Vincent Van Duysen, one of the world’s top interior designers, got his start as an assistant to Aldo Cibic in the legendary Milan studio of Ettore Sottsass. In 1990, he went on to establish his own studio in Antwerp, Belgium. He comes from the long and rarefied line of architects who refuse to concentrate only on the shell and also project a sense of living that is as much inside as outside. CovetED brings you all about this design professional.
Vincent Van Duysen was born 1962 in Lokeren, Belgium, and undertook a degree in Architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint Lucas, Ghent. Afterwards, Van Duysen worked in Milan collaborating with Aldo Cibic, after which, he worked with Jean De Meulder in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1990, Vincent Van Duysen Architects was established and today has grown into a team of more than twenty collaborators. Projects range from product design for numerous international brands, over commercial to bigger scale architectural projects, with a focus on high-end residences, which are located in Belgium, spread across Europe, the Middle-East and the USA.
From the onset, a definite relationship between architecture, product and interior design has been a driving force, creating projects with subtle transitions between these disciplines, combined with a spatial design attitude that always searches the essence.
The use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear and timeless design. An approach that covers all aspects, with respect to context and tradition, within which the senses and physical experience of the space, materials and light place the integrity of the user at its core. Functionality, durability and comfort are the prime components of the work. An architectural language which is not shy of aesthetics, but resists fashion and trends.
During his career, Vincent Van Duysen has received multiple awards among which recently the ‘Flemish Culture Prize for Design’ and ‘Belgian Designer of The Year’. In 2016, he was appointed Art Director of the Italian Molteni&C and Dada brands, taking care of the global image of the brand by designing flagship stores, exhibition stands and a series of new products. Vincent Van Duysen was also appointed part of the creative lead for the product development of Sahco for Kvadrat in 2018.
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