Anna Ebbesen and the Belgian architect and designer Vincent van Duysen appointed as the creative lead for the product development of SAHCO.
Vincent van Duysen is well known for his high-end residential architectural developments and his use of pure and tactile materials, resulting in clear and contemporary, yet classic designs. As Art Director, Vincent van Duysen will provide creative consulting to the collection as well design a part of the collection in close collaboration with Design Director Anna Ebbesen and the SAHCO design team.
Vincent van Duysen was born 1962 in Lokeren, Belgium. He attended architecture school at the Architecture Institute Saint-Lucus in Ghent and founded his design studio in Antwerp in 1990.
A strong relationship exists between Van Duysen’s designs and his architectural projects – he chooses to develop furniture and objects from an architectural perspective – creating spatial relations rather than shapes. A rescaled interpretation of his architectural work, Van Duysen creates pieces that provide a sense of purity and essentialism, yet remaining tactile and grounded.
Subsequently, many of the designs refer to essential forms, tradition or well-known masterpieces, which Van Duysen redefines through a contemporary lens. A balance of form and proportion – without omitting durability, function, and comfort – is critical to the design process.
The use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear and timeless design. An architectural language, which is not shy of aesthetics, but resists fashion and trends. Van Duysen ambraces
these emotional aspects to celebrate “the art of living’.
Anna Ebbesen has been with Kvadrat since 2011, currently in the position of Design Manager Retail, and will move into the role as Design Director SAHCO and Head of Design Consumers. Since 2012 she has closely collaborated with Raf Simons and been the driving force behind the development of the very successful Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection.
With a Master Degree in Textile Design from Kolding Designskole in 2011, Anna Vilhelmine Ebbesen started her career as Design Coordinator in the Product Development department in Kvadrat the same year.
As Design Director SAHCO and Head of Design Consumers at Kvadrat, Anna Ebbesen is responsible for developing new textiles and accessories for the private home in close collaboration with external designers and manufacturers.
Inspired by art and fashion, she has a profound insight in the development of yarns and textiles, which transpires in her approach to colour, textures and materials. She has a contemporary approach with an eye for elegant and timeless design.