Alain Van Havre
Alain van Havre works fulltime for Ethnicraft as in-house designer. The complexity of things has always intrigued him, which led him to study product development at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
To him, all design embodies the same duality: the aim is to create a timeless product, yet with a hint to the specific moment in which it is made. We are always influenced by the past; however, it is up to us to find the right balance between past and present.
Alain, who is a friend of Philippe Delaisse and Benoit Loos, started working at Ethnicraft in 1999 - first in Operations in Ethnicraft Azur in Aixen- Provence and since 6 years in product development. It was a perfect match, especially since he considers wood as a continuously evolving material, where boundaries are pushed further every day, creating endlessly new challenges.