Anna Ebbesen has been with Kvadrat since 2011. In June 2018 she has moved into the role as Design Director Sahco and Head of Design Consumers. Since 2012 she has closely collaborated with Raf Simons and been the driving force behind the development of the very successful Kvadrat/Raf Simon collection.
With a Masters Degree in Textile Design from Kolding Designskole in 2011, Anna Vilhelmine Ebbesen started her career as Design Coordinator in the Product Development department in Kvadrat the same year.
As Design Director Sahco and Head of Design Consumers at Kvadrat, Anna Ebbesen is responsible for developing new textiles and accessories for the private home in close collaboration with external designers and manufacturers.
Inspired by art and fashion, she has a profound insight in the development of yarns and textiles, which transpires in her approach to colour, textures and materials.
Together with fashion designer Raf Simons, she has been responsible for the product development of the coveted Kvadrat/Raf Simons line. She has a contemporary approach with an eye for elegant and timeless design.
Vincent van Duysen was born 1962 in Lokeren, Belgium. He attended architecture school at the Architecture Institute Saint-Lucas in Ghent and founded his design studio in Antwerp in 1990.
A strong relationship exists between Van Duysen’s designs and his architectural projects – he chooses to develop furniture and objects from an architectural perspective – creating spatial relations rather than shapes. A rescaled interpretation of his architectural work, Van Duysen creates pieces that provide a sense of purity and essentialism, yet remaining tactile and grounded.
Subsequently, many of the designs refer to essential forms, tradition or well-known masterpieces, which Van Duysen redefines through a contemporary lens. A balance of form and proportion – without omitting durability, function, and comfort – is critical to the design process.
The use of pure and tactile materials results in a clear and timeless design. An architectural language, which is not shy of aesthetics, but resists fashion and trends. Van Duysen embraces these emotional aspects to celebrate ‘the art of living’.
‘Starting as a young architect, one of the first fabric brands I used for my interior projects was Sahco. I remember very well using some textiles made of beautiful dyed wool for the customized furniture I designed at the time.
I always had a deep affinity to fabrics, which comes from the deep textile tradition we have here in Flanders, but it is also due to the fact that my father was involved in a textile business. I use a lot of natural, tactile and warm materials in my projects, that’s the reason why fabrics play a very dominant role in my work.
It is a great honour to have been appointed as Art Director for a brand like Sahco under the supervision of Kvadrat. I am excited to continue developing the legacy of the Sahco brand and its product lines.’ Vincent van Duysen
Coincidence took a hand in the matter. As Ulf Moritz registered at the Textile Engineering School in Krefeld in 1957 he really wanted to study fashion design – and accidentally ended up learning under Professor Muche really, the former manager of the weaving mill at Dessau Bauhaus. Ulf Moritz was fascinated from the first moment on. He learnt 'Unity of art and technology'- a demand which Walter Gropius at Bauhaus had declared the highest maxim.
Gropius was formative for Ulf Moritz. After completing his studies with Muche with a stay at a Swiss fabric manufacturer and the Dutch weaving mill, the free thinker chose Amsterdam as his adopted home. He opened his own design studio there in 1970. Moritz is an all-rounder. He designs carpets, furniture, avant-garde wallcoverings and china.
Numerous awards and international prizes add to this. Ulf Moritz was one of the few designers working in the Netherlands to be awarded with the 'Honorary Royal Designer for Industry' in 2004. As Professor for Textile Design at the Design Academy in Eindhoven the virtuoso ensures that future generations also learn to interpret fabrics in a new way.