Johan Van Hengel is a Dutch designer, based in Rotterdam. With a technical background in industrial design, he worked on both consumer electronics and furniture before launching his own studio in 2013, focused on furniture, lighting and living accessories.
On His Design Philosophy
“I have a logical and investigative approach, driven by a desire to enrich everyday objects with new layers of sophistication, individuality, and meaning. With a focus on function, materiality, and technique, I try to invest everyday shapes and objects with a subtle element of surprise.”
On Scandinavian Design
“For me, it is a modern interpretation of a design philosophy that is deeply rooted in Scandinavia, with a strong focus on material, function, and simplicity. Scandinavian design is concerned with creating useful products for everyday life with enduring aesthetics and honest expressions that are consciously designed and produced. The designs seek to be relevant for our current time and remain open towards new influences.”