Vincent Van Duysen
Poised midway between a small armchair and a chaise longue, Pablo stands out for its accentuated, comfortable design, resulting in aesthetic and structural solutions with a strong visual impact. The appealing shape is defined by an accentuated depth and a slightly inclined front. The frame is in solid wood in various finishes. Flowing on from the backrest and fastened to the armrests, the seat seams to float, suspended in mid-air. It comprises a double layer of thick leather with light seat padding, barely visible to the eye but capable of ensuring great comfort. Apparently simple, Pablo reveals a meticulous attention to detail. The result is especially noticeable in the proportions, which are calibrated to the millimetre, in the constant counterpoint of straight and curved lines, and in the frame’s vertical elements softened by a curved section.
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Vincent Van Duysen was born in Lokeren, Belgium, in 1962. After earning a degree from the Sint-Lucas School of Architecture, Ghent, he worked with Aldo Cibic in Milan, followed by a collaboration with Jean De Meulder in Antwerp. In 1989, he established Vincent Van Duysen Architects.
Today, the firm has grown into a team of more than twenty collaborators with works ranging from product design for numerous international brands, to commercial and large-scale architectural projects, with a focus on high-end residences. From the outset, a definite relationship between architecture, interior and product design has been the driving force behind the conception of projects. With respect to context and tradition, it is an approach within which the senses, the physical experience of space, the textures and the light place the integrity of the user at its core. Functionality, durability and comfort are the prime components of the project, an architectural language not shy to convey aesthetics, but prone to eschew fashion and trends.
During his career, Vincent Van Duysen has received multiple awards, among them the Flemish Culture Prize for Design, the Belgian Designer of the Year and the Henry van de Velde Lifetime Achievement Award. His projects and realizations have also been featured in different monographs among which those edited by renowned publishing house Thames & Hudson.