- Art & Design
Nathalie Deboel presents her first furniture collection, 'Nomad'. She was inspired by the nomadic use of wooden sticks that these people carry with them to create a shelter and temporary furniture. These wooden elements bring the furniture back to its purest form.
After studying interior architecture, Deboel's interest was mainly based on the human aspect inside a warm home. Thanks to her psychological insight, she turns a home into almost a portrait of its owners. Deboel used the lockdown period in 2020 to design her first furniture collection. This period of pause and reflection offered Deboel the time and space to think about her way of life, the layout of a home, but also the necessity of furniture and the essence of the pieces. Thanks to her in-depth study of nomadic customs and the wooden sticks they always carry with them, the concept of the round wooden stick soon became the basic element of the collection. The name 'Nomad' refers to the nomads, a travelling population group. Simplicity in design and in choice of materials together with the connections of nomads immediately became the leitmotif of the collection. As with her interiors, Nathalie Deboel also strives for rusticity and balance in her furniture collection, while she herself is constantly on the move. The collection is also an ode to the simplicity and craftsmanship of local artisans. Each piece in the collection is in fact crafted in a Belgian workshop in solid oak or walnut with subtle details in brass. All joints between the wooden elements are worked in such a way that no screws or bolts are needed. Instead, the designs in various diameters are composed of planes and posts in wood that simply fit together. In addition to the standard version, the furniture can also be made to measure. The furniture itself can be disassembled and reassembled, so it can travel anywhere with its owner.
Each piece in the collection is in fact crafted in a Belgian workshop.
A sustainable collection, because in this modern age you can't help but take the environment into account. Deboel is also convinced that we should act as environmentally conscious as possible and respect nature and our surroundings. For several years now, her entire team has been working hard to incorporate natural and ecological materials into her projects. Think of materials such as wood, loam, terracotta, clay, flax, or lime. The advantage of these materials is that they age much better and evolve with the house. Deboel also has a great admiration for the visible traces of craftsmanship. Thanks to its use of natural materials and colours, her collection offers a modern and minimalist style that exudes imperfect peace and tranquillity.
With the Nomad Collection, Nathalie Deboel has introduced her first collection of her own furniture to the public. The natural materials and sustainable philosophy make the pieces last in any interior. We are curious which potential collections will follow these rustic pieces in the future. If you want to learn more about the Nomad collection, be sure to read our full article in Imagicasa Summer 2021.
Photography by Cafeine