Jan des Bouvrie

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Jan des Bouvrie.

Jan des Bouvrie (born August 3, 1942 in Naarden) is a famous Dutch architect, interior & product designer. His own vision on design was developed at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, where he started his professional career. With his unique and progressive ideas the young Des Bouvrie has made a huge impact on the design world. His vision was further developed by working with several manufacturers, including Linteloo, Dutch Originals and Gelderland. The latter, in 1969, was the first to produce a design of Des Bouvrie's; the kubusbank sofa, which is now recognised as a design classic. The Shell collection has been specifically created for FueraDentro by Jan des Bouvrie, and is the first time that he has designed a collection of outdoor furniture (up until this time, he had designed lighting, wallpaper, window decorations and furniture).

In 1993 Des Bouvrie moved his design studio to Bussum Naarden-Vesting. Together with his partner, Monique, he transformed the iconic 'Het Arsenaal' building into a leading interior design institute of unprecedented influence in the field of interior architecture and product development.

Des Bouvrie not only creates furniture with attractive looks; his design ethos ensures that they are very comfortable too. Over the years, Jan des Bouvrie's designs have won many awards and distinctions, including the Culture Prize of 1974, the Style Prize in 1990 and the Furniture Prize in 1999. Des Bouvrie's vision is also clearly reflected in the numerous interior design books he has published.

Jan des Bouvrie is also active as a distinguished lecturer at various design academies, as well as having design college being named after him (Jan des Bouvrie Academy, based in Deventer).

Life and work[edit]

After he finished high school, he went to the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam at the age of sixteen. He later started his own interior design shop in Naarden, The Netherlands, and hosted the TV show TV Woonmagazine. He designed the rooms in the Floris Suite Hotel to "Dutch colonial style with Caribbean temperament".[1]

Descendance and Relatives[edit]

In the Dutch television show Verborgen Verleden (Dutch edition of Who Do You Think You Are?), Jan des Bouvrie researches his paternal family line and he finds that his male line go back to the line of the De le Bouvrie family, descending from a family living on a small farm in Sainghin-en-Mélantois, where Jehan de le Bouvrie (né abt. 1480) his widow, Jeanne de la Motte, inherited a farm with four cows and two horses in 1543.[2] A grandson of Jehan, merchant Lawrence de Bouverie, born in Saingin en Mélantois, moved from Flanders to Great Britain, where his descendant, William des Bouverie, bought Longford Castle in 1717. In the episode, Jan des Bouvrie tries to visit the castle, because he is eager to meet the 9th Earl of Radnor. Jan assumes they could have a great connection, because both are art collectors. The Earl did not open the gate.

Personal life[edit]

His wife is interior designer Monique des Bouvrie,[3] with whom he has two children - Bo des Bouvrie and Jan Jr. des Bouvrie. He has two older children from a previous marriage, and several grandchildren.[4]

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