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BENDYBAY

limited edition designed for VITEO OUTDOORS

 

"I developed for the Viteo>Outdoors range a modular sofa-system, consisting of three elements that can be combined into a sequence of wide and sharp or slow and fast turns or bends, freely to be defined by the user, and undulating like a coastline. Hence also its name: BendyBay. Different from the Dish, it rests on legs in stainless steel that support the plastic mould, holding an inner volume in foam. Again, the BendyBay is weatherproof. It is said that I revolutionized out- door furniture. It probably simply comes from my Australian background: I like to create the possibility to live outdoors as if you were indoors."


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BURDEKIN TABLE

designed for the Burdekin Bar, Sydney (Australia).

 

"My early efforts to create an economical three-dimensional volume through the manipulation of a two-dimensional surface had its first commercial application in this table. The round and broadly rimmed table top is turned out of a single anodized aluminum sheet of only 3 mm thick, and is supported by three cylindrical legs in stainless steel that are screwed into the underside of the table top."

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CAGES AUX FOLLES

designed for Veerle Wenes Gallery

 

"EI was a project by curator Veerle Wenes in corporation with the Modern Chinese Art Foundation. 12 Dutch and Belgian designers and artists were invited  for a month’s stay in Beijing (China) to work with Chinese artisans and return with some new products. EI stood for ‘Entity/Identity’, but it is also the Dutch word for ‘egg’, the form I ended up with when I decided to make a birdcage, in collaboration with the Yin Sum atelier, a workshop that normally produces kites. We created three cages of which two in stainless steel and one in bamboo strips. One stands upright; the two others lie on their side. I tried to create an object that would unite the many functions of the cage into one seamless design. In each of the cages the curvy lattice organically bulges inwards, creating two ‘implosions’. The first bulge – long and tiny – is an alternative for the traditional stick on which the birds sits and rests. The second – short and wide – offers ample space for an arm to access the birdcage, while it also serves as a pedestal for a broken but precious piece of ceramic that closes the cavity, so that the birds can’t escape. The ceramic fragments are an ode to Chinese tradition that still cultivates the imperfect, the weather- beaten and broken as exceptional qualities – in great contrast to our vision on design. Two cultures – east and west, old and new – have been confronted and brought together in harmony in one single object. However, it is the old and broken piece of ceramic that is put on a pedestal."

Other participating artists: Ai Weiwei, Marina Bautier, Nathalie Dewez, Gésine Hackenberg, Chris Kabel, Toon Koehorst & Jannetje in ’t Veld, Romy Smits, Wieki Somers, Diane Steverlynck en Pieter Vermeersch.

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CD BOX

limited editions designed for MINI BMW

music by Benjamin Bialek

 

"The peculiar form of this CD-holder comes from the fact that it was the car brand Mini BMW that asked us to design such a box. The idea was to go for something minimal and sculptural, while avoiding a design that would be superfluous as a product. The wish of my client was to have a promotional tool that would be striking and seducing and comply with the image of Mini. And of course, the box had to be strong and protective. I came up with two flat plastic shells with a curvy rim that were screwed together by a hidden device in the middle, and unscrewed to reveal the CD. A hole in the rim not only brings a parking disc to mind, but also allows the names of the songs and musicians to be read when the disc is turned." 


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DOTS FOR REFLECT

limited edition designed for DEKNUDT MIRRORS

 

"Mirrors. They confront you with too bitter a reality. They even scare me. When the leading Belgian mirror manufacturer Deknudt Mirrors invited a number of designers to create a new collection of mirrors, Reflect!. I came up with an idea that expressed this horror and at the same time tried to temper the hard and implacable image. The surface of my mirror is pierced with a regular grid of small holes and lit from behind by a Led light-source. What remains is an image in pixels, like small polka dots. It gives you every time the choice : do I want to see myself or the light. The dots soften the traces of fatigue and age, while the daily confrontation also forces you to ‘reflect’ on your reflection. The mirror makes it very clear that we always have to glue these pixels together to come to a whole, a vision that remains an illusion."

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EASY RIDER

designed for BULO

 

"The innovative Belgian manufacturer of office furniture ‘Bulo’ asked me to design the newest addition to its Carte Blanche collection, a range that includes designs of renowned designers from the realms of architecture, fashion and interior design. They had seen my Man-Chi, a massage chair on which you sit backwards. Their briefing was to design a relax-office. I aimed for something that would not only require minimal means to attain maximal flexibility in terms of versatility and mobility, but would also be humorous, playful and elegant. The result is a mobile object in which the seat of the Man-Chi remains essentially the same, but the back organically spreads into circular arms that embrace the user and can be used as a backrest, armrest or working surface. A desk and seat combined into one, to sit with a laptop and mobile phone near at hand, but also offering the warmth of a comfortable armchair. Viewed from above, the Easy Rider is no more than a simple circle, with a sunken part that serves as a seat and three legs with either casters or gliders. It’s true that it resembles a baby walker, because of the suspended seat. We were originally even thinking of calling it by that name, but changed our minds because it might make people feel a little infantile. Still, it indicates the fun factor: Timberland Benelux asked me to design a new boardroom and I recommended them the Easy Rider. Immediately, the meetings seemed to take a totally different course. There’s no head of the table, and much less hierarchy, since there is no table anymore, while all participants can move away or come closer as they please, be it only to show their approval or discontent – the interaction is phenomenal. Things become much more informal, and from the very onset the ice is broken with newcomers. Technically, there are several novelties. The wheels are like those of inline skates, while the frame is covered with three-dimensional upholstery. Instead of twelve pieces required to upholster the chair it only needs three. Since its introduction as the official chair of the Interieur Biennale 02, it has also become one of my most awarded designs. It won a Red Dot Award, an Adex Platinum Award, a Henry van de Velde prize and a Good Design Award. But what pleased me most was that it was the first piece in the Carte Blanche collection that was also commercially a hit."

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GOGGLE collection

designed for BABINI OFFICE

 

 

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HYDE

designed for KOVR (Depro Profiles)

team: Andries De Winter + Bert Vermeire + Studio Danny Venlet

 

Hyde combines architectural elements and light in an invisible way where light seems to appear out of nowhere. Rethinking the concept of traditional luminaries we’ve designed an all-in-one solution: high-quality panels with a fully integrated LED lighting system. It comes in distinctive decors, true to nature and adapts harmoniously to any mood with its easily controllable light intensity. The remote control and mobile application complete the unique user experience. 

 

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ICECUBE

designed for EXTREMIS

 

"There are many times I wish design could always be this easy. When we needed an ice cooler in the DesignDoctors’ stand at the Interieur Biennale in Kortrijk, I designed a white container in rotation moulded polyethylene that looks like a giant ice-cube shining in the dark. The two 2 white-blue fluorescent lights placed underneath the cube evoke coolness and freshness. By simply turning the container upside down and because of two different depths it can be used for differently sized bottles. An optional tray provides additional space for glasses. The IceCube serves as a beacon, a space divider, a meeting point or as a perfect finishing touch to any party whether indoors or outdoors."

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JEWEL STICKS .I

limited editions designed for Veerle Wenes Gallery

 

 


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JEWEL STICKS .II

limited editions designed for Veerle Wenes Gallery

 

 


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JEWEL STICKS .III

limited editions designed for Veerle Wenes Gallery

 

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L-HOP 1

designed for DARK

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L-HOP 2

designed for DARK


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LYLO

limited edition designed for VITEO OUTDOORS

 

"Minimalism is almost exclusively associated with straight lines and angles. I’ve never understood this, and certainly not the dogma that says that curvy lines cannot be used. Look at an egg: isn’t that the most perfect minimal form? My minimalism is essentially a curvy one, organic, natural and welcoming, not intimidating. The lines are dynamic, not static. The idea of inciting movement always stood central in my designs. When Viteo asked me to do a daybed, I went for a waterbed that can be used indoors as well as outdoors. The form of its white polyester base was inspired by one of the most simple and familiar water containers one can imagine: a soup plate. The inner section has a layer of foamed plastic at the bottom, covered with a bag that is filled with water, and on top of that there’s a 5 cm thick overlay made from outdoor leather. This overlay consists of three triangles that are equal in size which forms a circle. The paradox here is that the bed gives you the feeling of being on an island, away from the maddening crowd whilst bobbing up and down the calm waters of a deep blue sea, but instead the water is inside the island and not surrounding it."


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OÏLO

designed for OXYGENE

 

 


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Q STOOL

designed for VITEO

"When I started to do interiors, I soon discovered that the market didn’t always offer what I was looking for. The Australian market was small, and there were few producers, while foreign furniture was rare and expensive, because of the transport and duty costs. And anyway: I’ve never wanted to be just a stylist living on other people’s ideas. Australia has a lot of backyard industries working on a small scale, something that is much harder to find in Europe. The Q stool obtained its name from the Q bar in Sydney, for which it was originally designed. Its form was almost exclusively defined by the desire to create a piece of furniture that would be practical, solid and innovative – of use in lounges and other public spaces. It is in one piece and has no backrest, allowing the user to turn smoothly on its axis. The structure doesn’t have any mechanical joints, which enhances its solidness. Low to the ground, it’s an easy seat to carry around. You simply have to put your hand in the hole and pick it up. But above all, it’s safe and practically harmless, which is not without importance in nightclubs. It’s only later that you discover that a design like this has stylistically a lot in common with the rest of your work. In this case, the production technique of the Q stool is close to that of the Burdekin barstool, and based on what I would like to describe as a ‘circular construction principle’. The inside consists of injection-moulded foam, supported by a steel tube. It’s built around a hollow form. Because of this hole, many think it is an uncomfortable piece of furniture. But it’s rather the contrary. You only need a support for both buttocks when you sit, not the whole surface. Of course, its design reminds people of a toilet, so it makes them laugh. But that’s ok for me. As long as there is interaction, you have achieved a lot. Over the years, I created several limited editions, but it would take until 2005 before the Austrian manufacturer Viteo made it part of its collection, and we turned it into outdoor furniture."

 

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SENZU

designed for ARIADE

 

 


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SHOWER

designed for VITEO

"I was born in Australia, from Dutch parents. I studied in Belgium, returned to Australia to establish myself as an interior architect and designer, and came back to Brussels where I have been living and working until now. Belgium and Australia are opposites in many other aspects. The fact that I am an offspring of both worlds is seen by many as the main explanation for my urge to turn things upside down, or inside out. This Shower is often quoted as the best example of my topsy-turvydom as it reinvents the shower experience. People often overlook the fact that, just like most of my other designs, the Shower mainly results from a very logical and practical thinking; in this case the fact that the standard garden hose that provides the water is lying on the ground. It would be a waste to divert the water upwards before using it. That goes against my philosophy, which is to strive for a maximum effect with a minimum of means. Moreover, most showers that conduct water upwards have the habit of standing askew, which does not look really nice. When people step on the white round base which – apart from the hose – is the only element of this shower, the body of the user immediately activates a mechanism that produces a great number of fine soft water jets that come from little holes along the periphery of this platform. The jets can reach up to 4 m high – depending on the weight of the user – before falling gently down towards the middle. The result is something halfway between a fountain, a water column and a gentle summer rain. It is a sensual experience and was never intended as an alternative to an indoor shower, but rather as a tool for refreshment, to rinse off the sweat and dirt near the pool, in the garden or on a jetty or patio. Inspiration came by observing typical outdoor activities, such as children jumping on boulders, or in puddles. What I particularly like about the Shower is that from a minimalist point of view, it is probably my purest design, and therefore paradoxically is almost reduced to a non-design as it nearly becomes invisible."