Born in 1983 in Eindhoven, NL Roy Verbakel succesfully obtained his degree as an industrial and product designer at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2012. Roy Verbakel lived and worked in the Netherlands and moved to Belgium recently.
Poetics & science
Poetry moves and science evolves. Those two principles are closely combined in Roy Verbakel's work. He starts from a thorough scientific research which he valorizes in several design theses that can be influenced by a certain product or service. These different facets highlight the poetic meaning behind the primary function of things.
A history of revalidation challenged him to find innovative solutions to influence certain behavioral patterns. Getting out of balance by personal events got translated into products that find a perfect balance in its execution and that manage a function of auto therapy.
Roy Verbakel's work focuses on human relationships in a macro and micro perspective. He tends to start from a personal challenge or dilemma and obtains solutions for a larger framework. His designs touch the relationship between a product and its user and the position of the user in its environment. Combining nostalgics with innovation, his work attempts to move the user and makes the usage of the product more individual.
Each design needs its own process, but there are some general aspects that characterize Roy Verbakel’s work. He tends to see himself as an influencer in a large network of players consisting of universities, research institutes, craftsmen, producers, etc.
He himself is influenced by several architects, artists and writers: Jorge Louis Borges, Tadeo Ando, Anish Kapoor, Martin Margiela, James Turell, Dan Graham, Guiseppe Penone.
Inspired by dreams, labyrinths, libraries, mirrors, fiction, science, philosophy and the Renaissance, he develops his products in a conscience and a contemporary way.
"Form follows function, emotions follow form…"
Upali Nanda research article. Intelligent Buildings International, 2013.
"It's time for a new humanism in design.
A humanistic approach in which not only does form follow basic function, but extends this function by interacting with psychological and bodily processes in a way that is adaptive to,
and enriched by, the environment.”