Material Tendencies: Vincent Van Duysen
Known for his minimalist aesthetic, Belgian architect and designer Vincent van Duysen aims to create aesthetically pleasing atmospheres with a sort of warm sensuality. His work is characterised by an understated elegance, clean lines and essential forms.
Architonic spoke with Vincent van Duysen about the philosophy behind his architecture, interiors and design projects, and about his passion for natural colours and materials.
Vincent van Duysen: I love to work with any kind of wood, from lighter to darker colours. For both my designs and architectural projects, I mainly use natural materials. I like the sensual perception of wood, stone, natural fibres, and so on. You can see, feel and even smell the material. I don’t believe in any kind of materials where technology dominates.
My architecture is in a way about the essence of space. I try to create balanced spaces that are bathed in natural light and then I add layers of, for the most part, natural colours and materials to create ambiences that are more contemplative, serene and calm. I think it is essential to give space to the objects that surround us. Open spaces in between help to calm your restless mind. We have very hectic lives and are living in a world that is dominated by technology, so for me it is important to slow down the process.