Vincent Van Duysen is known for deftly creating meditative spaces where purity and simplicity are paramount. Whether stylish furnishings for Molteni & C or thoughtful refreshes of Antwerp hotels, the main theme underpinning the Flemish designer’s finest work is quiet introspection by means of subtle, clean-lined minimalism. It’s no surprise that Van Duysen is an avid follower of transcendental meditation—or that his latest collection is a series of functional objects designed in collaboration with New York activewear label Jacques, whose founder, Gregg Cohenca, abides by the mantra “quiet confidence.”
The collection strips a chair, block, side table, sandbag, and blanket down to their essence, revealing the inherent beauty and function of objects we may otherwise take for granted. The goal, of course, is connectivity. “Rooted in the spirit of practice, each piece creates a tranquil yet dynamic environment,” Van Duysen tells Surface, “and supports the mind and body through movement and intention.” He means that literally: the natural oak Meditation Chair features an inclined seat that supports posture during meditation and breathwork, and the lightweight block’s rounded edges help the body settle into pose. A welcome salve in today’s overstimulated world, perhaps a dose of minimalist furniture will help you slow down—and attain the nirvana-like stillness mastered in Van Duysen’s interiors.