Orson Oxo Van Beek Researches The Historical Emblems Through Ornamentum


Orson Oxo Van Beek (1995) is a Belgian spatial designer who lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

By combining the fields of art, craft, and design, he primarily concentrates on furniture and scenography. Orson works between the digital and the crafted. Creating digital atmospheres that he later produces. He currently works at Studio Dennis Vanderbroeck based in Rotterdam.


The inspiration initially started with research into classical ornamental furniture periods such as the Rococo, Baroque, Renaissance, to name a few. Both Orson and Quinten have a fascination with ornamental and decorative furniture and questioned why there is such an absence of excessive decorations within contemporary design. This collection aimed to create a collection of unfamiliar decorative furniture that touches the boundaries between aesthetics and functionality. As a result of this, they transitioned themselves as modern-day craftsmen by a time-consuming design process that reflects itself within the decorated embellishments.


The pieces were initially developed with highly detailed graphical depictions of our interpretation of modern-day ornaments. These intricate graphics were later on converted to 3D software to assemble the complete furniture collection. Subsequently, we laser cut all the pieces in 6mm aluminum, which we welded together. Finally, we sanded the aluminum to enrich the material qualities with more surface contrast, which is quite unconventional as you would usually go for a clean coat. The graphic symbols and shapes bloomed partially out of Quinten’s master collection and our joint effort in researching typical historical emblems and branches in combination with contemporary logos and icons that we then merged and used in an atypical way.







Photography by Seppe Elewaut with courtesy of Orson Oxo Van Beek


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