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Living Box, designed by Vincent Van Duysen: starting from a typically architectural project such as a building, a stage for concerts and conferences or a monumental space, Vincent Van Duysen reduced its scale transforming it into a household object with particular features and the possibility of new uses.

Design Vincent Van Duysen

Technical Details

Living Box was conceived as an independent item of furniture, usable in any room of the house, but mainly suitable for the living room. Despite its reduced size, it retains the rigour and monumentality of the building it derives from, accentuating its details by means of quality materials. Living Box is a low, but large (230, 280, 330, 380) doorless rectangular container, in which the outside and inside contrast with each other via the use of different materials. The top features marble and different woods, specially arranged to decorate the surface. The whole is enclosed within an iris and pewter frame, thread-like if seen from above, but forming a thick profile surrounding the inside space if seen from the front.

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The top can be fitted and integrated with trunking, useful for facilitating connections of any kind between multimedia equipment, TVs or lighting equipment. The rest of the top can be left free or used to display artistic or personal ornaments.

The inside space recalls a “magical cave” and features numerous surprises. The woods used, including Eucalyptus and the new Sunrise Oak finish, are the facing materials used, and which completely envelop and mark the perimeter.

Sunrise Oak is like the revisitation of a classic theme reinterpreted with a contemporary taste, without excluding accents of warmth and tactile softness. The new finish, featuring a very light shade skillfully achieved by our expert cabinet makers, is further enhanced by the particular way in which the wood is irregularly brushed according to a time-honoured process reinvented in a modern key.

Suffused lighting is provided by Leds. The inside space is completely free and devoid of sharp corners thanks to special curved corner-covers. The space created in this way allows any type of object to be displayed at will. If this scenographic solution does not fit the purpose, one or more sober and elegant sets of drawers can be added, with an iris and pewter, or a wood finish and featuring a sober and elegant design. These occupy the free space, concealing what is useful but preferably not visible.

The sets of drawers are self-standing and can be placed in any part of the room, giving rise to multiple configurations: small architectural items within a larger shell.
The system is completed with a technical Tape container designed to meet the specific requirements linked to the world of video – HIFI equipment.

“Very architectural, Living Box is distinguished by its different use of materials and its refined details. Very present and graphic, it’s steeped in the tradition of Italian craftsmanship and it’s definitely a key piece in one’s living room. Many small details make the product one of a kind, for instance the combination of materials, the internal built-in lighting, and so on.”

Vincent Van Duysen


Vincent Van Duysen

Vincent Van Duysen was born in 1962, in Lokeren, Belgium and graduated in architecture at the Higher Institute of Architecture Sint-Lucas, in Ghent. From 1986 to 1989 he worked in Milan and Brussels. He opened his own studio in Antwerp, in 1990 focusing on architecture and interior design. The relationship between interior design and architecture in his work is profound. Furnishings and accessories are designed with an architectural perspective that is not limited by form, but is expressed with a careful perception of interior space and its relationship to the exterior architecture. By interpreting architecture and redefining its proportions, Van Duysen creates objects of great purity and simplicity that still retain a concrete character and solid form.

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Vincent Van Duysen

“Protection is something very important that we all need and that is something that I want to translate into my architectural and design work”

Vincent Van Duysen

Living Box

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