Tray By Vincent Van Duysen in Walnut
Designer: Vincent Van Duysen for when objects work.
Vincent Van Duysen was born in Lokeren, Belgium, in 1962, and undertook a degree in Architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint-Lucas, Ghent. Between 1986 and 1987 Van Duysen worked in Milan collaborating with Aldo Cibic – Sottsass Associati, after which, in 1990, he opened his studio in Antwerp specializing in architecture and interiors.
A strong relationship exists between Van Duysen’s designs and his architectural projects – he chooses to develop furniture and objects from an architectural perspective – creating spatial relations rather than shapes. A rescaled interpretation of his architectural work, Van Duysen creates pieces that provide a sense of purity and essentialism, yet remaining tactile and grounded.
Subsequently, many of the designs refer to essential forms, tradition or well-known masterpieces which Van Duysen redefines through a contemporary lens. A balance of form and proportion – without omitting durability, function, and comfort – is critical to the design process. The use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear and timeless design. An architectural language which is not shy of aesthetics, but resists fashion and trends. Van Duysen embraces these emotional aspects to celebrate "the art of living".
Each of the pieces in Vincent Van Duysen’s new collection for when objects work is designed as an object of independent utility and character, but also as a component of a larger ensemble. The theme of relationship in this series is key and expressed in subtle interactions between forms, materials, colors, and textures, layering juxtaposition with kinship, contrast with reciprocity. Spare and refined, but also tactile and playful, the grouped elements are susceptible to endless reconfiguration, with each new formation generating different rhythms and atmospheres.