Projects

A lifetime of partnerships and collaborations experienced through a design lens. It is the designer's responsibility not to design for design’s sake, but to leave a positive imprint and legacy in his wake. Roel’s designs are timeless in that they are tireless; continually being rediscovered by new audiences over time. Enjoy this collection of favourite projects to date.

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Round 2
Round 2
Industrial Design
2007

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH URBASTYLE

YEAR 2007

A concrete seating, lying and hanging object that is placed as a sculpture in the public space.

Ensemble
Ensemble
Henry Vandevelde Award '07
Industrial Design
2007

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH WOLTERS MABEG

YEAR 2006

With Ensemble, Roel Vandebeek designed a highly innovative concept of benches by using standard elements in combination with customization, offering unprecedented possibilities for the architect or designer. The fresh and dynamic design of the benches and other products in this collection will upgrade any streetcorner or public area with social contact as its main focus. Through the use of FSC-labeled wood material and the addition of unassembled products, Ensemble provides not only an economic value but more so an ecological. The range consists of a garbage bin, bicycle rack, sidewalk and a fence pole.

Spot Towel
Spot Towel
Industrial Design
2008

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH SERAX

YEAR 2008

HENRY VAN DE VELDE AWARD

This graphic accent also immediately indicates the hanging point of the towel. Quick hanging on the wall or apron is no longer a problem. Both during use and when hanging, this accent gives a strong image. The Spot Towel is complemented by an apron, potholder and tablecloth, among others.

Pedestal
Pedestal
Objects and Installations
2008

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH BIB GENK

YEAR 2008

Centrally located in the entrance hall of the Genk library is this small-scale monument that pays tribute to the book as such. It is a plinth that, as it were, emerges from the floor, guiding every visitor to it like a pilgrim. A book by artist Ado Hamelryck is kept in the transparent cupboard. It is open on a random page. Ado Hamelryck 'draws' or 'writes' books full of characters. Every week the librarian turns a page so that regular visitors can read the entire book after years. This gives it a secret or sacred dimension. All roads in the library lead to this 'holy' book.

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Industrial Design
2008

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH SUR & PLUS

YEAR 2008

This design arose from the challenge of designing a multifunctional sofa for small living. Due to its compact dimensions and modularity, it quickly adapts to changing situations and needs.

Border
Border
Industrial Design
2008

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH SUR & PLUS

YEAR 2008

The very sleek, architectural design indicates the timeless character of this armchair. By accentuating the stitching seams, the geometric interplay of lines of this design is further emphasized.

Zwart Veldje
Zwart Veldje
Social Design
2009

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CITY OF HEERLEN

YEAR 2009

The city of Heerlen, in de South of the Netherlands, have asked several designers for designing ‘pocket parks’ or other designs in order to uplift less attractive public spaces in some neigbourhoods. ‘Zwart Veldje’ of ‘Little Black Field’ was designed by Roel. He communicated constantly with the people living in these areas in order to promote their involvement in the project.

Flower Stick
Flower Stick
Objects and Installations
2009

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HET LABO FOR EXPO FLOWER STICK

YEAR 2009

The archetype walking-stick is being equiped with a small opening for a flower, picked up having a stroll. Putting a smile on your face.

Vase
Vase
For Serax
Industrial Design
2009

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Serax

YEAR 2009

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Soft Seat
Soft Seat
Industrial Design
2009

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Urbastyle

YEAR 2008

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Downtown
Downtown
Industrial Design
2010

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH WOLTERS MABEG

YEAR 2010

The design is fully based on the round protection-fences for trees. With the dynamic formation and the round shape one can playfully work downtown seatings where the tree functions as an umbrella in summertime.

Booth Infobeton
Booth Infobeton
Architectural Design
2010

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

FOR INFOBETON

YEAR 2010

COMMUNICATION AWARD BATIBOUW

Shared passion leads to top-level collaboration! Behind infobeton.be are five sister organizations (Febe, Febelcem, Fedbeton, Fediex and BBG), brought together by one and the same passion: concrete. For the Infobeton booth at Batibouw Brussels we designed an interactive stand consisting of full-size cross-sections and floor plans. All concrete products were physically applied here.

Catapult
Catapult
Architectural Design
2010

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

FOR EXPO 'INTO THE TREES'

YEAR 2010

For the exhibition 'Into The Trees’ Maasmechelen (B), a tree was chosen to serve as the basis for an enlarged catapult.

Pop Up
Pop Up
Architectural Design
2010

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH URBASTYLE

YEAR 2010

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Espadrilles
Espadrilles
Flagbag
Objects and Installations
2010

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HET LABO

YEAR 2010

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Between Two
Between Two
Industrial Design
2012

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 2012

This design owes its name to the rear legs between which the back support and the crossbar are placed. It is these open legs that provide transparency and give the chair a fresh, light appearance. The clamps also ensure that it becomes a constructively well-thought-out and sturdy whole.

Contour
Contour
Industrial Design
2012

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH METAFOX

YEAR 2012

A project chair that can be used anywhere. Its sleek contours give it a timeless and recognisable character.

What do you mean, Design?
What do you mean, Design?
Objects and Installations
Strategic Design
2012

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH MARK MILISSEN & C-MINE

YEAR 2012

What do you mean, Design? is a unique collaboration project that runs in several technical schools in Limburg and is a project initated by Mark Milissen and Roel. Under the guidance of six contemporary designers, students from technical and professional departments go through the different phases of a design project and ultimately arrive at a new design. Questioning existing products and forms is central. The various intermediate steps and the end result of the development process can be seen in the exhibition. The project turned out to be a bull's-eye for students, teachers and designers alike. “We encouraged the young people to develop their own creative design idea,” says Roel Vandebeek. “By inventing and creating themselves, these professionals of the future experience the everyday applicability of design. Their self-esteem, involvement and opportunities on the labor market also increase. The project shows that design provides added value in many more domains than just form.”

The Balancing Elephant
The Balancing Elephant
Objects and Installations
2012

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CITY OF HASSELT

YEAR 2012

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Facing Food
Facing Food
Tableware
Industrial Design
2013

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH SERAX

YEAR 2013

CORE 77 AWARD - HENRY VAN DE VELDE LABEL

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Exp-O Genk
Exp-O Genk
Objects and Installations
2013

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CITY OF GENK

YEAR 2013

A visual spectacle to behold: that’s the O-parade. Unique in Flanders and beyond. International street theater acts, gigantic installations, fair, original floats, beautiful costumes, theater, singing, dance and music. Through the streets of Genk center. The city of Genk called on Roel for the scenography of the exhibition about this parade. He came up with a corporate identity that starts from colored straps.

One Long Table
One Long Table
Objects and Installations
2013

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HUGO DUCHATEAU

YEAR 2013

For the exhibition of 200 watercolors by artist Hugo Duchateau, Roel designed one long table of more than 30 meters to present these works. Due to the brutal steel base, this design fits perfectly in the classified church of Sint-Agnes in Sint-Truiden (B).

Bending Bench
Bending Bench
Objects and Installations
2013

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH MAASLANDS HUIS

YEAR 2013

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Brass Installation
Brass Installation
Objects and Installations
2013

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH MAASLANDS HUIS

YEAR 2013

During the repurposing of the old town hall in Eisden, the attic floor is also being tackled. The multitude of metal trusses demand their attention. To undermine this, Roel has added brass in some places. In this way, the trusses become the support of this installation.

Displacement
Displacement
Exposition: Leaving for a living (together with Art & Advice)
Objects and Installations
2013

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH ART & ADVICE

YEAR 2013

In the context of the international art biennale Manifesta, which took place in Waterschei (B) in 2012, 25 leading Limburg artists were asked to translate their vision on migration into an image, starting from a suitcase.

This object is a reminder of all the emigrants who left their homeland in the last century to come and work in the mines. The suitcase, as it were, bundles all their hopes. When they leave, these expats are filled with expectations, illusions and dreams of the future. But their prospects soon narrow. The realization of emptiness and loss takes its place. Because a lot of warmth was also left behind: a home, family ties, the traditional way of life... Little or nothing remains of the original contents of the suitcase. The lines reinforce the tragedy of this trajectory.

The object also becomes a metaphor for the life journey we all make. What remains at the terminus of the suitcase of expectations with which we once boarded the train of life?

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