Vincent Van Duysen
The architectural Oskar table, named after Oscar Niemeyer, one of the great masters of modernist architecture, stands out for its harmony of shape and for the tactile sensations of the various materials used. Its proportions, play of volumes and multiple finishes make it extremely customisable. In its most striking version, the top in cathedral glass with an irregular surface and a light green hue perfectly matches the lacquered legs in glossy emerald green. Oskar is available in three sizes: three rectangular and one square.
Oskar is a table seen through the eyes of an architect. It was designed by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen, and this is how he describes its inspiration: “it is named as a tribute to Oscar Niemeyer and this choice, beyond the individual name, reflects my veneration for all great modern architects whose work is a combination of fluidity, sensuality and expression through materials”.
This masterpiece of “classic future” style stands out for its harmonious proportions and the tactile sensations of the different materials and finishes used.
The most evident classic styling element is the use of cathedral glass, make with a technical procedure invented by the B&B Italia research and development department (Centro Ricerche & Sviluppo B&B Italia). Before it is cooled, the glass sheet is put on top of a metal sheet with an imperfect surface that gives it the characteristic movement of fresh plaster.
Thanks to the plasticity of the forms, the top appears to be slightly detached from the legs, almost suspended, which accentuates the combination of materials even more.
wood particles panel and veneered solid wood: grey oak, brushed light oak, brushed black oak, smoked oak, MDF wood fibre panel satin painted, glossy painted, green cathedral glass, Carrara white marble “venatino statuarietto” (matt polyester finish) or Marquinia black marble (matt polyester finish)
black chromed drawn steel
glossy painted solid beechwood
solid wood: grey oak, brushed light oak, brushed black oak or smoked stained oak
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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.