CURRICULUM VITÆ

Born 1939 in Oudenaarde

1951-1954
attended a grammar-type school: the Koninklijk Atheneum in Avelgem.
1954-1957
studied furniture making at the Depoorter Senior Technical School in Ronse.
1960-1962
studied teacher training courses at the State Technical Teacher Training College [Rijkstechnische Normaalschool] in Ghent.
1962
married Françoise Willecomme and moved from his parents’ house in Berchem-Oudenaarde (now Kluisbergen) to Schaarbeek (Brussels) / studied interior design at the Sint-Lukasinstituut in Schaarbeek (Brussels).
1964
the birth of a son, Hendrik.
1965
the birth of a second son, Jan.
1966
renovation and interior design of the hairdressers’ Salon Larue in Kluisbergen.
1967-1968
teacher at the Imelda Institute in Molenbeek (Brussels), interior design department.
1968
opened his own study centre for interior design in Schaarbeek (Brussels) / interior design of the Show House for Expansie N.V. at ‘t Zonneveld in Grimbergen / Stand for Expansie N.V. at the Tuinsalon in Brussels / interior design for the Verroken residence, Madeliefjesstraat in Schaarbeek (destroyed) / interior design for the De Windt residence in Grimbergen.
1969
interior design of the Show House for Expansie N.V. at Drogenberg in Overijse / office design for Expansie N.V. in Brussels / interior design of the Dubois residence in Grimbergen / interior design of the Van Oostveld residence in Meise / interior design of the Heidbüchel dental practice in Leuven / designed a range of furniture (seating) for ’t Spectrum in Bergeyk (The Netherlands), where he became acquainted with designer Martin Visser / became acquainted with the painter Marcel-Henri Verdren at the office of Les Architectes de la Tour du Midi in Brussels.
1970
interior design of the Heidbüchel residence in Blanden / interior design of the Dauwe residence in Grimbergen / design of the stand for Expansie N.V. at the Tuinsalon in Brussels / designed the city offices for Austrian Airlines in Brussels / the birth of a daughter, Inge.
1971
interior design of the student bar at Oude Markt in Leuven / renovation and interior design of the Hilgers residence in Tervuren / interior design of the Bollen residence in Grimbergen.
1971-1982
freelance designer for the furniture factory N-Line International in Kluisbergen / annual participation in the International Furniture Fair in Brussels for N-Line International.
1972
renovation and interior design of ‘Pub’ for the Jupiler brewery at Oude Markt in Leuven (renovated) / interior design of the leather goods shop Xavanna in Antwerp (Borgerhout) / interior design of the sales office for the Nelca Carpet Factory in Brussels / stand for Expansie N.V. at the Trade Fair in Leuven
1972-1973
participated in the International Competition for Designers at the 3rd, 4th and 5th International Interior Design Biennales in Kortrijk / designed a series of living room tables using chrome-plated tubing and clear glass for his private collection.
1973
interior design of the Sportpaviljoen (a brasserie) for the municipality of Kessel-Lo (in collaboration with the architect Jo Heidbüchel) / interior design of the Van Horenbeek residence in Korbeek-Lo / interior design of the Auditorium Hi-Fi Studio 44 for the Van den Daele family in Dworp / designed PYRAMID TABLE and matching chair in dark brown lacquered wood with clear glass tabletop for his own furniture collection – put into production by Mirodan starting from the 1980s.
1974
designed storage furniture, dining table and fireplace for the Guffens-Ceuleers residence in Kessel-Lo / interior design of the Dubois residence in Grimbergen / interior design of the Verroken residence in Rogierlaan in Schaarbeek / designed the DUO dining table in varnished MDF and clear glass for his own furniture collection / designed the first ‘Stacking Furniture’, notably STACKING I and II in lacquered wood for his own furniture collection.
1975
interior design of the Van de Kerkhove residence in Doornik / interior design of the Grosjean-Kintaert residence in Grimbergen / interior design and layout of the showroom for the Nelca N.V. carpet factories in Lendelede / interior design of the Van den Daele residence in Dworp.
1976
interior design of the Maldeghem residence in Grimbergen / interior design of the Vervotte residence in Mechelen / interior design of the Simons residence in Korbeek-Lo / designed BUTTERFLY TABLE in lacquered wood for his own furniture collection.
1978
interior design of the Verbeeck residence in Dworp / received the Belgian Award for Industrial Design for the Capri collection, commissioned by N-Line International in Kluisbergen (Design Center, Brussels).
1979
interior design of the Vandendriessche residence in Grimbergen / interior design of the penthouse for the Hilgers family in Brussels / received a professional grant from the Ministry of Dutch Culture to advance his experiments with design / participated in the exhibition ‘Möbel aus Belgiën ab Henry van de Velde bis heute’ in the Museum Volk und Wirtschaft in Dusseldorf / designed the QUADRATE dining and/or meeting room table and accompanying chair in lacquered MDF and clear and partially sandblasted glass for his own furniture collection.
1980
designed the SWEET BELGIUM bar furniture in lacquered MDF, mirror, clear glass and slate for his own furniture collection / participated in the exhibition ‘Furniture from Belgium from Henry van de Velde to the Present’ in the Design Center in Brussels / participated in the exhibition ‘Design & Furniture post-1945’ during the 7th International Biennale for Interior Design 80 in Kortrijk.
1981
participated in the International Furniture Specialist Fair in Utrecht for Pirelli SACIC / participated in the exhibition ‘C+M 81’ during the 44th International Specialist Fair for Furniture Fair in Brussels for Pirelli SACIC and seating manufacturer Gervan / designed the Private Chapel for the Heilig Hart College in Tervuren / designed a series of tables and chairs for Belgo Chrom and Müsterring International.
1982
participated in the 8th International Biennale for Interior Design 82 in Kortrijk with furniture for the companies Belgo Chrom, Müsterring International and WK International / selected for the competition/exhibition ‘Belgian Furniture Sculpture 1982’ at the 45th International Specialist Fair for Furniture Fair in Brussels.
1983
became acquainted and commenced working together with Arlette Gesquière / participated in the exhibition ‘Flemish Furniture Designers Introduce Themselves’ in the Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam / participated in the International Panel Debate on the occasion of the exhibition ‘Flemish Furniture Designers Introduce Themselves’ in the Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam / participated in the 46th International Specialist Fair for Furniture Fair in Brussels with the Ambiente collection commissioned by Hedem-Team BVBA in Aalter / became a member of the Conseil Européen des Maîtres Meublier in France.
1984
co-founder and managing director of the Association of Flemish Designers [Vereniging van Vlaamse Ontwerpers vzw (VVVO)] / participated in the exhibition of the VVVO during the 9th International Biennale for Interior Design 84 in Kortrijk / opened a study center removed his office for interior and industrial design from Brussels in to Ghent / laureate award winner from the international competition Artistic Craft in Industrial Applications organised by the Benelux Economic Union, (Special Commission for Tradespeople) Design Center Brussels / interior designed of the Aerts residence in Grimbergen.
1985
participated in the International Furniture fair LINEA specialist fair in Ghent with the Ambiente collection commissioned by Hedem-Team BVBA in Aalter / participated in the 48th International Specialist Furniture Fair for Furniture in Brussels with the Ambiente collection for Hedem-Team BVBA / selected for the International Technology Fair in Tsukuba, Japan, European Community Pavilion (with the Ambiente collection for Hedem-Team BVBA) / became acquainted and commenced correspondence with the Baskisch sculptor Eduardo Chillida / designed the chair Homage to Mondriaan in lacquered wood.
1986
gained an honourable mention in the ‘LIGHT’ competition organised by the company Light in Brussels / participated in the VVVO exhibition during the 10th International Biennale for Interior Design in Kortrijk / exhibition in Gallery CD in Ghent during Initiatief 86 / furniture in world premiere at the Salone del Mobile Italiano in Milan for Sigma Furniture in Deinze / participated in the 10th International Biennale for Interior Design in Kortrijk with designs for Sigma Furniture in Deinze.
1986-1987
designed STACKING (bookrack) in lacquered MDF, chrome-plated tubing, melamine sheet or glass for his private own furniture collection / designed dining and/or meeting room table RECTOVERSO for Sigma Furniture in Deinze.
1987
designed NIGHTANDAY, table and storage unit in lacquered MDF and clear and partially sandblasted glass for his own furniture collection / participated in the VVVO exhibition in Museum Oud-Hospitaal in Aalst from 14 February to 1 March / designed Piled Piramids for the exhibition in Museum Oud-Hospitaal (not excecuted) / selected for the 3rd Internationaler Farb-Design-Preis 1986-87 in Stuttgart / participated in the exhibition for the 3rd Internationaler Farb-Design-Preis in the Design Center in Stuttgart from 10 to 29 March / participated in the International Art Fair 20th Century LINEART in Ghent with Gallery Carla Schot / participated in the exhibition ‘Made in Belgium’ in Brussels from 9 to 13 December / first solo exhibition in Gallery XXI in Antwerp from 5 August to 2 September.
1988
participated in the event ‘Architecture as a Neighbour’ [Architektuur als Buur] with Gallery Carla Schot in Ghent from 9 September to 30 October / designed STEPPED CHEST OF DRAWERS [TRAPKAST] in black-stained ash, melamine sheeting and black ribbed rubber for his private collection / One-man show during the International Art Fair 20th Century LINEART in Ghent with Gallery CD from 3 to 7 November / designed storage unit Indeed in varnished lacquered MDF and clear glass for his private own furniture collection / designed MILLIPEDE (chest of drawers) in black-stained ash, polished brass and mirror glass for his private own furniture collection / designed 3 Structural Compositions in black-stained ash and mirror glass for his own furniture collection / designed Tweezit or The impossibility of dialogue in solid beech for his own furniture collection.
1989
interior design of the Auvicom Showroom (Audio-Visual Communication Systems) Hi-Fi Studio 44 in Dworp for the Van den Daele family / designed TWELVE-DRAWER CABINET in black-stained ash and lacquered MDF for his own furniture collection.
1989-90
solo exhibition in Gallery Hugo Minnen in Dessel from 17 December 1989 to 4 February 1990.
1990
designed storage unit DINNER JACKET in natural MDF for his own furniture collection / a version in veneer was also produced by woodwork students from the VTI in Roeselare / designed the BOOKER PRIZE bookcase in MDF with a clear varnish.
1991
participated in the group exhibition ‘About Perception’ at Moving Space Gallery in Ghent from 11 May to 9 June (in collaboration with Gallery Vromans-De Sluis from Amsterdam) / participated in the group exhibition ‘Un Sentimento Italiano’ in the art bookshop Copyright in Ghent from 1 June to 21 July / designed the CHAIRS OF MULTIPLICATION / participated in the group exhibition ‘Artists from Belgium’ in Gallery Vromans-De Sluis in Amsterdam from 1 to 17 August / participated in the International Art Fair 20th Century LINEART in Ghent from 2 to 10 November with Moving Space Gallery Ghent / designed a series of tables FROM DUO TO OCTET.
1992
participated in the 18th Triennale di Milano for the Flemish Community (VIZO, Flemish Institute for the Self-Employed – Artistic Crafts Department) stand from 6 February to 3 May / solo exhibition in the Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam from 9 May to 7 June / received an incentive award from the Ministry of Flemish Culture / participated in the international competition for flooring organised by KROMMENIE.
1993-94
designed the modular storage unit SALUDO A EDUARDO CHILLIDA in MDF with zebrano and anegre veneers for his own furniture collection / designed dining or meeting room table HOMENAJE A EDUARDO CHILLIDA in MDF with veneers in Indian rosewood and maple for his own furniture collection.
1994
exhibition at the Veranneman Foundation in Kruishoutem from 5 March until 14 May / selected for the 14th Biennale of Industrial Design in Ljubljana (Slovenia) from 11 October to 11 November / solo exhibition at Delmi-Decor in Kortrijk from 15 October to 5 November / nominated for the VIZO Henry van de Velde Prize 1994 for Career / laureate of the VIZO Henry van de Velde Prize for Best Product for the table HOMENAJE A EDUARDO CHILLIDA / group exhibition consecutive to the award of the VIZO prizes in the Museum voor Sierkunst in Ghent from 21 December 1994 to 17 January 1995.
1994-95
designed HYMN HOMAGE TO ARCHITECTURE (bookcase) in MDF with Indian rosewood and maple veneers for his own furniture collection.
1995
received professional grant to continue experimental work in the field of furniture design from the Ministry of Flemish Culture (VIZO – Artistic Crafts Department) / was declared the most creative and innovative furniture designer in Flanders for the period 1980-1995 by the Ministry of Flemish Culture (VIZO – Artistic Crafts Department) / selected (as a figurehead) for the Triennial for Design in Flanders in the Museum voor Sierkunst en Vormgeving [Museum for the Decorative Arts and Design] in Ghent from 30 November 1995 to 3 March 1996 / designed the modular storage unit CONTAINER in MDF with Indian rosewood and maple veneer, solid beech and conveyor wheels for his private collection
1996
participant and display designer of the Vlaamse Sier [Flemish Decoration] Exhibition in the Flemish Cultural Centre De Brakke Grond in Amsterdam from 19 April to 2 June / solo exhibition in Gallery Langenberg in Amsterdam from 21 April to 26 May / laureate bronze award winner from the 3rd International Furniture Design Competition Asahikawa ’96 Design with Love, Life with Wood (Japan) / participated in the exhibition ‘Design with Love, Life with Wood’ in the Taisetsu Arena Hall in Asahikawa (Japan) from 4 to 7 July / participated in the exhibition ‘Design with Love, Life with Wood’ in the Living Design Center OZONE in Tokyo (Japan) from 17 to 29 October / selected for the exhibition ‘The Tables of the 20th Century’ organised on the occasion of the 15th International Biennale for Interior Design Kortrijk from 18 to 27 October.
1997
participant in the exhibition ‘(E)MOTION, Moving Space Gallery 10 years’ at the Moving Space Gallery in Ghent from 23 February to 6 April / participant in the exhibition ‘Furniture Design in Flanders’ organised by Studiecentrum van het Vlaamse Meubel vzw at the Clothmakers’ Hall [De Lakenhallen] in Ieper from 17 May to 8 June / selected for the exhibition ‘Bullet-Proof Forms – Jewels and Furniture from Flanders’ in the Museum voor Sierkunst en Vormgeving in Ghent from 21 June to 17 August / selected for the exhibition ‘Abitare il Tempo’ in Verona (Italy) from 11 to 13 October / participated in the exhibition ‘Bullet-Proof Forms: joies i mobles de Flandes’ at the Palau Marc in Barcelona (Spain) from 26 September to 12 October / participated in the exhibition ‘Contemporary Design from Belgium’ during the Brussels International Furniture Fair from 2 to 6 November / participated in the Jaak Fontier Anniversary Exhibition in the hall of the Bruges Town Hall from 23 December to 8 January 1998.
1998
nominated for the 1st European Prize for Contemporary Art and Design-Led Crafts 1998 organised by the World Crafts Council Europe (WCC) / design and production of an extended version of the storage unit SALUDO EDUARDO by final-year students in woodwork at the Vrij Technisch Instituut (VTI) in Roeselare / presentation of the book ‘De Ongemakkelijkheid van André Verroken’ by Geert Bekaert and the table HOMENAJE A EDUARDO CHILLIDA II at gallery De Zwarte Panter in Antwerp on 12 June / participated in the exhibition organised within the context of the 1st European Prize for Contemporary Art and Design-led Crafts 1998 at Palais Harrach in Vienna from 21 September to 18 October / designed and produced the dining and/or meeting room table Homenaje A Eduardo Chillida II in MDF with maple and Indian rosewood veneer / designed and produced the SMAK Meeting Room Table for the Stedelijk Museum Actuele Kunst in Ghent in MDF with maple and Indian rosewood veneer.
1999
participated in the exhibition organised by the WCC in the Röhsska Museum, Vasagatan, Gothenburg (Sweden) from 13 April to 16 May, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 28 May to 20 June and at the gallery of the VIZO in Brussels from 2 July to 22 August / designed and produced UNE TABLE PEUT EN CACHER UNE AUTRE in solid ash and MDF with ash veneer / laureate from the Prize of the Municipality of Mechelen for Design for THE CHAIRS OF MULTIPLICATION / designed Ik dacht aan een tafel voor altijd…(I was thinking of a table for ever…), dining table in solid beech and MDF clear varnished.
2000
designed THE TABLES OF MULTIPLICATION / designed THE CABINETS OF MULTIPLICATION / retrospective exhibition (a selection) at the gallery of the VIZO in Brussels on the occasion of the presentation of the booklet ‘André Verroken, Meubelen die hun eigen wereld scheppen, sterk in zichzelf’, published by Stichting Kunstboek, from 25 June to 12 December / selected for the exhibition ‘In and Out’ at the gallery of the VIZO in Brussels from 7 June to 2 August / designed the storage unit SAUDADE / designed Katheder (pulpit) for De Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen (the Province of Flanders).
2001
retrospective exhibition (a selection) at the socio-cultural centre ’t Elzenveld in Antwerp (together with Gilbert Swimberghe) from 31 March to 13 May / exhibition at Refuge De Rame in Oudenaarde in connection with the event VERSUS (Oudenaarde Contemporary Art Project) / exhibition at the Brangwyn Museum (Arentshuis) in Bruges in connection with the Kunstcircuit.
2002
exhibition ‘André Verroken meets Marcel-Henri Verdren’ at the Hall Annex IN VITRO in Eeklo from 19 April to 19 May / selected for the event European Way(s) of Life organised by the Société des Artistes Décorateurs (SAD) at the Grand Palais in Paris from 4 to 12 May / selected for the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne from 16 to 24 November / received the Henry van de Velde Prize 2002 for a career (extended by the VIZO) / exhibition at the gallery of the VIZO on the occasion of the Henry van de Velde Prizes for 2002 from 13 December 2002 to 26 January 2003.
2003
participated in the group exhibition at the Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul (Korea) from 4 to 6 December.
2004
selected for the Fourth Triennial for Design ‘(Im)perfect by Design’ at the Museum voor Kunst en Geschiedenis in Brussels from 3 December 2004 to 27 February 2005 / participated in the Biennale for Interior Design in Kortrijk at the invitation of Potteau Interiors in Marke-Kortrijk / designed the experimental range of furniture PORTAFO / production of the first prototypes for PORTAFO by final-year students at the VTI (Vlaams Technisch Instituut) in Roeselare.
2005-2006
publication of the monograph ‘André Verroken’ by publishers LUDION, Ghent-Amsterdam / selected for the exhibition ‘Over Mensen en Dingen’ at Z33 in Hasselt from 9 September 2005 to 15 January 2006 / selected for the exhibition ‘Label-design.be-Design in Belgium after 2000’ at Hornu-Images, Grand Hornu from 16 October 2005 to 16 February 2006 / selected for the exhibition ‘Design De Flandre’ at the Centre de design de Montréal (Canada) organized by l’UQAM from 14 September to 22 October 2006 / nominated for the ‘Platin-Moretusprijs 2006’ for the monograph ‘André Verroken’.
2007-2008
selected for the exhibition ‘Bonjour Voisin’ at the WCC°BF (World Crafts Council Belgique Francophone) in Mons from 11 May to 27 june / participated in the exhibition ‘CONFESSIONES’ Eduardo Chillida / André Verroken at the ‘landcommanderij Alden Biezen, Bilzen and ‘Kunstgalerij De Mijlpaal’ Heusden-Zolder from 7 October to 9 December / selected for the 5th Design Triennal
‘Beauty Singular < Plural at the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels from 14 December 2007 to 2 February 2008
2009-2010
participated in the group exhibition ‘VORMGEVERS@WORK 2009’ Cultural Centre ZEBRASTRAAT Gent from 13 to 29 November 2009 / participated in the retrospective exhibition ‘Siegfried De Buck 60’ in the Designmuseum Gent from 31 October 2009 to 7 February 2010 / june2010
opening of the new gallery ‘STUDIO VERROKEN’ with the exhibition ‘TRIANGLES’ Droesbekeplein 4 in Oudenaarde.