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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Submarine
Submarine
The early years
Objects and Installations
1978

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 1978

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Flessendrager
Flessendrager
Objects and Installations
1990

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 1990

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Borstelwand
Borstelwand
Objects and Installations
1992

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

FOR SCHOOL PROJECT

YEAR 1992

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Mobile Airco
Mobile Airco
School project
Industrial Design
1993

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH MAD FACULTY

YEAR 1993

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Birth and Death
Birth and Death
School project
Objects and Installations
1994

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH MAD FACULTY

YEAR 1994

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Stoelenkast
Stoelenkast
Objects and Installations
1994

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 1994

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Expo CIAP
Expo CIAP
Objects and Installations
1996

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CIAP

YEAR 1996

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Handdoos
Handdoos
Industrial Design
1999

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH LU

YEAR 1999

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Bass
Bass
Nominated for Henry van de Velde Award '03
Industrial Design
2001

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH JONGFORM INTERNATIONAL

YEAR 2001

This seat of firmness, solidity and purity was given the name BASS. The association with the bass of a song is therefore no coincidence. The design of the seat is of pure essence, with a few straight lines Roel created a strong image.

2 for 1
2 for 1
Limited Edition
No items found.
2001

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 2001

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Groot Bereik Ladder
Groot Bereik Ladder
Ladders Zat
Objects and Installations
2002

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HET LABO

YEAR 2002

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Body
Body
Industrial Design
2002

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Jongform International

YEAR 2002

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Church Interior Stevoort
Church Interior Stevoort
Architectural Design
2003

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Herman Van Meer

YEAR 2003

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Intra Extra
Intra Extra
Industrial Design
2003

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 2003

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Torenspits
Torenspits
Objects and Installations
2003

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CITY OF SINT-TRUIDEN

YEAR 2003

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Installation House of Tourism Mechelen
Installation House of Tourism Mechelen
Objects and Installations
2003

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH ARCHITECT VAN MEER

FOR HOUSE OF TOURISM MECHELEN

YEAR 2003

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Schopstoel
Schopstoel
Objects and Installations
2004

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HET LABO

YEAR 2004

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Fork Pocket
Fork Pocket
Industrial Design
2005

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 2005

HENRY VAN DE VELDE AWARD

A chip bag with integrated fork.

Church Rijmenam
Church Rijmenam
Architectural Design
2005

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CHURCH RIJMENAM

YEAR 2005

The interior of the church in Rijmenam received a thorough facelift. This also includes the new furniture such as the altar, tabernacle, pedestals, baptismal font, etc. …

Mijnhelm
Mijnhelm
Objects and Installations
2005

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HET LABO

YEAR 2005

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Lift
Lift
Industrial Design
2005

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH UNIC DESIGN

YEAR 2004

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VDB
VDB
Baleri Italia
Industrial Design
2006

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH WOLTERS MABEG

YEAR 2006

Openings in a U-shape are milled out in the flat sides of the table. Then these elements are pushed in like lips. In this way they form a suspension system on which the glass top can rest. No additional support is required. What is present is used. The usefulness is also decoration. The openings lend an airy rhythm to the otherwise impersonal side, without disturbing the geometry. Ornament is really construction. Or conversely, construction itself is ornament. Both are reconciled in this object, while they are often a contradiction.

Rambla
Rambla
Industrial Design
2006

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH SUR&PLUS

FOR PRACTIMED MEDICAL CENTRE BREE

YEAR 2006

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Voor Piet, door Piet
Voor Piet, door Piet
Installation with the archetypal shape of the bowl that can also be used as a light object.
Objects and Installations
2006

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Piet

YEAR 2006

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Booth Wilms
Booth Wilms
Architectural Design
2007

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH WILMS

YEAR 2007

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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.

Close
Close
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?

Brass Chandelier
Brass Chandelier
Objects and Installations
2014

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Maaslands Huis

YEAR 2013

In this design Woven brass was used as basic material. The elegant folded lines gives this chandelier a vivant image and a theatrical look.

Tie House
Tie House
Objects and Installations
2014

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HET LABO FOR THE EXPO CURIOSITIES

YEAR 2014

Dressing your tree… and housing a bird.

Handle Rio
Handle Rio
Industrial Design
Strategic Design
2014

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH METAKOR

YEAR 2015

Rio is e simple handle that fits everywhere because of his timeless character.

Woodface
Woodface
Objects and Installations
Strategic Design
2014

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH OUTDOOR WOOD CONCEPTS

YEAR 2014

HENRY VAN DE VELDE LABEL - OVAM ECO DESIGN

Woodface is a unique and innovative solid wooden vertical facade concept that offers you the freedom to personalize on a project-by-project basis. You can choose from combining 3 different widths and thicknesses. These solid wooden slats are always alternately combined with a custom-made aluminum extrusion profile, creating more context, content and possibilities for the architect and end customer. This person can, as it were, develop his own design by choosing based on the width or depth of the wooden slats. This makes every facade unique.

The aluminum profile is available in RAL colors (with or without textured lacquer) or anodized. This not only gives the opportunity to choose a color, but you can also choose the same RAL shade as the windows, doors, gutters or other folding parts or finishing elements on the building. In addition, the aluminum profile is also available with integrated LED lighting.

Genk Library Pedestal
Genk Library Pedestal
Objects and Installations
2014

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Library Genk

YEAR 2014

This piece of furniture was specially designed as a tourist information desk. Its placed in the nice library in Genk.

1M Light
1M Light
Industrial Design
2015

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Moome

YEAR 2015

With 1M Light, he has designed an original and surprising lamp with a touch of humour. The wooden frame, inspired by an old measuring stick, houses a charming light source.A beautiful, eye-catching piece for your living room, hall or office space.

HRD Antwerp
HRD Antwerp
Architectural Design
2015

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH HRD

YEAR 2015

For the HRD Antwerp Design Awards I designed the layout for an exhibition of the winning projects at the shopping center Maasmechelen Village.

Oneliner
Oneliner
Industrial Design
Strategic Design
2015

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Global Impact

YEAR 2015

This design aims to break the banality of socks. We believe that socks (can) play an important role in the fashion world and that until now they have been treated badly. With Oneliner we want to change this. Oneliner is the name of a sock collection that is characterized by the graphic work with one line. This leaves centrally at the bottom of the sock upwards where it bends to the left or right. This “line” is decorative but also has many practical properties:

Anyone who has children knows the problem of putting on socks. Usually the socks are completely crooked. This simple graphic intervention makes this annoyance a thing of the past, and not only for children. Oneliner indicates the top and the middle with its line, so you can immediately correct the direction while putting it on. The bending of the line at the top of the sock indicates left and right, a handy detail for “pairing” after washing. Each pair of Oneliner socks has a base color (gray, blue, …) and a line color that determines the accent. The size group is stated at the bottom same accent color. Joining the socks when they come out of the washing machine is easy because you can quickly match the right colors.

Camu
Camu
Industrial Design
2016

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH MOOME

YEAR 2016

Camu is a new sofa concept in which the seat depth is divided into 2 unequal parts. This allows you to extend the wide part of the seat depth, making the arrangement appear less dominant. Also note the detailing of the side stitching of the cushions and the nice mini table that you can put in the shadow joints.

When the pencil takes its livery
When the pencil takes its livery
Objects and Installations
2016

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH HUGO DUCHATEAU

YEAR 2016

Since time immemorial, the pencil has been in livery.It obediently serves the hand of its master, be he the a ist who gives his spontaneous impulses free rein, the designer who uninhibitedly launches his ideas, the philosopher who makes notes in the margins of his books, … The pencil sits on the table in silence. It does not protest, it never expresses its own opinion, it seems satisfied with its existence in the shadows. Occasionally, a manufacturer will give it a new jacket, one a bit more fancily decorated or somewhat more flamboyant. But it remains a liveried servant. Hugo Duchateau and Roel Vandebeek have changed all that.The pencil dictates, the a ists have given shape to its stories. The servant becomes the master, and the master the servant. Then we see how rich the hidden life of the pencil really is.

Mobile Info Desk
Mobile Info Desk
Objects and Installations
2016

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH Cultural Center Maasmechelen

YEAR 2016

Since 2008 Roel Vandebeek and Marc Milissen (teacher at the helix campus – Maasmechelen) have been working together on a project (Hoezo, design?) To raise awareness of design and design within the technical department of wood and metal on the campus the helix in Maasmechelen, and this in different degrees. When the CC of Maasmechelen asked to design a mobile information desk (with a limited budget), this seemed an appropriate assignment for the students of the second grade wood to carry this out. In this department many basic exercises (wood joints, inlay work, …) are made to master different techniques. An annual recurring assignment is fitting two wooden slats together according to the curriculum. In the past, these “semi-finished products” were thrown away after evaluation and that is a shame. Roel and Marc want these parts to become part of a larger whole so they are not thrown away but processed in a composite form into a finished usable product.

The design of this information desk is based on this principle. The students had to perform the exercise as described above but with contrasting woods and on a longer bar as usual. The students could also choose between a number of geometric shapes that they had to make in the dark wood type, and they could determine the place where this part would come in the bar. When the corpus of the information desk was ready, it could be covered with the “semi-finished products” that the students had made, randomly linked. In this way, together and each of them, they have contributed to a larger usable whole of which they can be proud: the mobile information desk for the CC of Maasmechelen, which is located in a public space. It has been agreed with the CC that future elements will always be made in this corporate identity.

Magic
Magic
Coffee Table
Industrial Design
2016

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 2016

The asymmetrical placement of the connecting bars gives this table a unique and playful look.

Wooden Horse
Wooden Horse
Together with my kids, you can make anything.
Objects and Installations
2016

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CC Maasmechelen

YEAR 2016

Together with your kids, you can make anything.

Fragment
Fragment
Industrial Design
2016

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH

YEAR 2016

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DripDrop for Tom Lenaerts
DripDrop for Tom Lenaerts
Objet Portrait
Objet Portrait
Industrial Design
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH TOM LENEARTS

FOR OBJET PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognize both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

DRIP DROP

Tom is a person who, as he himself says, is able to ‘reframe’. This constructive way of thinking was a starting point during the design process. His garden was being remodelled at the time and I was able to link this to the quintessential garden utensil: the watering can. Drip Drop solves the problems of dosage. It has two spouts instead of one. Besides being more useful, it also looks very funny.


CHAMBER CHAIR

The time spent with Tom revealed that in a conversation he likes to be the ‘director’ who steers, asks and is in control. I transposed these characteristics in the Chamber Chair: a chair that subtly dominates the room from the skirting board.

Portrait photography by Lieve Blancquaert

Docking Station for Stijn Meuris
Docking Station for Stijn Meuris
Objet Portrait
Objet Portrait
Industrial Design
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH STIJN MEURIS

FOR OBJET PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognize both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

PAPERCLIP

Stijn and newspapers are inseparable. Crumpling, browsing and folding are all actions that this news medium is accustomed to. But a newspaper doesn’t have any packaging to increase its value or to make it more elegant and desirable. For this reason, I designed a leather pouch for Stijn that folds to accommodate the shape of the newspaper. Unfold to open, insert the newspaper and close. The newspaper and the pouch form a whole.


DOCKING STATION

Docking Station is part of the Objet Portrait project in which Roel Vandebeek captures the identity of 9 well-known Flemish inspirations in unique objects, installations and utensils. Musical front man, vigilant troubadour, stargazer, professional loudspeaker: Stijn never seems to stop talking. I designed the Docking Station especially for him, as a solid counterweight to get away from our fast-moving world: a human base station. Get cosy in the concrete arms of this element where you can unload stress and load power simultaneously.

Portrait photography by Lieve Blancquaert

Close for Kim Clijsters
Close for Kim Clijsters
Object Portrait
Objet Portrait
Industrial Design
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH KIM CLIJSTERS

FOR OBJET PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognize both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

CLOSE

This sturdy bag is strung completely with straps in harness leather so the carrier and the contents form a whole. They create an attractive contrast and make the bag stronger. Just like other celebrities, Kim wants to protect her private life. She’s very open and friendly but certain things must be kept private. I processed this complexity by crossing the straps to evoke a sense of protection and inaccessibility.

DUNE

Just like dunes come and go, this sitting and lying object mutates softly from 2D to 3D. It’s the ideal carpet for taking a rest with the edge as perimeter. To increase the tactile quality, the design has been executed completely in braided willow which creates a surprising experience when you are barefoot.

Portrait photography by Lieve Blancquaert

Hide&Seek for Guy Mortier
Hide&Seek for Guy Mortier
Objet Portrait
Objet Portrait
Industrial Design
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH GUY MORTIER

FOR OBJET PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognize both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

HIDE AND SEEK

At first sight, the fact that this bookcase is located in the middle of the space is the only special feature of this image. Nothing suggests its second life: its true identity is revealed around the back where you’ll find a secret place for books in a sacred space. Guy’s impenetrable nature is reflected functionally in this design.

HET ONGRIJPBARE BOEK

Imagine how difficult it would be if you, as an enthusiastic book reader, would not be able to read, browse or take away a book that is given to you. The mystery remains in the Elusive Book: the content is unknown and unreachable but as a book it remains physically present.

Portrait photography by Lieve Blancquaert

Grottega
Grottega
Objects and Installations
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH LA BOTTEGA

YEAR 2017

Roel designed this Grottega following the Virga Jesse Festivities in Hasselt. The traditional image of Mary forms the historical framework and is translated in a contemporary, dynamic way into a modern 'cave' that evokes a certain intimacy. The shapes of her silhouette can be read in the dust, creating a certain tension between image and room. She will also shine in the evening.

Travel Road for Lieve Blanquaert
Travel Road for Lieve Blanquaert
Objet Portrait
Objet Portrait
Objects and Installations
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH LIEVE BLANCQUERT

FOR OBJECT PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognise both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

TRAVEL ROAD

Lieve always seems to be on the go. Everyproject, every challenge – in her business or private life – is a journey thatyou must take to the final destination. It involves all kinds of emotions andfeelings that often remind us of our insignificance in the world.

 

ONE ON ONE

Lieve’s wonderful photos are oftenhampered by sensations reflected by the infrastructure where they areexhibited. It’s always difficult to achieve architectural calmness in certainexhibition spaces. This was the reason for designing One on One: a miniaturemaze that isolates you from all possible stimuli. It’s just you and the work ofart, in a pure confrontation.

Portrait photography by Lieve Blancquaert

Altar for Trinkets for Lize Spit
Altar for Trinkets for Lize Spit
Objet Portrait
Objet Portrait
Objects and Installations
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH LIZE SPIT

FOR OBJECT PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognise both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

ALTAAR FOR TRINKETS

Lize is not ashamed of her love for knick-knacks and small objects. Just like her stories, inspiration often comes from small things. To magnify this approach, I designed an oversized frame that gets deeper as you move towards the centre. This creates a subtle altar for knick-knacks.


SMALL = BIG

Observation is a key factor for Lize when writing a new book. It’s quite an accomplishment to write great stories about small things. This rack shows that the size of the object is not important, it’s how you use it that counts. Small is equal to large.

Portrait photography by Lieve Blancquaert

MyPrecious
MyPrecious
Strategic Design
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH 5X5

FOR VELDEMAN

YEAR XXXX

MyPrecious combines the knowledge and expertise of companies and a team of designers to jointly create new products or manufactures that they cannot realise alone; the project helps companies to take a strategic position in an innovative network. To increase their innovation potential, they are given the opportunity to work together with other companies and a team of experienced designers or 'Design Ambassadors' in a stimulating and inspiring setting. The theme "MyPrecious" is explored as a common thread throughout the project. The innovation capacity of the participating companies and designers is addressed, challenged, sharpened and deployed. This initially requires an openness on the part of the companies to share their expertise with the other participating companies, which then very quickly reveals additional insights and knowledge.

In collaboration with the city of Genk and Dany Snokx. In this project I worked for Veldeman tents

Between Two for Wouter Torfs
Between Two for Wouter Torfs
Objet Portrait
Industrial Design
Objet Portrait
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH WOUTER TORFS

FOR OBJET PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognize both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

BETWEEN TWO

In this sculpture you see two movements: a horizontal line that represents everyday life, normality, the work environment, etc. The vertical line refers to private life, spirituality, concealment, etc. These two worlds form a whole while they are actually apart.


BOOK BALANCE

Book Balance reflects the balance which is sought at two levels: between business and private life, and between ratio and unreasonableness. It invites you to participate actively in this tension.

Portrait Photography by Lieve Blancquaert

Soap Serie for Tom Van Dyck
Soap Serie for Tom Van Dyck
Objet Portrait
Objet Portrait
Objects and Installations
2017

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH TOM VAN DYCK

FOR OBJET PORTRAIT

YEAR 2017

From the way in which OBJET PORTRAIT was created, we can deduce that for Roel every creation is primarily an encounter. It is a dialogue with the other, which can be a person, a community, an environment, an object and so on. Actually, this involves the two most basic human questions. What is the world? Who am I? As human beings it is the task of all of us to find a relationship between these questions. That makes us who we are. We recognize both in Roel's meeting activity as a designer: his open attitude towards the world and his own freedom to interpret it. Nine people are listened to candidly about their way of being in the world. Although they are people 'of the world', with an explicit public image, they are withdrawn from this mundane image. They reflect on their own roots. How do they understand themselves in their way of being?

Armed with this human wealth, Roel then makes his own interpretation of it. He develops two objects for each of these nine people, one applied and one free. One functional, the other symbolic: the two domains, in other words, between which he constantly moves. Each of these objects is, as it were, the 'face' of the people involved in which something of their soul is expressed. But the soul of the designer also takes part in the debate. As the design process proves: it is a long, uncertain, groping road that leads from listening to speaking. Finding this connection is what it comes down to. It is a meeting between two freedoms. Why should such dialogue not be possible? Or is this a utopian idea? That is ultimately the question he confronts us with Objet Portrait.

SOAP SERIE

Anyone who knows Tom is aware that he wears rings regularly, some more extravagant than others. These jewels inspired me for a new design and to find a different angle. The fact that Tom is a neat freak could be accommodated perfectly in the design. The soap ring was born and Tom immediately began referring to a Soap Series.


VERZAMELD WERK

Precision, organisation, functionality and hygiene are the basic characteristics of an industrial kitchen but they also apply to Tom’s kitchen. Add an interest for (cook) books and you get Collected Works. Not cook books, but rather the chopping boards that refer to them. Each plank has a function and together they form a team.

Portrait Photography by Lieve Blancquaert

Broodsnijbakvorm
Broodsnijbakvorm
Second prize BKRK 2018
Industrial Design
2018

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH BOKRIJK

YEAR 2018

The disadvantage of cutting a loaf completely is that it dries out faster, that you cannot determine the desired width and that it is loose in the bread bag. If you choose to cut it yourself “on demand”, this often leads to irregular thicknesses and oblique bread cuts.

We solve all these problems with the Broodsnijbakvorm. This shape has built-in ribs that go from the left side through the bottom to the right side. These 4 mm deep “slats” ensure that this rhythm is repeated in the bread itself when baking the bread: left, right and bottom. After baking, you can use this stripe pattern as a guide to work precisely when cutting. This way you can also cut thicker cuts by working in two or three thicknesses. In addition to functionality, this rhythm also gives a nice graphic effect and recognisability to the bread. It is even easy to know how many slices are left because you can count them on the bread.

Fringe Bench
Fringe Bench
Urban furniture
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2018

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH GENK

YEAR 2018

This design is part of a larger project for the upgrading of the Molenstraat in Genk (general house style, logo in 3D, green partition, …). The city’s vision was to restore this old shopping street back to its glory, with a particular focus on the crafts. One of the new attractive elements are these Fringe benches (11 pieces) that give the street a new character. These massive oak beams (40 x 40 cm) provide the appearance of purity and tranquility that the street needs. But as you get closer you discover a strong piece of craftsmanship. All benches have an original piece of decor, a fringe. This artisan wood carving consists of flowers, plants, fruit, … even a spell. An old craft unites with a sleek contemporary design in a surprising relationship between the beam and the ornament.

This combination appeals to a very wide audience, the elderly because it is an old technique that they see in a contemporary context, and the young because it is new to them. The benches were therefore made on site by the local woodcarver and, during this process, could count on a lot of attention.

Eyewear Box
Eyewear Box
Becomes display
Industrial Design
2018

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH ODETTE LUNETTES

FOR ODETTE LUNETTES

YEAR 2018

Through a number of conversations, the identity of Odette Lunettes became clear to Roel, allowing him to fully empathize with the philosophy of the brand. The initial question was to develop a kind of 'presentation object' that sellers in different countries can use as a tool to present the glasses to the opticians in an original way. It soon became clear that the presentation object was not the only thing they were looking for. Rather, it was about designing a kind of new 'identity' in general in which the presentation of spectacles during a sales conversation, a display for the opticians and the spectacle case would form one whole.

The new spectacle case is based on Odette’s 'O' and made of thin sheet steel. Due to its unique shape and sobriety it becomes a recognizable icon for the brand. Both the large 'O' and the logo on the side give an extra dimension due to the relief shape that is incorporated in it. The lid does not hinge as you would expect, but slides open and is therefore pleasant to use. The box is available in black and white, in two sizes and always provided with a soft interior.

Silent Space
Silent Space
Chapel installation
Objects and Installations
2018

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH AZ SINT-MAARTEN

YEAR 2018

Creating a quiet space in the new hospital in Mechelen offers the opportunity to withdraw with silence as a partner. You can visit this space individually, but certainly also in a group. You can let the silence come to you, but you can also have conversations in small groups. You allow this space to come to yourself, allow you to reflect and think undisturbed. It is a (rest) place that is handed over, that is always present when you need it with the intention of giving you strength.

Not only this space wants to help you with this, but also the silence object that I have designed and created for this. It is a large flat disc that appears to float on the ground. It is a serene, white and quiet object. It doesn’t call for attention, but it is there. However, it is imperfect. A fold does not make this object perfectly flat, a reference to all of us, nobody is perfect. But it is precisely this imperfection that makes it a warm and human object that is close to us. The imperfection gives beauty to this object. It wants to communicate with you, it wants to release something in you, it gives you peace of mind, it lets you discover something.

Family Bike
Family Bike
Objects and Installations
2018

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH HET LABO FOR THE EXPO RING RING

YEAR 2018

The city of Hasselt, Belgium and the LABO proudly present: Ring Ring. The (art) tour of Hasselt in the fall of 2018! The small ring serves as a Vélodroom for more than 40 imaginative installations. The Labo designer collective set to work with (orphaned) bicycles that were transformed into original and artistic works of art. Produced by: Werkhuizen Hengelhoef.

Pique Fleurs
Pique Fleurs
Objects and Installations
2019

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH BOS+

YEAR 2019

With these Pique Fleurs I want to give the user the opportunity to arrange flowers in a structured way. This design is the result of the Maakbaar project, which investigated how design can contribute to the transition to a sustainable global society. It is an exciting partnership with Flanders DC, OVAM, the Design Museum Ghent and the Peruvian partner AIDER, in which the designers were asked to be inspired by nature to give sustainability a central place in the design and realization of their Products. The technique of the Pique Fleur is inspired by traditional Peruvian wickerwork. For the prototypes I called on local weaver Johnny Ceyssens, who uses willow as the basic material. The old braiding technique is given a modern twist with local plants. This prototype was used as a reference for the braiders in Peru who made their own version of it in their neighborhood. For example, a different technique and different materials can provide a new result in each country. To keep this design as ecological as possible, I recommend buying a used vase at the thrift store.

Stippelboek
Stippelboek
Dot book
Social Design
2019

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH 37 GRADEN

FOR JESSA

YEAR 2019

37° aims to develop products that reconnect people. It is a format, a facility that brings different actors closer together, based on an honest idea and with products made by people at a distance from the labor market in sheltered workplaces. In this way, 37° makes both designers and makers more visible and also contributes to the growth process of vulnerable groups in our society. Their products are made locally in response to overseas imports that consumers have no personal connection to. 37° works with a transparent structure and with sustainable materials, as circular or recycled as possible. From their identity and skills, Roel came up with the idea to do something with stickers.

The Dotbook is the result of my interpretation of all input during our joint sessions. Every book is different and together they form one graphic work. With the book and the preformatted dots, Roel provided the makers with a “framework” within which they could be creative themselves, in contrast to the series work and the routine jobs that are usually outsourced to them. In this way the banal activity of pasting is elevated to a personal expression of creativity in a place where you do not expect it. The result for the makers is a better self-image, more self-confidence, fun and pride.

Lifted Table
Lifted Table
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2020

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH PIET STOCKMANS

YEAR 2020

Roel designed the Lifted Table for ceramist Piet Stockmans. Porcelain is subtly integrated into this oak table at the bottom of the legs and reminds you of the elegance of a ballerina. Not only does this symbiosis of two materials create a beautiful spectacle, because the porcelain avoids direct contact with the floor, the problem of rising water during cleaning does not apply.

Anvil
Anvil
Handles
Industrial Design
2020

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

FOR JOLIE HANDLES

YEAR 2020

GOOD DESIGN AWARD WINNER AUSTRALIA

The way to market the Jolie Handles brand is unique. It is a combination of sober, stylish products that are produced with great care in a unique traditional way. As a result, they appeal to a specific target group. I have tried to further translate this way of working and to make it more powerful on the basis of new designs with the following points of attention: proportions, image value, emotion, open character, uniqueness and cuddlyness. As a designer, the art is to bring innovation without undermining Jolie’s philosophy. It gives the buyer or user a surprising and new addition to the existing collection, new and old reinforce each other. Jolie’s handles are present, but not dominant.

RVC
RVC
Planters for Atelier Vierkant
Industrial Design
2021

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH ATELIER VIERKANT

YEAR 2021

Roel examines and works on the intersection of design and architecture. Surrounded daily by architects in his studio collective near Maastricht, he is confronted with their continuous requests and challenges. In the research of adaptable and portable pots, Atelier Vierkant and Roel Vandebeek decided to cooperate, combining their shared interests. As part of the 2021 collection, Roel presents an innovative series of planters, half wire, half clay. Lightweight, these planters are easily moved around and therefore particularly convenient for apartments, limited sized spaces or anywhere with a specific need for flexibility. The transparency of the wire leaves room for light to shine through, provides airiness and spaciousness to an extent where even the ground underneath the pot is taken into consideration.

Award VW
Award VW
Objects and Installations
2022

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH COCOMO

FOR DE VLAAMSE WATERWEG

YEAR 2022

De Vlaamse Waterweg nv manages and exploits the waterways as a powerful network that contributes to the economy, prosperity and quality of life in Flanders. De Vlaamse Waterweg nv strengthens transport via inland shipping, ensures water management and increases the attractiveness of the waterways for recreation, tourism and nature experience. From the registered office in Hasselt and departments in Willebroek, Brussels, Antwerp, Merelbeke and Mol, approximately 1,350 employees of the organization work on a smart, versatile and prosperous waterway network.

For the biennial award, stakeholders are recognized for their exceptional contribution and collaboration. For this special occasion they asked Roel to design a special trophy.

Ballerina
Ballerina
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2022

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

For KLUSKENS

YEAR 2022

The presence of a table in a room is very decisive and often dominant. As a designer, I therefore started from the 'slenderness' of a table. During the search for this refined interplay of lines, the Ballerina was created, which stands elegantly on her legs. Functional because of the different sizes and shapes of the tops, elegant and dynamic because of the mobile base that forms a symbiosis with them.

Wanderful Stream
Wanderful Stream
Strategic Design
2023

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLABORATION WITH CARMANS

FOR Interreg Meuse-Rhine Euregion

YEAR 2023

Wanderful Stream aims to coach and guide small and medium-sized enterprises free of charge in the transition to a more circular economy. It wants to point out the added value of interdisciplinary collaboration across the borders of the Euregio and different business sectors. Wanderful.stream wants to make interdisciplinary cross-pollination around residual flows tangible by developing 40 prototypes of innovative products. Mapping challenges, needs and opportunities for the circular economy in the Meuse-Rhine Euregion. Literally and figuratively through online tools, but also through community events.

Making residual flows or materials visible to better match supply and demand. Is your company (interested in) a certain residual flow? Let us know now, because it might become a raw material for new products or a spark for new ideas.



For this project I worked together with Carmans concrete, optimising there Blueblocks. And the project Unending, how to make stronger fruit boxes and what to do with the damaged ones.

Strozetel
Strozetel
Objects and Installations
2009

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

YEAR 2005

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Starry Night
Starry Night
Renaissance of a bed
Industrial Design
Selected work
2022

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH MAGNITUDE

FOR MAGNITUDE

YEAR 2022

MUSE DESIGN AWARD

Great ideas often form in good places. For designer and artist Roel Vandebeek (°1970) it was the studios of Magnitude. When he walked around and saw the care with which the beds are made, he was inspired and the idea for Starry Night was born. This wonderful bed fits into Magnitude's tradition of inviting designers for a special design edition. After Jean-François d'Or and Alain Gilles, among others, the honor now fell to compatriot Roel Vandebeek. With his design, Roel evokes the image of a cast-iron bed from days gone by. His contemporary interpretation was given a sleek, pared-down look and a luxurious execution with subtle details. With the name Starry Night, Roel transports you to a French attic room, ready for a fairytale night of stargazing. On the webpage you can enjoy a film in which Roel Vandebeek explains more about the breeding ground of his designs.

Starry Night is available in two types of fabric both of which add an extra dimension to the design. The Lainosa Fabric has the sophisticated look of a wool felt fabric made from 100% polyester. Lainosa was selected in a total of six shades, from neutral beige, warm brown, stylish anthracite, inspiring midnight blue to a bright orange. The Eternal Velvet Fabric creates extra depth thanks to the velour with mohair look. This fabric also comes in six shades: neutral ecru, chic anthracite, bronzy gold, absinthe green, warm orange and dreamy azure. With the darker colours, the play between presence and absence is more exciting. The lighter colours, on the other hand, more quickly evoke the secure feeling of nostalgic memory.

Roel Vandebeek found the inspiration for Starry Night during a visit to the Magnitude studios. “What struck me most was how great their passion and expertise is in the field of upholstery and stitching. In my design I wanted to translate this craft into an archetypal image of the past: the antique French cast-iron bed. This image is in the collective memory, which immediately evokes a sense of recognition and memory. And if you can actualize such an archetype and let it be reborn with contemporary techniques, you have the best of both worlds: the sense of security of the past intertwined with the luxury and comfort of today.’

By ‘projecting’ the image of the French bed onto a tightly upholstered foot and headboard, ‘then’ and ‘now’ are brought together. With the right choice of fabric and filling, elegant lines are created thanks to the shadow play with the stitching seam. The signature of the Magnitude craft becomes, as it were, a means of communication between bed and person.

Clay Table
Clay Table
Selected work
Objects and Installations
2022

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH ATELIER VIERKANT & De Castelli

YEAR 2022

Starting from the archetype of the table, this design was materialized by working with clay tablets. Each tablet has its unique story to tell. The purity of the clay contrasts nicely with the slim, brass legs, which, due to the color and surface treatment, are added like a jewel. Both materials respect and reinforce each other, it is from this symbiosis that the strength of this design arises.The smart base makes it possible to use and combine different sizes of clay tablets, an extra freedom at the service of the user. In collaboration with De Castelli (brass legs).

Finally Home
Finally Home
Objects and Installations
Selected work
2016

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH HEINDONK

YEAR 2016

The back of the architectural installation widens towards the square and, as it were, opens up to the world, offering a platform. This architectural installation gives Heindonk a contemporary vision and a dynamic future. A meaningful beacon in the landscape. With the installation of the artwork, the square was also completely redesigned by design agency Stramien.

Based on an open call to its population, the municipality of Willebroek looked for places that could be enriched with art/installation. One project was assigned for the square in Heindonk, a sub-municipality of Willebroek. It is a social project in which the population is closely involved and must give their approval for all important proposals and steps. When you drive into the center of Heindonk, the old church and chapel stand out in the street scene. Together with the personage, they determine the face of this village center. Their virtual intersection falls on the square, but here they are not received, a plain remains.

With this design I want to create a symbiosis between these sacred buildings and my installation in such a way that they reinforce each other. In this way, my installation is incorporated into the square and becomes part of the existing architecture. What it boils down to is that I designed a transparent building that, with its modest facade (a chapel shape), focuses on the sacred buildings. This answers these questions and creates an interesting tension between abstracted design and historical architecture, old and new materials, ...

Booklght
Booklght
Industrial Design
Selected work
Strategic Design
2022

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH WOUD

FOR HIDN COLLECTION

YEAR 2022

As the name refers to, Booklght unites a bookshelf and a lamp in an honest and transparent way. Subtly merging two common functions. Booklght illustrates a different take on the HIDN design language. By implementing the HIDN approach as a natural part of the design process, the opportunity for integrating a lamp into a shelf was revealed to the designer. He found a hidden idea to add a new function. The result is a playful and distinctive design that leaves you with a moment of wonder.

Made from the same piece of metal, the additional material, that has been added to form the lampshade, is added at the right moment of the production phase to optimize the process. Also, with this combination of two products in one, there is only one production, one packaging and one transportation

The HIDN design language

   • Searching for hidden possibilities in material or processing to reveal a hidden part, function, shape, inspiration or design feature

   • A way to think outside the box, be innovative and unfold your creativity

   • Treasure hunting for the hidden gems and surprises

   • Design with a precycling approach; optimising material and process in an early stage

   • Getting more out of a product than initially thought

   • Adding obvious functionality, value or aesthetics to a design without adding obvious material

   • A responsible and considered take on minimalism

   • A naturally integrated step in your table of content when designing

Woodface Acoustic
Woodface Acoustic
Acoustic indoor wood and felt concept
Selected work
Architectural Design
2023

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

FOR OUTDOOR WOOD CONCEPTS

german design award - blt award - adca award

YEAR 2023

Woodface Acoustic is a unique acoustic wall covering in which fins in pet felt are attached in oak board grooves. Application of this 3-dimensional system results in unparalleled look, feel and silence. This architectural and interactive interior cladding allows tuning the acoustic absorption and maximizing the experience.

  • Vertical, acoustic wall covering.
  • Combination of oak boards with fins in pet felt
  • 3-dimensional system
  • Extensive selection and combination possibilities
  • Tuning of acoustic absorption
  • Circular system
Hidn Collection Awards
Hidn Collection Awards
Objects and Installations
Selected work
2023

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH WOUD

FOR WOUD

YEAR 2023

The HIDN design award is intended to inspire and motivate design minds in the process where a design comes to life. Based on this drive the international HIDN Design Competition was established. A space with room to challenge, play and flourish. Designed by Roel, he's is the driving force behind the HIDN concept.

Space-R
Space-R
Winner of Red Dot Design Award
Industrial Design
Selected work
Strategic Design
2021

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH AVC GEMINO

YEAR 2021

RED DOT DESIGN AWARD

Space-R® is a new invention by AVC Gemino. Patent is pending. AVC Gemino is a Belgian company specialising in vertical space partitioning. These imagineers of space(s) always seek out the perfect blend of aesthetics, functionality, flexibility, durability and acoustics. The creative team fuses imagination and engineering to create a unified whole.

With his solution we won the Red Dot Design Award and the Henry van de Velde Label, a prominent recognition for products that excel in product design. We already see an increasing demand for our adaptable system solutions that combine flexibility with an attractive design and high-quality acoustics.

Create your own look and feel with a variety of materials, interfaces and add-on functionality.

Having a space where people can meet and work (together) is essential to employee wellbeing, health and productivity. However, due to challenging building joints and the variety of project participants, creating these spaces often runs into difficulties and frustration. Installing or moving walls takes considerable time, energy and money.

Space-R relegates these problems to a thing of the past. Its plug-and-play wall profiles are easy to install or relocate, and leave the floors and ceilings unscathed. This doesn’t mean compromising on design, either – thanks to mix-and-match material options. Space-R also provides excellent acoustics.

D-Random
D-Random
Roman blinds
Industrial Design
2022

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH DECOLINE

YEAR 2022

Roman blinds remain a popular form of window decoration. They are therefore both functional and highly decorative and can be perfectly matched to the interior like no other type of window decoration. Roman blinds fit in very sleek modern as well as in classic interiors, depending on the choice of finish. The system is pulled up with the tubes in the roman blind. So they have a practical function. But the tubes are certainly also decorative. Although a standard roman blind is made with tubes at the back so that only a seam is visible at the front, tubes at the front are also increasingly being chosen. This gives a nice result, especially for a fabric with a pattern. But also for a solid fabric, tubes at the front are a good choice and provide a playful character.

Why should the tubes only be functional? Letting creativity run wild it's possible to add tubes to create an original pattern for an original and unique result.

Booknd
Booknd
Communicating bookends
Industrial Design
Selected work
Strategic Design
2022

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH WOUD

FOR HIDN COLLECTION

YEAR 2022

Made of smooth, solid marble, Booknd communicates an immediate and naturally beautiful aesthetic. With its graphic forms, the bookends emphatically combine soft, cylindrical shapes with consistent, straight lines, resulting in two decorative objects that have a visible mutual relationship. Although the Booknds are separated by books, they will always be visually connected, which strongly enhances the unity of the objects. A set of Booknd consists of one small and one large bookend.

The HIDN design language

   • Searching for hidden possibilities in material or processing to reveal a hidden part, function, shape, inspiration or design feature

   • A way to think outside the box, be innovative and unfold your creativity

   • Treasure hunting for the hidden gems and surprises

   • Design with a precycling approach; optimising material and process in an early stage

   • Getting more out of a product than initially thought

   • Adding obvious functionality, value or aesthetics to a design without adding obvious material

   • A responsible and considered take on minimalism

   • A naturally integrated step in your table of content when designing

  • Material: Solid marble
  • Set: 2 pcs (1 x small + 1 x large)
  • Country of origin: China

  • Length: 6,4/10 cm
  • Depth: 12/13,2 cm
  • Height: 12/18,5 cm

Digital Harp
Digital Harp
Social Design
2019

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB UCLL AND TOERMALIEN

YEAR 2019

2nd PRICE IN4CARE

The senses of the person with dementia are stimulated by offering tactile, image and sound material. By responding to the living environment of the person with dementia, personal information can be offered. Tests have already been carried out in the residential care center, which showed that the set objectives were achieved. People with dementia are really set in motion and the harp exerts a certain attraction that inspires entire communities. The harp stimulates people with dementia and encourages them to socialize. Memories of the past are retrieved through reminiscence. It is also the intention that the prototype developed in co-creation will be valorised so that it can be offered in various residential care centers, although the possibilities can go much wider than residential care centers alone. The interdisciplinary team consisted of: teachers, researchers and students of nursing and electronics from UC Leuven Limburg, designer Roel Vandebeek, management and staff of WZC Toermalien, Genk.

Twin
Twin
One grip, two directions
Industrial Design
Strategic Design
2021

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH DOVY

FOR PROJECT 5X5

YEAR 2021

Twin consists of two slim, vertical handles placed right above each other, making it look like there is only one vertical handle for opening two cabinet doors. The left handle is right above the right handle. Or is it the other way around? Is the handle for opening the right cabinet door above the handle for opening the left cabinet door? Who knows. That depends on the user, who is left- or right-handed.

What is unique about this new handle is undeniably the surprising effect. When the cabinet doors are closed, you see a single vertical, slim line. You don't know which handle is meant for opening the left- or right-handed cabinet door. But the thoughtful aspect also plays a role: the convenience for the user to be able to open the cabinet doors with a handle while creating a visual refinement in the handle line of the kitchen.

In my search for a new visual value in the kitchen, I thought of accentuating the vertical lines by means of the door handles to increase the slimness and character. In practice, this means that a double handle must be placed next to each other to be able to open all cabinets. This dual use did not provide the finesse I was looking for.

By inventing Twin, these double handles are reduced to one handle that is divided according to the cupboard wall. This allows you to open up to 4 cabinets in two directions with one vertical trigger. Surprising, slim and thoughtful.

Cocon
Cocon
The outer shell
Industrial Design
2020

DESIGN ROEL VANDEBEEK

IN COLLAB WITH WARSCO UNITS

YEAR 2020

During the concept phase, I mainly went in search of a certain dynamic that can be integrated into the finish on the outside. This breaks through the recognizable basic shape of the unit and creates a playful and cuddly character. In my design, an extra outer jacket is draped over the unit. This makes it possible to slide open this covering like a 'curtain' at the height of the windows and doors, creating a dynamic image that also forms a symbiosis between the outer shell and the unit.

Starting from Warsco’s machine park, the elaboration of this unit can be done entirely indoors. This offers many advantages in terms of flexibility (customizability), control and pricing. The idea is that this concept can also be extended to other existing or new units, always tailor-made.

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