your office for some light therapy or book it in advance at reception.

And then cake, Friday drinks and good company will have to do their parts as well for a gloom-free winter at The Library.

Enjoy the fake sunshine!

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Meet Mattia – a Neapolitan addition to The Library Group Team http://thelibrarygroup.be/meet-mattia-neapolitan-addition-library-group-team/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/meet-mattia-neapolitan-addition-library-group-team/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:48:55 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5233 In January, Mattia, who was born and raised in Napoli, joined us at The Library Group to work at all three houses along with the rest of the team. But what is behind the handsome and friendly exterior? More friendliness and no dirty secrets, it seems…   1. What do you like about Brussels? M: […]

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In January, Mattia, who was born and raised in Napoli, joined us at The Library Group to work at all three houses along with the rest of the team. But what is behind the handsome and friendly exterior? More friendliness and no dirty secrets, it seems…

 

1. What do you like about Brussels?

M: ” It’s a small capital, but with lots of energy. You feel part of a community unlike bigger cities like Paris and London. I also like that it is so international. You can go out with friends and speak 3-4 languages in a night. Even if it’s a small city, there is loads of things to do and lots of events going on. You can always find new things to do and to discover.”

2. You are the second youngest out of four brothers; how has it shaped your personality?

M: ” I had to fight for my rights in my family. When you have two older brothers, everything that you want, you’ll have to conquer and fight for. I always had to have discussions with especially my mum to get my first scooter, my first mobile phone or even to get the right to go out with friends.”

3. What is your favourite dish?

M: ” It depends on my mood. One of my favourite things to eat in Napoli is pizza with mozzarella di bufala. I prefer to eat at home, because meals prepared at home are always made with love and energy. “

4. What has surprised you during your first week of work at The Library?

M : ” I was expecting the members to be serious, business environment types. But the members at all three houses are so kind and have really made me feel part of a real community, where we share lunch times and experiences. It’s fresh and much more friendly than I thought.”

5. What would we be surprised to know about you?

M : ” I like cooking for other people and love organising dinners. It’s something that I had to learn since I left Napoli (and my mum). I used to be terrible at cooking and now I am actually quite good at it and will even cook for my family in Napoli and for my girlfriend of course. “

If you need Mattia’s help, just contact him at ms@thelibrarygroup.be.

 

 

 

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Fashion trends at The Library Group http://thelibrarygroup.be/fashion-trends-library-group/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/fashion-trends-library-group/#respond Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:14:44 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5190 Meet Pierre-Antoine, young and promising high-end fashion designer with a unique perspective. How did you start your career as a fashion designer and what was your inspiration and motivation? P-A: “I was always passionate about fashion and beauty, I studied fashion in Paris and then in Belgium at the prestigious Royal Academy of Antwerp. In 2010, after […]

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Meet Pierre-Antoine, young and promising high-end fashion designer with a unique perspective.
  1. How did you start your career as a fashion designer and what was your inspiration and motivation?

P-A: “I was always passionate about fashion and beauty, I studied fashion in Paris and then in Belgium at the prestigious Royal Academy of Antwerp. In 2010, after I got my degree, I moved to Brussels and I decided to start my career as a freelancer while still collaborating with big fashion brands.  My work is versatile, textile design, design of women’s clothing, creation of a loungewear collection for men and product management for other brands is also part of my activities. I also work occasionally as a producer of fashion-related events and I also give Fashion history courses and garment in Paris as part of a program for American students.

My background allowed me to launch myself as freelancer and gave me the opportunity to express myself and to understand the overall structure of the company, which is not easy to do when you are an employee. I love traveling, especially in India, Africa, the United States where I can discover different textile work that inspires me a lot for my new and future collections.”

  1. What is currently your business goal?

P-A: “I like to create connections and work on different projects in various fields. Such as art exhibitions, create and produce collections, organizing events related to fashion and beauty or entrepreneurial projects. For now, I am very satisfied with this accelerated life rhythm.”

  1. Why did you choose “The Library”?

“It all started four years ago, when a friend of mine told me about this beautiful concept. As I am still travelling often I thought that coworking will be great for me. I visited The Library and I liked very much the space and the international networking.

I also, organize workshops sometimes therefore this is the perfect place for my work projects.

Besides, it’s so close to home and I love this nice district of Brussels.”

More info:

Personal website: http://pierreantoinev.com/

Workshops makeup & Brunch: http://www.makeupandbrunch.be/

Loungewear collection: www.kuudl.com

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Client Management Workshop http://thelibrarygroup.be/client-management-workshop/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/client-management-workshop/#respond Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:58:09 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5172 How to prevent or deal with unpaid invoices? We all know how important is to manage expectations in order to maintain rewarding relationships with our clients. That’s why, we recently met with young entrepreneur and lawyer Alexiane Wyns. Together we will offer an interactive workshop for Library members on 25 October at The Library Ixelles.  […]

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How to prevent or deal with unpaid invoices?

We all know how important is to manage expectations in order to maintain rewarding relationships with our clients. That’s why, we recently met with young entrepreneur and lawyer Alexiane Wyns. Together we will offer an interactive workshop for Library members on 25 October at The Library Ixelles.  We asked Alexiane a few questions to get you in the mood:

  1. What is the first step to take on how to best manage your clients?

 “Start by double-checking the financial health of your customers. I will introduce you to a few tools on how to do that. Besides, a well-informed client will be less reluctant to pay your invoice in the end. We will discuss how you can improve this step. Finally, a close follow-up of sent invoices and late payments is essential and there are many things you can do before you will need a lawyer.”

  1. What do you think Library members can learn from your workshop?

“We can see business as a game and laws as the rules of the game. There are some specific rules about payment obligations. We will learn this together by sharing our experiences and I will give some strategic tips to the participants.”

  1. How did you get to know The Library?

“I’m a volunteer at Leadarise, a network and community aimed to empower aspiring female leaders to achieve their career ambitions. The Library is a big supporter of Leadarise and we often run events at the different Library locations –  and that’s how I met Anne-Sofie.”

For more info, check out  http://www.alexianewyns.com/  or contact us directly. All Library members are automatically invited. If you are not a Library member and wish to receive an invitation, please contact us directly via this link.

“Client Management Workshop” by Alexiane Wyns will take place at The Library Ixelles on Tuesday the 25th of October starting at 17:30, rue de l’Aurore 4 , 1000 Brussels.

Let’s say goodbye to late payments together!

 

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ZEN Week at The Library http://thelibrarygroup.be/zen-week-library/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/zen-week-library/#respond Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:38:04 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5156 Research shows that entrepreneurs and independents are more prone to anxiety and stress than people in 9h-17h jobs. At The Library, we’ve decided to take mental health into our own hands by introducing ZEN week from 3 to 7 October. Join our free workshops and meet other entrepreneurs and fellow members. On 3 October, members […]

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Research shows that entrepreneurs and independents are more prone to anxiety and stress than people in 9h-17h jobs.

At The Library, we’ve decided to take mental health into our own hands by introducing ZEN week from 3 to 7 October. Join our free workshops and meet other entrepreneurs and fellow members.

On 3 October, members are invited to an introduction to meditation by Geraldine de la Vigne at The Library Europe from 17:00 to 19:00.

On 4 October, Library member Clarisse will give an introduction to European Law for expats. Getting your house in order is a great way to achieve inner peace. Take the workshop at The Library Europe from 17:00 to 19:00.

4 October is also the date for a workshop by Baldwin Berges on how to win more business. Improving your financial situation will combat your sleepless nights and give you more energy. Improve your sales skills at The Library Ambiorix from 18:30 to 20:30.

5 October is the date for the long-awaited stress management workshop by external coach Kat Matina. The workshop offers training and individual coaching that will completely change your ability to deal with stress and broker your energy for work and in life. Kat Matina is a founder of Relaunch Coaching (www.relaunchcoaching.com) and partner at Q3T (www.q3t.eu). She is an ICF certified coach and trainer. Her passion is to help individuals and teams foster their growth and success, achieving breakthroughs and outstanding results on the way while keeping the balance and stressing less. At The Library Ixelles from 17:30 till 19:00.

On the evening of 6 October, we invite you for a meet-up with other entrepreneurs hosted by VOKA (Flemmish Chamber of Commerce) and The Library. Hear inspiring stories by the CEO of Uber and our very own members Louis and Charles-Edouard from The Library Ixelles. The event takes place at The Library Europe from 18:00 to 20:30.

Finally, on Sunday 9 October. Pierre Antoine from The Library Ixelles will host a Makeup & Brunch event at The Library Ambiorix. Because inner beauty is not always enough… Library members get 10% off the price. Check the Members of The Library Facebook group for more information.

And on the 7th of October….we relax.  Get your ZEN on with us at The Library.

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Treasure making at The Library http://thelibrarygroup.be/treasures-magic-art-jewelry-library/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/treasures-magic-art-jewelry-library/#respond Mon, 05 Sep 2016 13:18:18 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5132   We are pleased to present another one of our Library members, a jewellery designer who deserves to be known and well known. It’s been almost two years since Axelle Delhaye joined us at The Library. She spends her life in a beautiful world apart; timeless, sophisticated, unexpected and magical. Each piece of jewellery is […]

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We are pleased to present another one of our Library members, a jewellery designer who deserves to be known and well known.

It’s been almost two years since Axelle Delhaye joined us at The Library. She spends her life in a beautiful world apart; timeless, sophisticated, unexpected and magical.

Each piece of jewellery is unique and her work is based primarily on the research of antique jewellery from the Victorian era. Rich symbols, Victorian designs, hidden and coded messages through precious stones are her favourite subjects.

She likes to travel the world, to visit the antique shops, to participate at auction sales and even go treasure hunting in the attics of her friends’ grandmothers.

After having found treasures, she studies the best way to offer them a new life. It is exactly this passionate, wonderful combination of past and present, which make her pieces treats for the eyes.

There is something for everyone and every taste, in all colours:

Bracelets, earrings, necklaces, flowers, insects, symbols of the country, amulets, lucky charms, precious stones, coral, pearls etc.

We are very pleased for Axelle that she is soon to take on another adventure; the opening of her shop in the well-known district of Place Brugmann in Brussels.

Discover her universe and contact her personally here: www.axelledelhaye.com

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Design and art of creativity at The Library Europe http://thelibrarygroup.be/design-art-creativity-library-europe/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/design-art-creativity-library-europe/#respond Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:29:31 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5094 “We Are Viewtiful” creates unique and memorable experiences for yours business. The Library met the young and talented Chris and Arnaud, who have recently launched their own studio “We Are Viewtiful”. To demonstrate that the visual can play a key role in the image of the company, they have opted for the methodology of “user […]

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“We Are Viewtiful” creates unique and memorable experiences for yours business.

The Library met the young and talented Chris and Arnaud, who have recently launched their own studio “We Are Viewtiful”. To demonstrate that the visual can play a key role in the image of the company, they have opted for the methodology of “user experience”. They are preparing major projects and they have reserved for us some amazing surprises.

  1. What was your motivation and inspiration for starting « We are viewtiful »?

WAV: “Chris was always passionate about the photography, that’s why at some point he decided to transform his passion into his job. He started as an independent photographer in Brussels, surrounded by professionals and with a dogged determination.  I was already working for few years as a freelance web designer in Paris on behalf of several companies and startups. Despite the distance between us, we were very close and that’s why we were always interested in each other’s projects and work. We started to work together helping and advising in order to succeed in our jobs.  Thanks to the good agreement and quality results, we have decided that the time has come to gather our talents and start our own business.  Thus, once I moved in Brussels, together with my cousin Chris, we created our studio “We are Viewtiful”.”

  1. What is currently your business goal?

WAV:  “We are a creative studio specialized in art direction and user experience. We provide tailored services according to the needs of our customers. All the projects are unique and they are based on an immersive approach and precaution. Knowing everything about the products, the brands and the consumers is essential for a good quality work. The user is always in the center of each reflection; we must know his habits, his expectations, etc. We help them design specific solutions for they goal (= user experience). The range of services that we are offering is vast: websites, photo shootings, promotional videos, graphic identities, UI / UX, etc.

We also launched a new concept “Beautiful People” and every summer, we prepare a promotional event for the artists “Beautiful Summer Party” and this year it will be the second edition of # BSP16. See you on 27th of August 2016.”

More info on: www.jesuisbeautifulpeople.com 

  1. What are you first impressions of “The Library“?

“One year ago, we were looking for coworking spaces and offices for rent in Brussels. We visited several until the day when we stumbled on the website of The Library Group. The philosophy and its charm quickly attracted us. After visiting the office and meeting the team, we decided to join this friendly community. The flexibility and ease of The Library is what we like a lot and also the credibility that we can offer to our clients. Since we became members, we are very happy, fulfilled and privileged. ☺

For more info about We are Viewtiful, check out their site :  www.weareviewtiful.be

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Guest blog: The Library Academy http://thelibrarygroup.be/the-library-academy/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/the-library-academy/#respond Tue, 19 Jul 2016 12:42:10 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5035 Guest blog: The Library Academy Who would have thought that you can actually create a place that feels like a cosy boutique hotel with warm people that almost seem like they live there and still have a space that makes you want to get to work!? Our friends at The Library have proven that if […]

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Guest blog: The Library Academy

Who would have thought that you can actually create a place that feels like a cosy boutique hotel with warm people that almost seem like they live there and still have a space that makes you want to get to work!? Our friends at The Library have proven that if you really mean it, you can do anything!

 

Early on, way before I ‘moved in’ with you all, we had talked much about making the Library a place where people could learn and grow. And as you know, there is a quite a menu available ranging from the practical all the way to the inspirational and even the spiritual. I am so glad to have been a part of that.

I am happy to announce that we will be starting a new season of The Library Academy in September! We took the best parts of last year’s program (check it out here; http://bd-insider.usefedora.com/courses/business-voodoo)and put all the lessons from last year’s experience into practice.

So here’s what’s coming:

Systematic Business Development

This is all about creating a practical system that helps you follow up with your best customers, and while you are at it, it makes sure that you are adding so much value to them that they eventually chose to give the business to you.

This is a practical session that will help you brainstorm on how to create amazing follow up experiences. The best ideas are often inspired by other lines of work. For example, what ideas can a B2B business pick up from the way a coach wins clients?

You would be amazed at how serendipitous the process behind of the greatest breakthroughs really were…

Storify Your Business

We are all wired for stories. It is how we have always shared information. When you tell a good story, people pay attention!

Knowing how to tell a great story goes a long way to conquer a place in the minds and hearts of your prospects. This is an interactive workshop where you put together a script for your business that will earn your customer’s attention.

Everybody can tell a great story, we do it all the time, even in our heads. You’ll be surprised to see that there is a format that works every time. Hint: it is the secret that those people use to make you want to watch hours and hours of all those TV series…

Future Proof

If I had a tattoo, it would probably say: “You can’t do tomorrow’s work with yesterday’s skills and expect to be in business tomorrow”.

Future Proof is an experience to think about your business and/or your career in a near future of exponential technological innovation. We’ll play a simulation game where you will need to consider your strategy to stay relevant in a fascinating, but often confusing near future.

Investor Pitches

I made this program to help people more successfully resonate with investors – also known to be the toughest ‘customers’ in town. Interestingly, the same skills to land investors are also required to convince people to partner with us. Both are essentially about money, reputation and the promise of getting results.

There comes a time when most of us need to raise capital or secure that strategic partnership that will take us to the next level, or even save our business. Regardless if you are business owner or an employee, this is a skill set that will increase your value!

So there you have it! We will be running each of these programs every month during September, October, and November. We’re running 3 rotations of the program so most of you can get the opportunity to participate.

I’ll also be running a few test versions (like a dress rehearsal) at the end of the month, so if you are in Brussels and would like to help me test drive these babies, just let me know via email on baldwin @ bd-insider.com (I put the spaces in there to keep the spam bots away).

We’ll be in touch soon to provide you with more details such as dates and venues. Another good way to stay updated about the programs is to get on my email list via :

http://www.bd-insider.com/library

If you made all the way down here, thanks for taking the time. I’m really looking forward to this. Winter is coming (or summer never came), so let’s make sure it gets nice and warm between our ears!

Take care

Baldwin

 

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Wall Paper and well-being http://thelibrarygroup.be/wall-paper-well/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/wall-paper-well/#respond Thu, 07 Jul 2016 14:27:59 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=5023 Today we are going to look into a piece of decoration that has made a great come back these past few years, it is essential; it is Wall paper!   Wall paper tells a story, it makes a room lively and cosy. If you are afraid of covering all of the walls, then you can also […]

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Today we are going to look into a piece of decoration that has made a great come back these past few years, it is essential; it is Wall paper!

 

Wall paper tells a story, it makes a room lively and cosy. If you are afraid of covering all of the walls, then you can also choose to cover only one, it will still make a noticeable difference.

The creation of your  corporate image is a step forward to succeed on your own in business . This is why the three business centres The Library are located in prestigious neighborhoods in Brussels. Charming meeting rooms, offices for rent and its beautiful coworking spaces are the proof of a meticulous and daring work done by Anne-Sofie van den Born Rehfeld , founder of The Library. In addition to Scandinavian and modern style , Anne -Sofie chose Tapet Cafe to decorate three The Library.

Tapet Cafe was founded in 1974 by a Danish family. They have decorated hotels, restaurants as well as the Danish Royal Court and have collaborated with different designers such as Helen Blanche.

The choice is wide and there is something for everyone! geometric, floral, art deco or conservative. Really, have a look:

http://tapet-cafe.dk/category/products/wallpaper/

The Tea Room at The Library Ambiorix is decorated with Helen Blanche’s hand drawn Tea room wall paper (hence the name) blue birds, tree leaves flowers and branches! The room is peaceful and dreamy as the wall paper cover the entire walls.

The Library Ambiorix – Tea Room Getty images Maria Lind Photography

The Library Ambiorix – Tea Room Getty images Maria Lind Photography

 

If you like the wall paper, click on the link below:

http://tapet-cafe.dk/tea-house-paper/

In the kitchen and lounge area at The Library Ixelles, willow leaves bring freshness and even reminds us that we are indeed in summer, even when the weather is morose.

We love relaxing and sipping on our ice teas surrounded by the beautiful wall paper.

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The Library Ixelles – Lunch Getty images Maria Lind Photography

If you like the wall paper, click on the link below:

http://tapet-cafe.dk/willow-510663/

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Lugomedia joins The Library Europe http://thelibrarygroup.be/lugomedia-joins-library-europe/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/lugomedia-joins-library-europe/#respond Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:43:28 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=4998 Discover LUGOMEDIA – full service media & EU affairs consultancy providing support in EU affairs consulting, publishing, business development, communications and event management.  About two months ago, Aleksandra and Filip, a nice couple with grand personalities, joined us at The Library Europe. We met with Aleksandra over a coffee in our cozy Sky Room and talked about their business and future plans. Aleksandra, when did you start working on your own […]

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Discover LUGOMEDIA – full service media & EU affairs consultancy providing support in EU affairs consulting, publishing, business development, communications and event management. 

About two months ago, Aleksandra and Filip, a nice couple with grand personalities, joined us at The Library Europe. We met with Aleksandra over a coffee in our cozy Sky Room and talked about their business and future plans.

  1. Aleksandra, when did you start working on your own and what inspired you to launch LUGOMEDIA?  

“For several years I worked as a Conference Manager at EUobserver and was in charge of organizing all their EU affairs events. The more events I organized the more people showed interest in my work hence as any Business major, I saw a lot of opportunities in this. I discussed it with my boss and decided to become an ‘independent’ where I would continue to organize events for EUobserver but for other clients, as well.  In 2011, my husband Filip decided to join me on this journey and LUGOMEDIA was born. We started working from home and soon rented our first office at Place Ambiorix, then Place Luxembourg until one of our clients introduced us to The Library Group  which we became part of just a little while ago.”

        2. At the moment, what is your company’core business?

“Lately we have divided our business into 3 spheres:

  • EU affairs events(under the umbrella of EUvent www.euvent.be ) – we organizer events bottom-up for our clients. From content writing till registration, from full logistics to securing high-level speakers, moderators, drafting balanced panel discussions to ensuring press & media coverage
  • Communication, Consulting and Business Development support for our clients which include various national and regional governments, big industry names such as Google, various NGOs, most of EU Institutions and variety of others. Full list is available on our site: www.lugomedia.eu
  • Launching our own projects such as “Stakeholder Monitor,”“Upcoming EU Affairs Events in Brussels,” and a few more currently being in the development phase.”

        3. What are your first impressions of “The Library”?

“Loving it! Nice and cozy, beautiful décor, exceptionally friendly staff and very helpful team always ready to assist you with whatever you may need. The Library is a great concept which offers fancy courses and a handful of opportunities all with a purpose of making small business’ life easier.  We fell in love with it from the very beginning as it goes far beyond just a boring office space…

For more info on LUGOMEDIA, check out their site :  www.lugomedia.eu

 

The Library Europe, our Business Center is situated in the well know “quartier” by Montgomery. Besides its amazing meetings rooms, the center offers also personalized coworking spaces and astonishing offices for rent. We are so happy every time when we open the doors for new members. 

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How to dream during sleepless nights http://thelibrarygroup.be/dream-sleepless-nights/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/dream-sleepless-nights/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 16:54:59 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/dream-sleepless-nights/ From the imagination till the creation So how did I dream up the idea of The Library? Well, as my dream workplace was nowhere to be found, I realised (while walking in the Abbaye de la Cambre one day) that I would have to open the place myself. In a fever of excitement, I came up with […]

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From the imagination till the creation

So how did I dream up the idea of The Library?

Well, as my dream workplace was nowhere to be found, I realised (while walking in the Abbaye de la Cambre one day) that I would have to open the place myself. In a fever of excitement, I came up with the idea of mixing hotel-style services with a workplace in order to offer unprecedented personal knowledge. Et voilà, the concept of boutique business centre, coworking, private offices and meeting rooms was born all wrapped up in one name – The Library Group.

Next up was finding the right building, which was not so easy. But one Sunday morning on my way to the market, I stumbled over a derelict building in Ixelles and found that it was love at first sight. Fast forward over months of sleepless nights doing excel sheets in my mind to the recruitment of the wondrous Yasmine and Kamal (and later on, France and Marcela) – who are my first Library employees and daily sources of amusement and happiness.

Finally, on 1 September 2013, I put up The Library sign on the first building. In 2014, we opened the doors to The Library Europe and on 1 January 2016, The Library Ambiorix opened as the third location in Brussels. In the meantime, I have met so many fantastic people, who occupy the Libraries working with everything from investment banking to jewellery design. A true community of driven, fun and inspirational individuals.

If you’d like to know more about The Library, just book a trial date to come and work with us. It’s easy, fun and friendly. We have three best located houses in Brussels, you are welcome to come visit us and discover what a day at office can also be like.

I hope your dreams will come true too. Even if you’ll suffer through sleepless nights to make it happen.

www.thelibrarygroup.be

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All I wanted was friends and good lighting http://thelibrarygroup.be/wanted-friends-good-lighting/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/wanted-friends-good-lighting/#respond Thu, 26 May 2016 13:20:09 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=4919 How I discovered coworking In 2010, I arrived in Brussels from Copenhagen. Full of optimism and adventurousness, I was certain I would make friends straight away. What followed was three years working from home with the arrival of the mailman as a social highlight and too much day-time TV. I realized over the time that […]

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How I discovered coworking

In 2010, I arrived in Brussels from Copenhagen. Full of optimism and adventurousness, I was certain I would make friends straight away. What followed was three years working from home with the arrival of the mailman as a social highlight and too much day-time TV.

I realized over the time that being at home all day quite alone is not the recipe for integration and happiness in a new country. So I compiled a list with everything my dream workplace would have to offer and it looked something like this:

  1. Other people
  2. A nice smell
  3. Business networking opportunities
  4. Internet that works all day, every day
  5. Good lighting
  6. A Christmas party
  7. Inspirational events
  8. Meeting rooms that would make me proud to invite clients over
  9. Snacks

However, that place was simply nowhere to be found. Meanwhile, I found that my personality slowly turned from extrovert to introvert. It was clear that something had to be done…little did I know that coworking in a boutique business centre,  with unique offices and great meeting rooms, would be the answer. Check in in a couple of days to see how the story evolved.

Meanwhile, this little video shows pretty well, how coworking has evolved in the last couple of years:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=le0dfcG_jVw

 

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Balancing events in coworking http://thelibrarygroup.be/large-scaled-business-coworking-library-ambiorix/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/large-scaled-business-coworking-library-ambiorix/#respond Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:46:27 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=4516 Enjoy one-of-a-kind experience thanks to “Balance Event Design” Since opening, The Library Ambiorix, welcomed new members to its coworking spaces, offices for rent or in its charming meeting rooms.  Members dedicated to their professions and who share with us their passions, values and expertise. Today we decided to introduce you the coworker of The Library […]

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Enjoy one-of-a-kind experience thanks to “Balance Event Design”

Since opening, The Library Ambiorix, welcomed new members to its coworking spaces, offices for rent or in its charming meeting rooms.  Members dedicated to their professions and who share with us their passions, values and expertise. Today we decided to introduce you the coworker of The Library Ambiorix, Thierry d’Otreppe and his company “Balance Event Design “. A new innovative agency, born from a desire of beauty and efficiency, specializing in corporate events. In order to find out more about its activities, The Library has interviewed Thierry during a nice coffee break in the ” Tea Room ” at The Library Ambiorix.

  1. Thierry, how did you start your business as an “Event Planner” and what was your inspiration and motivation?

T: After working as sound and light engineer for many years, in many different environments, I have acquired a certain expertise and I built myself a good network. Step by step, I refined my vision of the market and developed my creativity, thereupon I decided to start my own business. Today, my mission is to create one-of-a-kind experiences that my clients and their guests will remember for a long time. From my point of view, it is a question of balance between the traditional codes of the event, the audacity and the innovation.

  1. At the moment, what is your company’s main goal?

T: Become a major actor in creating customized and high-end corporate events.  To offer a global concept, very personalized, reflecting the image of our customers. In the innovation spirit, Balance Event Design, will launch in October 2016, its first self-production, the “Boarding Pass” event. The first Belgian event bringing together airline pilots community and active individuals in the world of aviation.

  1. What are your first impressions of “The Library”?

T:  A pleasant working environment with friendly people all over the house; a strong emulation that we can feel in the coworking and motivation and constant help of others. The Library for me, it’s only the good side of the colleagues. For more information about “Balance Event Design”, check out their website:

http://www.balance-events.be

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The Business Breakthrough Academy at The Library http://thelibrarygroup.be/business-breakthrough-academy-at-the-library/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/business-breakthrough-academy-at-the-library/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:12:26 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=4357 Succeed in business on your own terms and build a business that people can love. At The Library, we are passionate about entrepreneurship. Hey, it’s whats behind The Library in the first place. So when Baldwin, who has been teaching our Library Academy, and Gaëtan, Library member, mentioned that they were working on a programme […]

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Succeed in business on your own terms and build a business that people can love.

At The Library, we are passionate about entrepreneurship. Hey, it’s whats behind The Library in the first place. So when Baldwin, who has been teaching our Library Academy, and Gaëtan, Library member, mentioned that they were working on a programme for entrepreneurs, I jumped on board straight away. And a beautiful brainstorm commenced.

Here are a few of the issues that we will address with The Business Breakthrough Academy:
Do you have the potential to take your business to the next level, but need to find that ‘magic formula?
Do you want to be more confident when it comes to pricing, selling, communicating and convincing your clients?
Do you feel alone, overwhelmed and burned-out, but with no way to get off the treadmill that is your business?
Maybe you’re thinking about taking the ‘big leap’ to set up your own business but you’ve been holding it off because you’re worried about failing…

The other day, we shot a quick movie at The Library Ambiorix to put a voice to what we are trying to achieve. Check it out here:
http://www.bd-insider.com/bba-program

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Celebrating ELLE’s March issue at The Library Ambiorix http://thelibrarygroup.be/celebrating-elle-march-issue-library-ambiorix/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/celebrating-elle-march-issue-library-ambiorix/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 11:07:44 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=4352 Just another amazing event organized by Leadaraise Last Friday the 19th February, at The Library Ambiorix we had the pleasure of hosting the celebration of ELLE’s neo-feminist March issue! The party was organized by Leadarise, a community of ambitious and dynamic young women, which has been supported by The Library group since their beginning in […]

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Just another amazing event organized by Leadaraise

Last Friday the 19th February, at The Library Ambiorix we had the pleasure of hosting the celebration of ELLE’s neo-feminist March issue! The party was organized by Leadarise, a community of ambitious and dynamic young women, which has been supported by The Library group since their beginning in 2013.

This transatlantic network for young women who lead in Brussels, Dublin, London and New York, has as their main goal to provide inspiration for change by leading as the most open, authentic versions of themselves. Through their work they want young women to be recognized as the inspiring leaders and role models they already are because they believe the most powerful thing they can do to close the equality gap is to help young women help each other.

In this feminist spirit in the begging of Spring, at the Women’s Day occasion, ELLE Belgium, represented by Béa Ercolini interviewed the Leadarise Cofounder Laura Hemmati. Don’t miss the ELLE March issue to discover the exclusive interview and also as always a lot of interesting and fascinating articles dedicated to women.

We were happy to have these wonderful and powerful women at The Library Ambiorix and we look forward to working with them again soon.
Check out the Leadarise Facebook page for more pictures.

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A new exciting cooperation at The Library Ixelles http://thelibrarygroup.be/exciting-cooperation-at-the-library-ixelles-office-center/ http://thelibrarygroup.be/exciting-cooperation-at-the-library-ixelles-office-center/#respond Mon, 29 Feb 2016 10:58:47 +0000 http://thelibrarygroup.be/?p=4350 Adventure Photography Workshop in Uzbekistan As always, The Library coworking, offices for rent and meeting rooms, supports new ideas and original concepts. That’s why today we would like to present you the latest intra-Library cooperation, especially when it’s an exciting and out-of-the-box ones like this. Once again, the passion and creativity of our members can […]

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Adventure Photography Workshop in Uzbekistan

As always, The Library coworking, offices for rent and meeting rooms, supports new ideas and original concepts. That’s why today we would like to present you the latest intra-Library cooperation, especially when it’s an exciting and out-of-the-box ones like this. Once again, the passion and creativity of our members can be seen in their work.

In order to discover more, Vita from (Bokeh Photo, Vita June) and Aurélie (Quinoa travel), both with their own offices at Library Ixelles members, have teamed-up on a workshop in Uzbekistan that combines photo practice and exotic travel.

It is a photo-story telling, photography and creative thinking workout that draws inspiration from the exotic Central Asia Silk road gem – Uzbekistan. Adventure Photography Workshop in Uzbekistan will help you learn to capture and align powerful photo stories and it will change the way you photograph regardless of the photo equipment you use.

Another way to combine two passions and discover more about it, in a real action adventure. Get yourself new memories and learning some new tips, it only can be good for you or your business.

For everyone who likes photography and travel this could be the best opportunity to gain extra knowledge and have some fun in the same time.

For more information about it, you can check it out below.
http://www.bokehphotoclub.com/photo-workshops.php

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