Vincent Van Duysen
Van Duysen creates objects of great purity and simplicity that retain a concrete character and solid form
Vincent Van Duysen is an internationally-renowned Belgian architect and designer. Like Salvatori, he has an enormous respect and appreciation for tradition and craftsmanship and it was this shared approach that gave rise to the Lui&Lei collection which teams the coolness of natural stone with the warmth of leather.
In 2021 he contributed to The Village, a multi-cultural expression of the world we live in today, brought to life through a collection of miniature houses that reinterprets the concept of home as a special haven.
Vincent Van Duysen was born in Lokeren, Belgium, in 1962. After graduating from the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint-Lucas in Ghent, he worked with Aldo Cibic in Milan, followed by a collaboration with Jean De Meulder in Antwerp before establishing Vincent Van Duysen Architects in Antwerp in 1989.
Today, the firm has grown into a team of more than twenty collaborators with work ranging from product design for numerous international brands, to commercial and large-scale architectural projects with a focus on high-end residences across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the USA.
From the outset, a definite relationship between architecture, interior and product design has been the driving force behind the conception of projects inspired by subtle transitions between these disciplines and combined with a spatial design attitude, constantly striving for the essence. The use of pure and tactile materials translates into clean, timeless design. With respect to context and tradition, it is an approach within which the senses, and the physical experience of space, textures 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 not shy to convey aesthetics, but prone to eschew fashion and trends.
In 2016, Van Duysen was appointed as creative 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 art director at Sahco for Kvadrat and now continues to collaborate as a senior designer.
During his career, Van Duysen has received multiple awards, including the Flemish Culture Prize for Design, Belgian Designer of the Year and the Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award. His work has appeared in a number of prestigious international publications and his name has been included in the AD100 survey by the Architectural Digest network multiple times.
Since 1994, his projects and creations have been featured in different monographs, including those edited by renowned publishing house Thames & Hudson.