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dirk wynants
By Ashleigh VanHouten
Photography courtesy of Extremis

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1. On the rooftop
terrace of the MAS
museum in Antwerp,
Wynants’ Hopper table
offers a shaded perch.

2. The Marina picnic
table is a simple and
functional design that
can be specified up to
300 feet long.

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LIFE’S A PICNIC
Fun, functional designs

Belgian designer Dirk Wynants is adamant
that he doesn’t have, or aim to achieve, a
particular look with his furniture pieces:
“My signature is not recognizable from the
aesthetic side, as this is never my starting
point. Good design, in my opinion, should
answer to a lot of other things: innovation
with a reason for existence, human-centered
functionality, ecology, economy, and
durability in all its meanings.”
Wynants, based in West Flanders,
studied interior architecture and furniture
design at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture
in Ghent, and today, as founder of Extremis,
his functional pieces appear in more than
80 countries in such high-profile projects as
the Biergarten at the Standard hotel in New

York and the entrance of its sister hotel in
Miami; Yotel in New York; W South Beach;
and the Tate Modern art gallery in London.
One of his most memorable projects:
the Standard New York, where his vibrant
yellow picnic tables guide guests to the
hotel’s entrance. “There is no other project I
received so many pictures of afterwards, and
so many people have discovered our stuff
there,” Wynants says.
On the horizon is a digital piano for
hotel lobbies called S.A.M.; the prototype
is done and he’s looking for a producer.
This uniquely modern piece has “the most
important functionality of the classic grand
piano: to bring people together around it.”
And despite design being, as he says, “a

complex process,” his newest product, the
outdoor Marina picnic table, is a show of
simplicity. Developed in collaboration with
Bruno Fattorini & Partners, it boasts a clean
design that can be created in virtually any
size—even up to 300 feet.
The idea that designers live and breathe
their work is no more apparent than with
Wynants. He says his favorite hospitality
space is “my own house. We have four
guestrooms, a huge kitchen as the center,
lots of outdoor space, and terraces. I’ve made
it my own hotel.” hd
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - January/February 2013

Hospitality Design - January/February 2013
Contents
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
People
Sketchbook
Interview: Jay Pecotte
5 Questions for Harry Apostolides
Profile: Dirk Wynants
Trends: Door Handles
Furniture
Lighting
Textiles
Places to Watch
Mama Shelter Marseille
L’and Vineyards Hotel
The Fish Shack
Hotel Topazz
Ad Index
Back Space
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Intro
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Contents
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Online TOC
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - From the Editor
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - From the Show Director
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - People
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 33
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - People
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Sketchbook
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 42
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 43
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 44
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 45
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 46
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Interview: Jay Pecotte
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 48
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 49
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 5 Questions for Harry Apostolides
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 51
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 52
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 53
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 54
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Profile: Dirk Wynants
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 56
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Trends: Door Handles
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 58
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Furniture
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 60
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 61
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 62
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Lighting
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 64
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 65
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 66
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Textiles
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 68
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 69
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 70
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Places to Watch
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Mama Shelter Marseille
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 86
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 87
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - L’and Vineyards Hotel
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 90
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 91
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - The Fish Shack
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 93
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Hotel Topazz
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - 101
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Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Ad Index
Hospitality Design - January/February 2013 - Back Space
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