- Brand:Van Rossum
- Designer:Christophe Delcourt
- Production:Made to Order
- Customizable Finish:Available
- Customizable Size:N/A
- Customizable Upholstery:Available
- Product Certificates:CAL117
- Sustainable Certificates:FSC Certified Wood
At Van Rossum, they owe their extensive knowledge of oak to a special close relationship with their French supplier. The people who work there go into the forest every day. They know every tree and as a result, they know exactly what is being sold at the auctions held by the French National Forestry Services. Some 5 -10 years after planting young saplings, the National Forestry Service selects the stronger trees that will be allowed to mature. An interim selection is made 20 years later, and the final selection follows after another 30 years. The trees that eventually remain are free to grow to an age of about 100 years before literally facing the axe. It is a time consuming process, whereby man creates the optimum growing conditions for a tree, but nature sets the pace.
The oak timber that has been purchased is not transported to the Netherlands immediately. It is left to dry and rest in a sawmill before being cut. Depending on the thickness of the planks, it can take up to 4 years before the timber is eventually loaded for transport.
French-born Christophe Delcourt graduated from Paris’ Cours Florent in 1988 and studied at the Theatre Ecole du Passage in 1989. Committed to designing furniture and objects, Delcourt opened his first studio in the Marais area of Paris in 1998.
Since then, he has designed for restaurants, hotels and boutiques and has exhibited furniture and lamps at Joyce Gallery in Paris. Over the past decade, his Paris-based firm has produced some of the most coveted and influential furniture of the new millennium.
Each piece bearing the Delcourt Collection stamp stands as testament to the integral relationship between the designer’s hand and the one of the craftsman: a French excellency which favors discretion over ostentatious effects, but has none the less become a true signature. Without ever relying on artifice, the hand lets the material speak. It tames its apparent rigor only to reveal its softness, the freedom, and versatility it offers, while preserving its unique character.