Live conversation with Lensvelt founder Hans Lensvelt kicks off Virtual Design Festival collaboration

VDF teamed up with Lensvelt for a series of live talks exploring the furniture brand's collaborations with designers Maarten Baas, Joep van Lieshout and Fabio Novembre. To kick off the collaboration, Lensvelt founder Hans Lensvelt introduced the brand in a live Screentime conversation.

Lensvelt's founder spoke about the history of the Dutch furniture brand and its products with Dezeen's founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs.

Founded in 1962 by his father, Lensvelt took the reins of the brand in 1985 and has since facilitated its extensive product line of home and office furnishings.

Live conversation with Lensvelt founder Hans Lensvelt kicks off Virtual Design Festival collaboration
The founder of Dutch furniture brand Lensvelt, Hans Lensvelt, spoke to Dezeen in live Screentime conversation as part of Virtual Design Festival

The brand frequently collaborates with a roster of Dutch designers for their products, including Marcel Wanders, Piet Hein Eek and Richard Hutton, who designed a range of stackable chairs and barstools for the brand.

Lensvelt has also previously released a collection of intentionally boring office furniture, designed in an effort to encourage a greater balance between work and play.

The talk was part of our wider collaboration with Lensvelt for Virtual Design Festival which included three Screentime interviews with designers Maarten Baas, Joep van Lieshout and Fabio Novembre, all of which have designed products for the brand.

Live conversation with Lensvelt founder Hans Lensvelt kicks off Virtual Design Festival collaboration
The talk is part of a wider collaboration with the brand for Virtual Design Festival, which included talks with designers Maarten Baas, Joep van Lieshout and Fabio Novembre

Baas designed a family of upholstered chairs for Lensvelt in 2019, which featured irregular shaped back rests. The chair will be included in the VDF products fair as part of the VDF x Lensvelt collaboration

Van Lieshout has designed a variety of products for the brand, including a sofa system with sliding backrests entitled the AVL Glyder.

Also being published in the VDF products fair is a range designed for the brand by Novembre entitled New Balance, which comprises a sofa system and armchairs that are designed to look askew.

About Virtual Design Festival

Virtual Design Festival runs from 15 April to 10 July 2020. It brings the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond to extraordinary circumstances.

To find out what's coming up at VDF, check out the schedule. For more information or to join the mailing list, email vdf@dezeen.com