Michaël Verheyden is a Belgian designer (b. 1978) with a worldwide reputation. He designs and produces a range of housewares, together with his wife, Saartje Vereecke, which fall midway between daily utensils and art objects. The collection features minimalist furniture, leather baskets, marble trays and decorative bronze objects.
Verheyden combines respect for local traditions and expert workmanship with elemental forms. His designs are a celebration of sublime craftsmanship and rich, natural materials, such as wood, marble, leather and bronze. The combination of the archetypical, architectural geometries with warm materials impart a certain spiritual power.
He is inspired by the long-standing tradition of Flemish design and craftsmanship and the peace and quiet and natural surroundings of the region where he was born, near Genk (BE), where he still lives and works today. At the same time, his passion for fashion, art and the energy of large metropolises also influence his work.
Michaël Verheyden is the creative mind behind his collection but he also produces everything himself, in his own workshop. Every object he fashions is therefore really unique. He relies on a team of hand-picked local craftsmen for the components. But every product is handled, assembled and lovingly looked over by the master before it leaves the workshop. This approach guarantees the highest level of quality and finish.
Verheyden’s collection is sold in boutiques and showrooms worldwide. International architects and interior designers work with him, incorporating objects from his collection in their designs. In some cases, however, they choose the epitome of perfection and uniqueness, ordering bespoke designs by Michaël Verheyden.
Reference works in Verheyden’s collection include the G55 Lounger, the Potte vase in marble, the Héron lamp (CTO lighting) and Coupe and Cone (When Objects Work).
Michaël Verheyden won the Henry Van de Velde award for talented young designers and received the Wallpaper design award three times. The latter magazine also included him in its 2016 Wallpaper Powerlist of the world’s most influential designers.