Vincent Van Duysen apartment, Belgium
The art of simplicity and restraint is practiced by few as well as Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen.
In the DRD Apartment in Knokke, Belgium, Van Duysen’s artfully simple walls are cut with clarity to reveal planes of other surfaces – slabs of stone, a black monolithic fireplace, a tactile timber stair – or they step out to create a plinth to sit on and store.
Rectilinear forms are artfully composed to frame, to place and direct, the precision of the junction ever so refined.
Counterbalancing the rigor is the earthy serenity of the apartment’s materials palette. Its walls are ever-so-off-white, floors are a brushed pale timber layered with natural sisal, stone is uniformly sandy and tactile, blinds are diaphanous, furniture pieces are limited to natural linen, shades of grey and an earth brown, and artworks are monochromatic.
In the sincere, harmonious resolution of spaces, there is both an intimate yet expansive serenity, a gentle breathe in and out welcoming clarity and introspection.