Maarten De Ceulaer
April 22, 2010
Instead of featuring a well know, established designer or artist, I thought I would introduce you to a young, lesser know designer who is quickly becoming … Maarten De Ceulaer. He studied Interior Design at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels. After obtaining this degree, he decided to focus more on product and furniture design. Because of his interest in strong concepts and poetic, inspiring design, he continued his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He did internships in the studio`s of Danny Venlet and Alain Berteau in Brussels, and in India at the Mudoffice, the studio of Vivek Radhakrisjnan. In 2007 he won the Dynamo Belgian Young Designers Award, and half a year later he graduated in Eindhoven, after which he went travelling in Asia for 6 months before setting up his own studio. His designs are mostly based on one strong, simple and pure concept. With his objects he tries to bring comfort, beauty and enjoyment in people’s lives. He wants to surprise, create emotions, or give a subtle wink. He questions the world around him, and translates his answers in objects. Poetry, humour and the communication of ideas are very important aspects of his designs. But conceptual as they may start, he wants his designs to be more than just whimsy thoughts or clever but unusable ideas. A good concept in a good product is what he hopes to achieve.