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_Revising the pipe

Everyday objects are often taken for granted, meaning we spend so much time using them that we forget to really look at them and understand exactly why they work so well and turn into our everyday assistants. 
As a designer, Jean-Francois D'Or takes his time to understand though. He carefully inspects the objects in his surroundings and uses them to create a kind of 'inventory mood board':

'Coincidentally, I had an old wooden tobacco pipe from my grandfather in my hand and the more I looked at it, the more I was convinced that this could be an excellent door handle, perfectly ergonomic, comfortable and soft within the hand.'

Furthermore, the designer discovered how the volume of the pipe could include the rosette inside, leaving the handle as a mere comma on the door. 


The René collection by Jean-Francois D'Or is made of solid brass and aluminum, either with a lacquered satin brass or black anodized aluminum finish. The blue anodized aluminum and other finishes are available on demand.

'I felt like introducing a new finish to the Maison Vervloet mood. For the Audrey collection we had already developed the black anodized aluminum, a deeply mat black finish adding a very soft touch to the products. For the René collection, I wanted to push even further and proposed this magic electric mat blue anodized aluminum. The people at Maison Vervloet thought I was mad, and so did I. But we were all completely taken by the presence of the colour, blue, nothing but blue.'  

Door handles, door knobs, furniture knobs and a door stop in the same design format offer the possibility to create a coherence around the house.  

Further details about the René collection here or find them on display at our summer pop-up in Knokke:
Throughout July & August 2020
The Guest, Kustlaan 110, Knokke 
11am-7pm, Wednesday closed 
visit our website
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