Vincent Van Duysen
Vincent Van Duysen was born 1962 in Lokeren, Belgium.
He attended architecture school at the Architecture Institute Saint-Lucas in Ghent and founded his design studio in Antwerp in 1990.
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’.
‘Starting as a young architect, one of the first fabric brands I used for my interior projects was Sahco. I remember very well using some textiles made of beautiful dyed wool for the customized furniture I designed at the time.
I always had a deep affinity to fabrics, which comes from the deep textile tradition we have here in Flanders, but it is also due to the fact that my father was involved in a textile business. I use a lot of natural, tactile and warm materials in my projects, that’s the reason why fabrics play a very dominant role in my work.’
From 2018 until 2020, Vincent Van Duysen worked alongside Anna Vilhelmine Ebbesen as Art Director for Sahco.