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Objects of desire: Stephan De Roeck

Objects of desire: Stephan De Roeck


Pictured above: the Dezza lounge range, 1965, Gio Ponti for Poltrona Frau

This article originally appeared in inside 92 – available now on newsstands, or digitally through Zinio.

A design specialist extraordinaire, De Roeck has spent the last 10 years creating bespoke tours of interior design and architecture for design professionals. With clients from all over the world, he creates highly specialised tours that focus on particular details, whether that be hospitality, retail, residential, commercial or as an insight into emerging trends.

Multilingual, with French, German, Spanish, English and Dutch languages at hand, De Roeck has moved his practice base over the years from Tokyo to London and now Hong Kong via Berlin; however, his tours are conducted all over the world whether for groups, such as the September tour of Scandinavian Design coordinated by Odyssey Travel (Sydney) or one-on-one specialised engagements.

01 | Erased Heritage

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Jan Kath single-handedly revolutionised the traditional Oriental rug space. The Erased Heritage collection actually revives the Oriental rug and makes it attractive again for the contemporary design-conscious consumer who may have grown weary of buying the same objects that were found in their parents’ home. Kath’s creations also make cool wall hangings.

02 | Satellite Series 28, Bocci

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When I discovered the Satellite Series of Bocci, I used it frequently in interior design projects, as it allows endless personalised combinations. Because of the coloured glass baubles’ blown aspect, it also brings something warm and semi-handmade into the present designer’s lighting offerings, which are often a little cold and industrial.

03 | Dornbracht CL.1 Bathroom Fittings Series

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I am somewhat of a Dornbracht fan and the way the company considers itself not merely as a tap manufacturer, but a supplier of aquatic experiences to exalt our frequent routine daily passages through the bathroom and kitchen.

04 | Mirage Vase by Göran Wärff for Kosta Boda


I find this particularly interesting because it presents a tension between its Viking-like chunkiness in the shape, contrasting with a sophisticated, refined colour scheme.

05 | Dezza Armchair, 1965, Gio Ponti for Poltrona Frau

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I am so pleased Poltrona Frau continues to produce this 60s design armchair. It is so compact, comfortable, light and playful, and easy to fit in as an addition to an existing seating landscape.


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