August Passe Partout by Vincent Van Duysen
Following the opening of the restaurant ‘The Jane’ in the chapel of the former military hospital in Antwerp in 2014, its convent was also given a new function. Architect, interior designer and product designer Vincent Van Duysen transformed it into a warm, contemporary hotel. When he met with the Serax team to discuss the production of the hotel tableware in 2017, they immediately saw eye to eye. Just one year later, the collaboration has resulted in an extensive collection for both professional and home use.
The past is reflected in many aspects of this collection. Glasses that are vaguely reminiscent of medieval chalices, and carafes of different sizes that make any bottle on the table superfluous. With the porcelain tableware, countless visual effects can be created by stacking or by playing with the contrasting white and black exterior colours. The cutlery and wooden accessories also follow the blueprint Vincent Van Duysen had in mind for Passe-partout: no-nonsense, a tad nostalgic, while at the same time very contemporary.
Vincent Van Duysen: “Furniture should never clamour for attention, it should become one with its surroundings, unnoticed. It is the users who add colour.@
The Outdoor collection by Vincent Van Duysen for Serax is made of aluminium and it is available with a black or grey-green powder coating. This makes it suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. The chairs, lounge chair, and table articulate the sheer simplicity of the monastic life they were inspired by. The wider, slightly lower proportions are of this day and age and contribute modern-day comfort.