United Nations



Sep Verboom

A Livable Platform intervention for United Nations Global Call Out To Creatives - to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Well-distance-being means we should avoid physical interactions and spend more time over alternative solutions. If we do need to get out in the physical world, keep your distance and connect with positive vibrations surrounding you.

It is not about being cold and distant. It is about being warm and present to what is best for everyone in the picture. The risk of infecting others is not the way to help.

We created a physical reference to the meaning of a healthy distance, interpreted both in the physical and spiritual world. Made by bending, weaving and shaping warm rattan materials, a non-timber alternative.

Model & styling Florentien Pletinckx Photography Karen Eloot & Pieter Vanoverberghe.

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.