New arrivals of accessories by Michael Verheyden in Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue represents new arrivals of the long-awaited collection of accessories from renowned Belgian brand Michael Verheyden.
January 13, 2017

“Every Belgian is born with a brick in his stomach,” Michael Verheyden says. “It means that every Belgian wants to own his own home,” Verheyden’s wife, Saartje Vereecke, explains. Six years ago, the couple fulfilled their Belgian dream when they acquired and remodeled the modest brick house that now serves as their home and design studio.

He is not into complicated forms. Simple cylinders, round bowls and rectilinear tables and chairs recall John Pawson or Donald Judd, but his objects are rescued from total minimalism by his adeptness with materials. His deceptively simple forms have an uncanny ability to bring forth the singular beauty of a vein in a marble tray or the subtle patina of a bronze vase. His aim when he creates a piece is to impart a bit of that feeling of serenity and transcendence. “I hope that people are slowing down when they are using my designs,” he explains. “We’re living today at a very high speed, reading e-mails every five minutes and traveling the whole world, but to be able to do this you need to slow down and create your own rituals. We need to feel grounded again. So the materials I choose, by looking at them and touching them, I hope they can work in some kind of healing way.” He laughs, adding quickly, “I’m not a New Age-y guy, but it’s something I strive for, to be very Zen.”

You can purchase novelties from the collection of Michael Verheyden now in the Fifth Avenue showroom in the design center Artplay!