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About Jonas Willems : Form and function. Sit and chat. Dine and fall in love. Talk. Share drinks with friends. Feast. Picnic. Read. Rest. Work. Think and dream. Rejoice. When there’s a spark… A match made in heaven. Really. VONK Furniture is a dream come true for Jonas Willems and Nathalie Van Lier. Willems has always been a true admirer of fine arts and a devoted ‘performing artist’ (drummer turned sculptor-designer) who at one point in his life decided to pursue his dream to become a full time interior and exterior designer. After founding JOS+ he set out on a quest to design durable & contemporary outdoor furniture. It took five years in the making, but in 2012 Willems launched VONK – the outsider, a sturdy yet subtly designed picnic table, fit for every season. Nathalie Van Lier – Mrs. Jonas Willems – decided to join VONK Furniture in 2014, adding her organising skills, knowhow and a dash of creative vigour. In 2015 VONK Furniture will launch both a line of exterior and interior furniture. ….there is VONK Prospection. Trial. Error. Design and redesign. Ideas, passion and idealism… If you add up all this you get VONK, a new trademark that wants to reinvent outdoor furniture. When asked why, Willems has a very clear answer: “I am a passionate off trail cyclist. I often explore desolate areas. While cycling through industrial zones I often found old and worn picnic tables, shabby and wobbly. Ready to end up in a stove. A pity, really, and an undervaluation of the product. I gave it some thought, and decided to reinvent this classic piece of furniture and focus on design and durability. A good design has three elements. A strong form (idea), the right material for the right purpose (technically), and an emotional appeal (look and feel). A well made product should survive for generations so it can be passed on. “ Willems did not launch VONK – the outsider overnight. After years of experimenting and fine tuning Willems designed his first table. “Galvanized steel and the hard wood afrormosia became the foundation of the VONK.FURNITURE collection.” Instigated by that thought VONK took on a quest to develop a table that would unify timeless class, durability and design and would become an everlasting icon in your garden, for years to come. When there’s a spark… A match made in heaven. Really. VONK Furniture is a dream come true for Jonas Willems and Nathalie Van Lier. Willems has always been a true admirer of fine arts and a devoted ‘performing artist’ (drummer turned sculptor-designer) who at one point in his life decided to pursue his dream to become a full time interior and exterior designer. After founding JOS+ he set out on a quest to design durable & contemporary outdoor furniture. It took five years in the making, but in 2012 Willems launched VONK – the outsider, a sturdy yet subtly designed picnic table, fit for every season. Nathalie Van Lier – Mrs. Jonas Willems – decided to join VONK Furniture in 2014, adding her organising skills, knowhow and a dash of creative vigour. In 2015 VONK Furniture will launch both a line of exterior and interior furniture.
STATEMENT OF ART:
A good design has three elements. A strong form (idea), the right material for the right purpose (technically), and an emotional appeal (look and feel). A well made product should survive for generations so it can be passed on.
I hope my designs are the memory magnets for all kinds of people, adding value to our daily lives.

ORGANIZATION:
JOS+ bvba / Vonk.furniture

EDUCATION:
2002-2004, Interior design, Luca school of arts, Gent
2000-2003, woodworking techniques, Lokeren
1996-1999, Performing artist - drummer, Jazz Studio, Antwerp
1987 Secondary school UK, American Community School, London

EXPERIENCE:
1994 - 1996 Finishing secondary sports grade, interior decorator for surf related brands.
1996 - 1999 Exploring the event business as a production assistant for dance and marketing agency Funco.
1999 - 2002 General woodworking assistant.
2005 - 2007 Comm-In employee Ikea Ternat
2005 - Starting my company part time to full time in 2008, VONK is born here!
2010 - JOS+ bvba

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
dutch(native), Englisch (near native), French (Advanced)

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Vectorworks,Photoshop,Illustrator, Indesign, Autocad, sketchup

HOBBIES:
Ski, Surf, Running, Biking

CLIENTELE:
ING Belgium, Bleau - Biover Blaarmeersen.

WEB SITE:
www.vonk.furniture

REGISTRATION DATE:
2015-02-28 20:06:34

COUNTRY:
Belgium

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Jonas Willems


Vonk Fuse Picknicktable

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category in 2014
Jonas Willems for Vonk

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