After he graduated as an industrial designer, Jean-François D’Or worked closely with established and demanding designers such as Maarten Van Severen and Hans De Pelsmacker. In 2003, he founded his own industrial design studio. His list of customers includes, among others, leading brands such as Ligne Roset, tossB, Maison Vervloet, reflect+, Indera, Bon Bon and Domani. In 2013, the Knack Weekend Jury elected him Best Belgian designer of the year. He has also received several international awards and recognitions including The W * house Wallpaper selection, two Henry van de Velde labels, the Architecture Muuuz International Awards, ...His work has been selected for many national & international exhibitions.
We met with Jean-François D’Or in his design studio in the centre of Brussels. A peaceful place with a nice domestic feel. A tiny, tiny barrel organ, surprisingly serving as doorbell, made us realise we were visiting a creative & playful soul.
Visiting Jean-François’ studio proved to be an inspirational experience. When browsing his portfolio, we were struck by his functional yet creative designs, ingeniously balanced. More than often with a playful or even poetic touch.
Admiring many of his prototypes, we secretly hope to someday present some of them in our HERITAGE collection.
GOOD DESIGNS SHOULD IMPROVE PEOPLE’S DAY-TO-DAY LIFE, REGARDLESS OF HOW SMALL THE IMPROVEMENT IS.
Jean-François strives to enrich products. In an unassuming, logical and simple way. He always seeks to highlight the poetic beauty of materials, without forcing it upon us. At age sixteen, he discovered the Design Museum in London and visited an exhibition about something as “mundane” as toothbrushes. He learned that there was much more to this everyday item than meets the eye. This inspired him to study Industrial Design at ENSAV La Cambre in Brussels.
He is inspired by the beauty that surrounds him. Because you should not try to compulsively create beauty but rather take in what you see around you. Which, in turn, will automatically add beauty to what you create. His small Moleskine notebooks are teeming with ideas, concepts and fantasy. Considering himself a generalist, his craft allows him to combine various disciplines. The kind of flexibility and creative freedom he adores.
HE PREFERS A SIMPLE, FUNCTIONAL AND HUMBLE APPROACH TO OBJECTS.
HERITIST lovers, Frederik & Vicky