Van Duysen and his kitchens for Dada

Vincent Van Duysen's kitchens between beauty, tradition, innovation and functionality

“The interiors radiate beauty when their design generates timeless spaces defined by the essential. The protagonists of these spaces must be only the light, the shape and the materials. To achieve this, I resort to what I call “underestimated complexity”: the creation of environments that appear simple from the outside but hide a high level of detail and complexity within them”.

 

This is how the Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen defines the basic characteristics of his projects which since 1986, the year in which he began his activity, have revolutionized the idea of ​​interior design at an international level. Born in 1962 in Lokeren, Belgium, he graduated in architecture at the Sint-Lucas Higher Institute of Architecture in Ghent. At the end of the 1980s he worked in Milan and Brussels and then opened his own studio in 1990 in Antwerp. Since April 2016 he has been the art director of Molteni&C and Dada, becoming responsible for the global image through the design of single-brand stores, exhibition stands and new collections and transporting the driving force of his work within the brands: the close relationship between architecture, interior design and industrial design, an effective intertwining that he has been able to cultivate throughout his creative career. His projects are all linked by a single central theme given by the use of pure and tactile materials which results in a clear and timeless design in which integrity is at the center of every aspect, combining context and tradition, and a physical and sensory experience of space. Functionality, durability and comfort are the keywords of its architectural language that embraces aesthetics while resisting time, trends and fashion. As for the kitchens, Van Duysen interprets the design by playing on the contrast of thicknesses, technological materials and sophisticated finishes.

 

Intersection, refined geometries and precious materials for the new kitchen inspired by Mondrian and Scarpa

The latest creation of the Dada collections, Intersection is the kitchen designed by Van Duysen, previewed during Design Week 2021 and finalist at the NYCxDesign Awards in the Kitchen Cabinetry category. It is a model with a strong expressive character and a great personality, inspired by the works of the great masters Piet Mondrian and Carlo Scarpa. The Belgian architect was inspired by the first in the use of geometric compositions that identify the founder of the de Stijl movement, using wood essences that intersect each other to create precise geometries; from the second, instead, about the materials and refined details that distinguish one of his masterpieces, the Palazzo Querini Stampalia in Venice, where marble, stone, ceramics, wood and metal inserts are harmoniously combined, creating refined and beautiful environments. In this kitchen model the surfaces intersect creating plays of light and shadow. The worktops are built with a solid and important thickness, the sections can be customized with an almost transitory profile or are chiseled like sculptures. In fact, the top becomes a generating element of the project, designed as a sculptural detail. A new material, Breccia Capraia natural stone, marked by splendid lines of dark color, makes the tops, backrests and shelf risers unique. The inlay work on the surfaces of the doors enhances the materiality of the wood and ennobles the plasticity of the lacquered surfaces, with a design of architectural memory dominated by the geometric proportion. The snack element has wooden surfaces characterized by veins that intersect to form a pleasant linear and rational profile.

 

The Ratio kitchen is renewed in modularity and materials

The 2021 version of the Ratio kitchen designed by Van Duysen maintains its graphic and architectural character but is renewed in modularity and materials. Conceived, also in this version, as a modular kitchen, where the structure is the protagonist with metal lattices that draw the architecture of the base units, wall units, columns, hoods and accessories, it has been enriched by new ground bases equipped with slatted doors. and internal lighting with led lights. The doors integrate the handles with outlines of the same thickness, drawing a decorative frame Full volumes, empty volumes and tops of different thicknesses are hooked to the slender and minimal structural technical elements, creating an elegant game of balance. The research on materials is always oriented to warmth and Mediterranean characters, with alternation between refined woods such as thermo oak, and sophisticated natural stones such as the new Breccia Capraia. Vincent Van Duysen’s approach to his second kitchen is solid, based on the presence of compositional forms similar to buildings and the skilful use of materials of which he is an undisputed interpreter.

 

VVD, Van Duysen’s first kitchen for Dada: a revolution without handles

It was 2016 when the architect Vincent Van Duysen gave life to VVD, his first kitchen for Dada which takes from the initials of his name. And he does it by interpreting it, eliminating the handles and working on the contrast between the thin thicknesses of the sides and terminals and the strong thickness of the worktops, which integrate, interrupting the linearity of the top, with stone-supported sinks. The alternation of materials and the play of full and empty spaces give life to a dynamic yet sophisticated kitchen. Vincent Van Duysen, manages to restore a sense of lightness and dynamism to the project despite the strong thickness of the worktops and stone sinks. The integrated LED bar, the aluminum profile of the door and the innovative pivot hinge that allows a 180° opening are the details that express a high technological character. Originality and innovation which, in 2017, were recognized with the Elle Deco International Design Awards (EDIDA).