Belén is a design studio founded by Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen, both of whom are mentors on the Geo-Design and Social Design master’s programmes at Design Academy Eindhoven. Their work focuses on creative direction and material research, translation and application

Based in Amsterdam, Belén’s material research explores the interconnectedness of all living things, informed by a profound desire to create sustainable and attractive living environments. The studio collaborates with craftspeople, scientists, institutions and industry partners, designing interiors, products, materials, textures and surfaces that support and foster a sense of place and time.

Research is integral to Belén’s working process: a project that explored the human relation with the sun, for example, led to a line of all-natural, textile-based products designed to be used in place of sunscreen lotions and polyester sunshades. Duijf and Langenhuijsen regard and design interiors as living, breathing environments, respecting and treating them as organic entities. Their studio’s work has been acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Vitra Design Museum.

ReThink project