Belgium is a country where creativity abounds. The fashion designers who hail from there, such as the Antwerp Six, Martin Margiela and Raf Simons, have had decisive influence on the international fashion scene. Creative pioneers like Axel Vervoordt, Jean de Meulder, Henry van de Velde and many others have made a furore in the worlds of international interiors and architecture. The famous garden-architect, Jacques Wirtz, has paved the way for many generations of modern garden designers.

In short, in terms of creativity the country continues to surprise. This edition of OBJEKT International puts architect and designer Vincent van Duysen, and interior artist Gert Voorjans in the spotlight.

Thorough Craftmanship

Ostensibly polar opposites they are, in terms of intention and passion, a match for each other. Both take thorough craftsmanship as their starting point and from there follow their own path.

Vincent van Duysen is the man of the ‘purely essential’:

“Living in a world of instant consumption, it is important to reverse a little bit and to slow down. Be aware of who you are and what you are doing,”

says the man who gets requests from all over the world to realize his design vision.

Gert Voorjans

Gert Voorjans is the man of color and overlooked objects (in which color still plays a leading role).

Both men want to stimulate solid craftsmanship, to make it the building block of the future. Or as Gert Voorjans puts it:

“Live ‘glocal’”.

Look around in the world, but try and have things made locally. Why should I go to Kyoto for a low table if I have a beautiful craftsmen around the corner to make it?  We have to promote local craftsmanship otherwise we are gonna lose it.”

In the 2017 edition of De Salone del Mobile di Milano many new lighting designs were brought to the fore, with the dominant themes of Thinner Than Light and Back to the Roots. OBJEKT International reports.

  • Hans Fonk