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About me Biography

Karekla-chair segmented chair

Trapesi Bistro Table

Essenso Luxury Chocolate Packaging

Dianomo Hammock

Vemu Stool

Diblios Modular shelves

About me Biography

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From a young age I used to admire the aesthetic beauty in nature. My time was mostly filled with practicing drawing and prototyping, this proved to be an important factor in my later life.

High school was never really my thing and failing many of my exams didn’t help either, this was the final sign I needed to change directions and enter an art school. Once there I studied architecture for the remaining 3 years of high school. Architecture was an amazing subject and fascinated me, especially since my father was an architect, but eventually I discovered there was a different field of studies that in my opinion offered more possibilities towards developing my creative side. This newly discovered subject for me was product design.

I discovered you could design everything if so desired, from a small object like a pen to a complex hyper car. This is what attracted me the most in design, the vast variety of things that can be designed.

In my second year of college I started developing a deeper interest for furniture design, that is when I decided to further try and specialize in this subject, I started doing this by going on Erasmus for six months. My Erasmus study that took place in Slovakia helped me further develop my skills in furniture design.

In 2016 I finally graduated with my bachelor work called ‘TRAPESI’. It gave me joy that later on this bistro table provided me with my first two international design awards on the age of 22. These were the A’ Design Award and the European Product Design Award.

In 2016-2017 not feeling satisfied yet I went on and finished a postgraduate involving Brand& Packaging design. Currently I’m following a one year bachelor involving furniture design to further enhance my design skills.

A design studio has not been established yet, but eventually this is what I want to work towards. Of course this does not mean that as a young designer I don’t accept or create new projects.

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Karekla-chair segmented chair

The Karekla-chair is a chair created from a series of neglected wooden shells that were gifted to our school by a Belgian company. A simple adjustment of cutting the shell into segments made it into this one of a kind furniture piece, preserving it's original volume. When one decides to sit in the chair, the segments will succumb to the weight of the user and create a comfortable seating. When the user stands back up again the shell returns to its original shape forming an almost sculptural object. No additional springs or rubber bands have been added to the design. The flexibility is purely created by the wooden segments.

The design as a whole was supposed to look like an abstract object, making people doubt it’s purpose as a seating element. The fact that most of the people who tested it were afraid the segments of the chair wouldn’t hold out (because the safety arch wasn't visible) gave it a sort of a comical twist.

AWARDS A' Design Award European Product Design Award

PUBLICATIONS Yanko Design Estilo Propio Magazine

Trapesi Bistro Table

When attending a public place/cafe it is a very common problem as where to put your bag/purse. Many people do not know what to do with their bags and proceed to place them on the ground or their lap. This bistro table solves this problem with it's four elegant folds forming a hook at each end. You can easily hang your bag/purse or newspaper to one of the four corners of the table, without losing visual contact with your stuff. The folds are designed so that they form a structural and aesthetic unity with the table.

PUBLICATIONS

Design Milk Core 77 Arq4Design Ideamsg Contemporist Roof-Magazine Sawdust Trendhunter India-art-n-design Panelsfurnitureasia Diisign

AWARDS

A'Design Award European Product Design Award

Essenso Luxury Chocolate Packaging

Essenso is a luxury praline packaging. The whole concept is to bring the story of the cacaofruit to the consumer.
The oval veneer packaging is a reference to the cacao fruit, while the ellipsoid chocolates are a reference to the cacaobeans. The veneer not only ‘protects’ the chocolates but is also there to emphasize the chocolates being ‘surrounded’ by the cacao essence. The main point of this packaging was to create an experience, the experience being as if the consumer was plucking and opening the cacaofruit himself.

Dianomo Hammock

Dianomo is a unique hammock designed by:
Phebos Xenakis Robbe Van der Verren Lander Vanlierde
Mathias Bruyneel

The structure is mainly composed of multiple wooden segments. This hammock was created with the purpose to bring a more unusual furniture piece in people their homes. Hammocks are seen as a furniture object that has to be used outside, we wanted to change this stereotype and come up with a design that stands out in your interior. Not making it out of a conventional material was therefore in our interest. The wood used for dianomo is called thermo-ash, this wood is treated with steam and therefore creates amazing new properties being it can withstand fungi, water and being able to burn 30% slower.

Vemu Stool

This stool mainly consisting of UHP concrete was designed in such way that each individual piece can be replaced if damaged. The two wooden legs can also be replaced by other materials. This way the user can personalise his stool.

Diblios Modular shelves

In this concept a system is used where the user is able to define how the composition of the inner structure is put together. The inox cables create a durable and stable rack for your books or other objects.