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Vincent Van Duysen. Designer profile

Vincent Van Duysen was born in Lokeren Belgium in 1962. After graduating from the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent he worked with Aldo Cibic in Milan, followed by a collaboration with Jean De Meulder in Antwerp.

In 1989, Vincent Van Duysen Architects was established and the firm has grown into a team of more than twenty collaborators working on projects ranging from product design for numerous international brands to commercial and large-scale architectural projects with the focus on high-end residences in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA. Vincent has collaborated with Flos over a number of years, bringing his singular vision to a number of their outstanding designs, including the new Oblique.

Oblique| Flos

Nothing is as beautiful as daylight.
The moment darkness falls and artificial light is needed, it can be approached in different ways.
Daylight can be simulated in a very technical way or artificial light can be accessed intimately with a domestic and warm appearance

Vincent Van Duysen

From the outset, Vincent’s fascination with the interplay between architecture, interior and product design has inspired many projects that employ subtle transitions between these disciplines and a studious approach to spatial design, all of which strive to release the true essence of his designs. His use of pure and tactile materials translates into clean, timeless design in which the senses and physical experience of space, textures and light all place the user firmly at its core. Functionality, durability and comfort are the prime components of his work, resulting in a language designed to express true aesthetics rather than fashion or popular trend.

An award-winning designer

Throughout his career, Van Duysen has received many awards including the recent Flemish Culture Prize for Design, Belgian Designer of the Year and the Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award. His name has been included in the AD100 survey by the Architectural Digest network on numerous occasions. In 2016, Van Duysen was appointed Art Director of Italian brands Molteni&C and Dada, reshaping their global image by designing flagship stores, exhibition stands and a series of new products. From 2018 to May 2020, he covered the role of creative director at Sahco for Kvadrat, after which he has been collaborating with them as a senior designer.

For many years, Van Duysen’s work has been appearing on a number of prestigious international publications. and his projects have featured in monographs edited by renowned publishing house Thames & Hudson.

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This article and more are on our Fresh Magazine Issue n.5 2020