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Sep Verboom

Vol+Maakt is a social-economic co-creation project that seeks a long-term collaboration between the social and regular economy.  A unique collection of design objects created in a spirit of mutual respect, complementary skills and a shared love for natural materials.

Livable worked with the stonemasons of Compaan to find the balance between artisanal and economical inclusion. One of the result was a collection of bookends, where each type of stone has a specific way of finishing.

We also introduced the 'Bread slicing' technique; a column of stone is handshaped and finished, afterward this column is machinal cutted into slices. This way we preserved the artisanal touch and an economical feasable 'serial' product.

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Volmaakt builds an inclusive world through the power of design. The Ghent design label connects designers and tailor-made companies and develops social and sustainable design products.

Passions, skills and the common pursuit of beauty and perfection come together in the design collections. The collaboration between designer and bespoke company is a win-win situation in which the potential and expectations of both partners are considered equal.

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Sep Verboom

The Belgian creative Sep Verboom (1990) is at once designer and social entrepreneur, less concerned with the objectification of the result, more with the context in which it takes place.

‘Too often we measure success and profit in terms of economic values. What happened to the importance of people’s well-being and health of our environment?’

Through his Livable® platform, Verboom brings together partners as diverse as their geographies: from the Peruvian Amazon to Indonesia, and from local governments or commercial companies to NGO’s.

Verboom graduated with a degree in Industrial Design (HOWEST) and in Sustainable Development from (VIVES) both in Kortrijk (BE).

His collaborative approach has been internationally recognised, with numerous expositions and awards. In 2018 Sep Verboom won the Belgian Henry Van De Velde Award for Young Talent. In 2020 his commitment to socially engaged design earned him the prestigious title ‘Designer of the Year’ by Biennale Interieur.