Finding Zen in the Minimalist Home Accessories of Michael Verheyden

Michael-Verheyden-Garniture-Vases

The decorative mix-media minimalist home accessories of contemporary Belgian artisan Michael Verheyden are a remarkable example of how beauty in its purest form really comes from simple basic elements. Noble and durable materials like Carrara marble, solid walnut, concrete, bronze, alabaster and leather are sculpturally combined into elemental forms that are his signature.  And on first impression, you may get a sense he is just one more product designer with a cold minimalist mantra, but on closer inspection, you find his designs go a bit further – they are timeless vessels of superb craftsmanship, quality and innovation.

 

Michael-Verheyden-Jars

Verheyden is one of the young representatives of a present-day Belgian contemporary minimalist aesthetic. Like interior designer/dealer Axel Vervoordt, the aesthetic is pared down to its basics.  But unlike Mr. Vervoordt, Verhreyden’s aesthetic is not really wabi-sabi – meaning unfinished and imperfect.  It’s polished, perfectly constructed and highly finished. Verheyden’s timeless vessels discard the wabi part and become sabi – unfussy forms that acquire beauty, serenity and transcendence with age.  In a way, think of his classically simple luxurious minimalist home accesories as more Tom Ford than Jil Sander!

 

Michael-Verheyden-Black-Marble-Vase

Verheyden’s decorative mix-media home accessories don’t just come to life as a result of the designer’s heightened aesthetic sensitivity, but from his pragmatic formal training as an industrial designer and a stint in the fashion world where he was apt at marrying the beautiful with the practical. In 2002 he opened his doors – first as a handbag designer – and today is a small housewares studio that turns out everything from furniture to useful decorative and minimalist home accessories that are all carefully and meticulously handmade.

 

Michael-Verheyden-Cylinders

What makes his contemporary restrained vessels different from others I’ve seen is his attention to detail and his combination of materials within one object.  Take for example, the black marble vase and bowl with cast bronze ring and leather-covered base or his white Carrara marble jars with leather tops. They’re really beautiful and if you arrange a few as in the photograph at the top, you come up with a very special and one of a kind garniture of vessels for your home.  I say HURRAY for the artisanal work of Verheyden.

 

Michael-Verheyden-White-Marble-Vase

richard rabel
principal
richard rabel: interiors + art
interior design and art advising
new york city

image credits: Michael Verheyden, Belgium.  The garniture of vessels with a branch on the wooden surface by Alexandre Guirkinger for the NYT.  A great selection of Verheyden’s products is carried by Avenue Road, Toronto and New York.
  • Felicia Reynolds

    Amazing work – as always, Richard, you pick the winners. Mixed media is very hard. You’d think with more options you’d have a better chance of making something beautiful, but in fact it just offers more ways to mess it up. It takes a brilliant eye to edit all the options and make work like this.

    • themodernsybarite

      I completely agree with you. TY for your comments.

  • Tony Danambassis

    Beautiful materials!

  • Ellen Fisch

    Stunning art objects influenced by industrial design! Michael Verheyden’s minimalist aesthetic focuses on the beautiful materials creating and accentuating the form of these wonderfully designed vessels. Thanks, Richard!

  • Margaret Ryall

    Thanks for the introduction to this designer and his lusciously simple objects. When form is pared down you are invited to interact with materials. I also appreciate how the simplicity supports/enhances the delicate branches when added.

    • themodernsybarite

      TY for checking in and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.