Bart Coolen (1963) studied Industrial Design & Product Development at Limburg Catholic University College and graduated with a master’s degree in Product Design. He is also a member of the jury at the IKO art academy in Hoogstraten.
He also has a passion for photography and has a good eye for upcoming talent. A skill he uses to guide young designers starting out at Mintjens Group.
Bart has worked at Mintjens for 30 years and is chief designer.
Gust Koyen (1965) studied woodwork at VITO in Hoogstraten. A specialist in period furniture, he also has a passion for sculpture.
Gust started out as a fitter at Mintjens Group in 1986. After working his way up the career ladder, he was eventually promoted to house designer in the R&D department in 2013.
Gust has quite a lot of MMooD designs to his name: Wings, Wings Special Edition, 4 Seconds and 4 Seconds Studio.
Bob Vanden Berghe
Before joining Mintjens, Bob Vanden Berghe worked for family business Vanden Berghe-Pauvers for many years. A Ghent-based furniture studio, known, among other things, for its collaborations with many famous designers and architects.
The company was in business for nine generations. Or 270 years of furniture making passed down from father to son. The Cirkante is without a doubt the best known and most publicised piece of furniture made by the Vanden Berghe-Pauvers company.
The family business closed its doors in 2011. Fortunately, the Cirkante table has been reincarnated in the amazing collection of MMooD!
Elected ‘Belgian designer of the year 2013’, Brussels designer Jean-François D’Or (1974) continues on his design path in his own original way, also international.
In 1998 he graduated from the Brussels institute La Cambre, in industrial design. After gaining experience at Light, where he worked with designers such as Maarten Van Severen and Hans De Pelsmacker, he established his own studio in 2003 in Brussels: Loudordesign studio.
Jean-François D’Or chiefly designs living accessories — from hat stands, mirrors and dishes to lamps and glass — in co-operation with Belgian manufacturers and international labels. At first his designs seem simple but they always create an innovative experience. He aspires to an enrichment of products: unpretentious, logical, simple and with a touch of discreet poetry.
The playful Black Sheep collection is a design by Jean-François.
Axel Enthoven (1947) is a Belgian designer with an extensive design portfolio. He graduated as an Industrial Designer from the Eindhoven Academy of Industrial Design. He went on to study at a Japanese design school, the Salesian Technical College in Tokyo.
In 1970, he started working as an independent designer. In 1972, he took a position as a lecturer at the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Bouwkunde en Stedenbouw in Antwerp (this later became known as the Henry Van de Velde Institute, which today is part of Artesis Plantijn University College Antwerp).
In 1976, Axel founded Idea N.V. which changed its name in 1990 to Enthoven Associates Design Consultants. Enthoven and his firm won several awards, including the Red Dot - IF award. In 2014, King Philippe of Belgium bestowed the civic honour of Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown on Axel Enthoven.
Axel is the designer of the MMooD collections O’Wall and Insight.
Established by Benoît Deneufbourg in 2004, Benoit Deneufbourg designStudio is a product design and interior design consultancy based in Brussels. With a design approach characterized by an interest in materials and manufacturing processes, Benoit works on projects ranging from furniture to lighting and accessories, but also interior architecture and scenography.
Benoit's desire is to innovate while finding simple and effective solutions. Demonstrating an exceptional economy of means, his creations are marked by the formal unity and sharpness of the line.
Benoît is the designer of Flap.
Mathias De Ferm
Mathias De Ferm (1985) studied product development at University College Antwerp and furniture design at the Catholic University College of Mechelen. Because he wanted to know more about types of materials and techniques he also took degree courses in metalworking and wood processing.
In 2010 Mathias decided to start his own business as an independent designer. He has since received a number of awards. Mathias is the designer of the Taille and Pilot collection.
"The art is to reflect functionality, technology and ergonomics in an aesthetic manner in a piece of furniture. These are the aspects, in combination with pure, minimal lines, that typify good design.
MMooD is also always looking for new challenges and ideas. Because we both believe in the power of originality we can develop beautiful new furniture."
Hans Daalder (1963) graduated in 1989 from the Design Academy and started his design studio one year later.
With great passion he and his team design for trend-setting manufacturers of furniture, project furniture and other homeware. Their pure design style appeals to a broad public. Hans is the designer of the Trypod collection.
“Our team thinks in logic; there is always a reason for every detail in our designs. That results in design with clear, uncluttered lines. Beauty you can understand, that's our thing!”