jean francois d'or is belgian designer of the year 2013 jean francois d'or is belgian designer of the year 2013
sep 03, 2013

jean francois d'or is belgian designer of the year 2013

jean françois d’or is belgian designer of the year 2013




mrs. fabienne capot, provincial deputy in charge of culture and tourism and chairwoman of grand-hornu images, and mrs. marie pok, director of grand-hornu images, have the pleasure of announcing the opening of jean-françois d’or‘s first solo exhibition in which the scenography is an arrangement of ‘moodboards’ of his pieces — that are the result of research, perceptive questions, trial and error and careful honing. his rigorous approach is based on a method that focuses on poetry, freshness and even fiction. at the beginning of each project, the designer brings together a host of small items, often insignificant, loaded with mystery and emotion, fragments of colour, samples of material. all of these elements come together in a sort of “moodboard”, to use designer jargon. this is what we invite you to discover.

edvard is a versatile object screaming for reflection



fixed to the wall, the mirror is a sort of megaphone that makes the wall scream for reflection. hence the name edvard, after the norwegian artist edvard munch, the man behind the painting ‘the scream’.


above the blue black fjord
and the city,
my friends walked on,
and I stood there
trembling with anxiety,
I sensed an infinite scream
passing through nature

extract of edvard munch text on his painting the scream



the edvard concept comes in two sizes: large version d70cm and small version d30cm. the conical structure is built in reinforced aluminum coated in several colors: from sober black or white to yellow, soft green and deep blue. once tilted on its side, the larger version of this conical mirror stands stably inclined on the floor in the middle of a room; seeming to defy the law of gravity. at first glance, the onlookers gaze is directed downwards, feeling ready to step right into the mirror, as being sucked through a funnel into a surrealistic landscape. despite this unusual inclined position, its large proportions and angles have been calculated to offer a functional, comfortable and complete reflection. switched horizontally on the floor, the larger mirror becomes an occasional low table furniture.



just like the large version mirror, the small model has both a practical and surprising side. functions and applications change altering the 3 mirror’s positions: inclined on its side on a table, laying horizontally on a sideboard or fixed on a wall. placed inclined on its side, the small conical object fits stably on a room desk as a nomad make-up mirror. installing on horizontal position, the mirror becomes a small podium that gives extra interpretation to favorite objects. its offers an exhibition support that doubles and magnifies personal items of emotional value. a nomad versatile complicit mirror object that jump from function to function, from reflection to reflection.



‘edvard’ is part of the mirror collection.

starting from a simple geometrical shape, those conical mirrors allow different positions for different functions. thanks to this shape, this mirror concept integrates interiors in many ways: the object fits on the wall but can also be placed on its side or rest on its base. depending on its position, it gives an unusual way of looking at mirrors and at its reflections; versatile perspectives as complementary visions of architecture. material: silvered mirror glass | coated reinforced aluminum structure.




‘citytrip’ is an eyeglasses collection based on milling process on titanium material. this milling detail increases relief, contrast and shadow as discreetly framing the eyes. referring to the quality details of clothe buttons and travel necessity small objects, each model bears the name of a city. material: coated pure titanium | satin black acetate. 


side view




see more images here.






within cold and wet soils, basil and macedonia parsley do not germinate, or rather germinate so late that their seed can not get mature; lettuce can be planted in small gardener, as soon as they start having big ears.

excerpt from  jean-baptiste de la quintinie, vegetable gardener of king louis XIV

jean-baptiste collection for ligne roset



jean-baptiste for ligne roset is a multi functional piece of outdoor furniture that either works as ad-hoc stool seat, as a pedestal for plant pot or as a support for plate tray. material: natural burnt larch wooden stool white enamelled sandstone gardener pot and removable tray side table.



the jean-baptiste outdoor collection starts with a set of wooden stool.a vegetable gardener pot is then designed to fit on those stools. garden planter mounted up on pedestal to grow aromatic plants on balcony or terrace. a large tray is also designed to fit on those stools, building an outdoor side table with a removable top plate. stool made of natural burnt larch wood. gardener pot and removable tray made of white enamelled sandstone.


wooden stool d27 x h45 cm
pot on stool pedestal d30 x h18 cm
plate on stool pedestal d55 x h8 cm



jean-françois d’or

was born in 1974 and with a degree in industrial design from ensav la cambre, he began his career with the lighting firm, light, where he was soon appointed as product development manager. in 2003, he opened his own studio ‘loudordesign‘: since then, he has worked with prestigious companies in belgium as well as france: cinna, domani, interni edition, jongform, ligne roset, reflect+, toss b, magnitude, vervloet and many more.



the ‘designer of the year’ award

is an initiative by the biennale interieur NPO and the magazines weekend knack and le vif weekend. the award is also supported by the design museum gent, grand-hornu images, bozar and design september.

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