A lounge collection of architectural proportions and delicate material contrasts, Brabo features a sensitive mixture of metal, wood, and leather. Taming such a mixed-media composition requires a refined aesthetic and impeccable editing. Because the structure is exposed, the subtlety of the transitions was essential. It had to be beautiful from every angle.
According to folklore, Van Duysen’s home city of Antwerp was named from the legend of a mythical giant who lived near the river Scheldt. He exacted a toll from those crossing the river; for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river. Eventually, the giant was slain by a young hero named Brabo, who cut off the giant’s own hand and flung it into the river. Antwerp was later named from the Dutch hand werpen, ‘throwing hand’.
Arquitectura y Diseño, October 2013