Essence of home: an intimate photo diary with the family behind the brand

by | 02 Jul 2020 | Suppliers

Our homes and gardens are there to nurture us, especially during these unsettling times. We asked the Tribù family members to share a glimpse of their own gardens, and what they mean to them.

We visited Lode and his wife Rina as well as their sons Koen and Tom for an intimate photo diary.

Lode & Rina
Lode, the founding father of Tribù, and his wife Rina, responsible for the styling at Tribù, have created a welcoming outdoor room with a Shindi rug, Nomad pouf, Drops side table and Elio easy chair. The centrepiece is a Pure sofa in teak with Rina’s choice of softly contrasting deco cushions, which show her keen eye for colour and detail.

The Pure sofa has been in the Tribù collection for 20 years and looks as contemporary as when Lode first introduced it. In fact it was the first outdoor sofa to bring the interior look and feel outside, tempting us to spend more time in our gardens. “We think we are nurturing our garden, but in fact our garden is nurturing us. It gives us inspiration, energy and so much happiness,” says Lode.

Eating outside together is always a pleasure – especially accompanied by their beloved dogs Ginger and Cooper. A white Illum dining table and CTR armchairs with linen weaving set the scene for an al fresco lunch.

Before the day gets too busy, eldest brother Koen, who is Tribù’s CEO, finds time for a quiet coffee in his CTR club chair. “I love to get up early in the morning and see the sun rise and my garden awaken, hear the sound of the birds and enjoy a fresh cup of home brewed coffee on my terrace.”

Koen, his wife Christine and their daughters Bo and Liv eat together outside whenever they can, gathering around their Nox table with wengé frame and lava stone top in Ocean, paired with Illum armchairs.

“The Nox table is equally suitable for use indoors as it is outdoors. In fact we have another Nox table in the living room. Before Covid-19, we enjoyed having friends around the table, cooking and talking together and enjoying a home-made meal with a good bottle of Brunello di Montalcino.” – Koen.

Tom, managing partner at Tribù and Elena, an interior designer, share a love for fine design. They both love to make the most of their home and garden. Inviting friends over for al fresco dining is a shared passion. The terraces create different spaces in the garden to enjoy this to the utmost.
A Vis à Vis dining table and Mood armchairs create a perfect setting to enjoy with friends. Lots of memories have been made around this table, memories that in these times are even more precious.

Enjoying a glass of wine is Tom’s ideal way to unwind after a demanding day. Tom and Elena’s Senja sofa, set around a Branch low table with teak top, gives them a cosy space to talk or just take in the peaceful view.

“Enjoying the simple moments in life is important to me. Capturing the last sunshine of the day in my garden is one of the moments I love,” says Tom.


Exclusive, high-end garden furniture is the playground of Belgium's Tribù. In the early '90s, Tribù was one of the pioneers of seeing the patio and garden as an extension of the house.

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