Ahhh....relax. Serenity is a quality that Vincent Van Duysen seems able to evoke thoughout his architecture. The Belgian architect is known for his ability to produce work which celebrates 'the art of living'. He has said that he "tries to reduce things to their essence - but not at the expense of comfort and soul".
This ethos can be clearly seen in his Graanmarkt 13 Antwerp project (we featured it last year - click here for more) where the pure beauty of raw materials is celebrated alongside a relaxed informality of soft furnishings.
Van Duysen only started designing houses when he was in his mid-thirties, before that he was mainly focused on interiors - the materials and finishes of an internal space - and this is clearly something that is still intrinsic in his approach when designing buildings. He considers his furniture to be "domestic architecture".
Vincent Van Duysen has been called a minimalist before - but in reality he dislikes that label - instead he is driven by both the pure form of materials as well as having an emotional and intuitive response to the brief.
In a conversation with fellow Belgian (fashion) designer Raf Simons, he commented; "You and I like the pureness of an object. The architecture of a room can be an object as can a piece of clothing".
There is a common colour palette in much of his residential design work, the muted chalky colours not competing with any other object but creating a harmonious whole.
These final images are from Van Duysen's own home in Antwerp - a property he transformed from being neglected offices to the stunning balanced composition that he is renowned for. This home was completed over twelve years ago and has a timeless beauty that we can all aspire to with our own work!