Hervé van der Straeten is one of furniture design’s coolest god-fathers. With an out-of-the box perspective on the standard furniture piece, and a ballsy approach, his pieces really have a unique edge over most of the competition: They’re irreverant, but memorable. In this article, we briefly go over the most special of Van Der Straeten console table designs, with no restraints to shape, material and colour.
“What’s interesting now is that the design field is also attached to the art world,” Van der Straeten
The Pipeshow — Limited edition of 20 – Made from polished brass tubes.
Cristalloide Console – Limited edition of 20 – Polished stainless steel mirror, marble surface.
“These days, a lot of people think, OK, let’s make some limited editions and sell some expensive furniture. But my interest was always in manufacturing my pieces myself.”
“The idea was that the manual work would always give a more pleasing result than any industrial process. So it’s contemporary design made in a traditional way.”
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Psychose Console – Limited Edition of 40 – Composite fibres finished in red lacquer.
“The contemporary art world is really taking over a certain level of taste—internationally—and this gives a lot of energy to the design field. A lot of our clients collect contemporary art, and they want furniture that can be in dialogue with it.”
Empilée Console- Limited edition of 20 – Lacquered wood, textured brass with patina coat.
“I don’t think about tradition—I think about quality. If you want quality, you end up looking at tradition.”
Bicolore Console – Limited edition of 20 – Black lacquered wood, natural parchment with brass strips finished with a patina coat. Interior finished in varnished sycamore wood.
“I’m not a spokesperson for arts and crafts, just because I want quality. On the other hand, it’s very satisfying to work with a team—it’s nice to see that they are proud, and that it’s a real collaboration.”