Zara Home presents Vincent Van Duysen collection

Zara Home and Vincent Van Duysen team up for a collection of modern classics

Zara Home + by Vincent Van Duysen launches inaugural collection, available from June 30, 2022 with a selection of pieces that distill the DNA of the Belgian architect

Zara Home announces a new collaboration with Vincent Van Duysen, presenting furniture and home accessories in the Belgian architect’s distinctive sophisticated style. The first in a series of collaborative pieces (part of an ongoing collection scheduled to be updated with new designs twice a year) focuses on the living room, with sofas, armchairs, tables, tables and consoles, as well as lighting, ceramics and textiles.

Zara Home meets Vincent Van Duysen

Wooden armchairs with leather cushions

The collaboration grew out of a connection between Van Duysen and Inditex CEO Marta Ortega. A visit to the architect’s home in Antwerp inspired Ortega to invite him to create a collection for Zara Home, updating the brand’s offering with his creative vision. ‘I didn’t have much to think about for a long time,’ says Van Duysen, who immediately accepted the offer. ‘I turned 60 in April so it was the right time to introspect myself on my work and who I am, trying to find my DNA. So I looked back and seriously reflected on my previous work.’

This will be the first time that Van Duysen’s designs have become more accessible: often part of luxury collections for brands such as Molteni & C, of ​​which he is creative director, or created for private clients, his designs have often been defined by a unique aura. ‘I am democratic in heart and soul,’ he says. “And I love Zara’s philosophy, attitude and positioning in the world to make beautiful things accessible to any of us. I wanted to see how it would look for my furniture. Starting June 30, 2022, the collection will be sold worldwide, instantly making his work available globally on an unprecedented scale.

A debut collection for Zara Home

Wood and leather chair and desk

This first collection is inspired by the evolution of Van Duysen’s own homes in Antwerp: his living room in the 1980s, when he had just returned to Belgium from Milan, and his space now. Some subtle and distinctive motifs define these spaces and return to the collection: purity of lines, geometries, natural materials such as wood, stone and linen and a palette of neutral colors (bone, midnight blue, dark green) that provide a peaceful and meditative tone to the environments.

The designs, as well as his own attitude towards creation, embody a sense of life, the Italian concept of dwell: ‘It’s about everyday spaces, what people live with, how they approach the pieces they love.’ This is a collection to be touched, embraced and experienced, with generous shapes and simple silhouettes that make each piece easily at home in any setting.

Stools in natural wood and leather

Each piece has been streamlined in essence, while retaining Van Duysen’s signature touch. The sofas and armchairs are inspired by typical British upholstered seating (or, as he calls it, ‘the archetypal comfortable sofa’), upholstered in neutral linen or bouclé fabric, while the oak tables have the robust spirit of many of Van Duysen’s interiors. . With a leather suspended seat, the benches have a modernist attitude, while the side tables in ash and Galician limestone feature a cross-shaped base whose edges form a motif on the table top. Throughout the collection there are subtle references to designs by Luis Barragán, Alvar Aalto and Jean-Michel Frank.

‘The collection reflects the way I’m living, it’s really me’, says Van Duysen, who plans to launch a second collection with Zara Home in October 2022 and eventually through this collaboration ‘encompasses everything pertaining to the art of living. ‘.

Making your work accessible on a new level, Van Duysen concludes, ‘is an opportunity to suit anyone’s dreams and desires. Because we all need to dream.’ §

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