Qincent Van Duysen opened his Antwerp studio, where he focuses on architecture and interior design, in 1990. His most notable projects include the city’s August hotel and multi-brand store Graanmarkt 13 and Loro Piana’s new headquarters in Milan, as well as many extraordinary private homes in Belgium and the US.
Its interiors are clean and calm, minimal yet warm, and while monumental in scale (and no doubt very expensive), they are tastefully understated. Van Duysen has been the creative director of leading furniture producer Molteni&C since 2016, his refined Northern European aesthetic the perfect match for the brand’s Italian modernism.
We asked him what makes good design and entices him to choose certain products, selecting some of the items he has created, as well as pieces of others that he uses day to day.
Vincent Van Duysen’s top pieces
Molteni&C Paul leather sofa by Vincent Van Duysen
I just bought some armchairs by Eyre de Lanux – I love them, they are such iconic, classic pieces. Moreover, Paul, the first sofa I designed for Molteni&C, became a truly timeless part of his collection. There is always the satisfaction of knowing that one of your products has survived the years and is still anchored in the world we live in.
Lobmeyr Alpha glass drinking set by Hans Harald Rath
I really like the decanter designs by Austrian glassware maker Lobmeyr.
Passe-Partout porcelain dinnerware by Vincent Van Duysen, from Serax
When we were working on our first hotel, the Augustus in Antwerp, we needed a dinner service that best reflected our vision of the project. The Passe-Partout collection produced by Serax is authentic, honest, but also graphically present.
Molteni&C Jan table by Vincent Van Duysen
Last year the result of my first collection for Zara Home was released. Besides the challenge that this collaboration represented, it was also an opportunity for me to dive back into what has been the foundation of my style for the past 30 years. a desk is the perfect representation of that. It’s a totally versatile piece that I’m sure will find a place in any interior.
Odeon stainless steel cutlery by David Mellor
I have always had a great love for David Mellor’s flatware and more specifically for the Odeon collection. The items are very practical to use, but also have a sense of déjà vu that I like in these kinds of objects.
Enameled bottles and vases in manganese stoneware by Guido Gambone, from Giustini/Stagetti
Some time ago there was a beautiful exhibition about the work of Guido Gambone at the Giustini/Stagetti Gallery in Rome. I was able to acquire two small vases that are very sensual and representative of his work.
Smythson personalized lined leather notebook in Panama finish
Pen/pencil and notebook
A Smythson notebook — very iconic, with a black cover with my initials and the brand’s classic pencils.