After a career of more than 25 years in the lighting business as a lighting architect, Koen van Guijze decided to create his own lighting designs. This resulted in a brutalist yet contemporary collection of basics for walls, ceilings and floor lamps.
The collection Sofisticato was born and immediately added to the portfolio of the company Serax.
At the moment Koen van Guijze is creating new lighting designs that are more one-of-a-kind items for site-specific projects and as collectible design which has been presented at the renowned platforms Collectible and Contemporary Design Market Brussels.
Koen Van Guijze: “I have been running my own lighting business for years, but there is still so much creativity longing to express. It has nested in this lighting collection. And that… is just the beginning.” He prefers ‘authentic’ materials such as steel, brass, concrete, cork, ceramics, sand and paper. His style is a mixture of brutalism and sophisticated details. Or as he himself says: “There is poetry in everything I design.”
1996 – Foundation of Accessori Lighting Antwerp (studio for architectural lighting)
2018 – Designer for SERAX ; collections Essentials and Sofisticato bespoke lighting collaborations with VandenWeghe, Serax, ModernShapes, Piet Boon, Sergio Herman, ‘t Zilte, U.eat.sleep hotel