The collective consists of Edouard Devriendt, Jochen Schamelhout, Leon Duyck, Aaron De Keyzer, and Emile Duyck - all between 23 and 29 years old. Each member of the team has their own experience making things - some have been schooled by a bronze caster since their teens, followed evening classes in wood- and metalwork; were trained as art handlers; studied architecture or art history; others crafted their own furniture. Their diverse and multi-layered backgrounds are deeply embedded in vormen’s DNA. They all share a love for objects and crafts, and are dedicated and passionate about research and learning. "We’re constantly trying to push our limits. We learn by doing, through trial and error.” There you have it: vormen’s signature approach.
“Take your pleasure seriously”, they like quoting Charles Eames. “It is a primal human urge to create something tangible. Creating something with your own hands, gives satisfaction.” Just like Eames, vormen have turned their pleasure into their work. For now, they embrace their limitations and take pleasure in learning and finding alternatives. They follow their own rhythm and hit the market in their own way: for a couple of months they have had their own showroom in the heart of the city. This has allowed their first fan-base of design and art-loving enthusiasts and fellow makers to grow, which creates new challenges: "If the chair becomes really successful, we’ll have to see how we can meet the demand. We’ll see how to manage in due time.”