Telegram Interview 18: Danny Venlet, Australian laid back spirit in Belgium
Venlet was born in 1958 in Victoria, Australia of Dutch parents. He studied interior design at Sint-Lukas, the Institute for Architecture and Arts in Brussels.
Following his cooperation with Neil Burley (1988) and Marc Newson (1998 to 1990) he eventually opened up his own studio, Venlet Interior Architecture, in 1991. His design projects range from private mansions, lofts, bars and restaurants all the way to showrooms and offices of large companies. Recent examples are ‘Savagan’ Hairdressing salon in Brussels and ‘La Belgique des Autres’ exhibition in St Etienne.
The interior projects and the furniture designs of Venlet are characterised by their contemporary international style. He says that the objects arise from an interaction between art, sculpture and function. These objects give a new description to the space in which they are placed – with respect, but also with relative humour. Venlet objects are discreet, but for this reason, no less obvious.
“Although I’m generally considered to be a Belgian designer, I think my work is actually infused with the typical Australian laid back spirit. My work is wide ranging: from mobile office chairs, ice-coolers and showers, to interiors for private mansions, bars and showrooms as well as exhibition design. Each project has a playfulness, which is expressed in clear simple outlines and fresh colours. The Gestalt of my designs is centred on the concept of playfulness, which in turn is linked to the idea of mind-games in which I continuously question and undermine given ideas about form, materials, scale, or the use of space and objects.”