Plagiarism may be the highest form of flattery, but despite being copied the
world over, there is only one real ‘VNU’ table. And it is this one, designed by
Dutch designer Henk Vos in 1998, for the publishing company of the same
name. It has been an icon of the Linteloo collection ever since. The devil is
definitely in the details of this utterly ‘simple’ table: the intricate joints, the way
in which the design lets the natural characteristics of the wood shine—so
well-conceived and unsurpassed.

Henk Vos

Henk Vos’ design motto? ‘Better empty than ugly.’ His furniture designs are as outspoken, honest and straightforward as you would expect from a man whose roots are well-established in the heavy clay of Groningen, the Netherlands’ most northern province. When Henk’s father, Wiebe Vos, suddenly died in 1963, 23-year old Henk—a graduate of the Rotterdam Academy of Art—took over the furniture factory that had been in the family for generations. With his young and adventurous spirit, he turned it into a leading interior design emporium: Vos Interieur. The Vos family ties remain strong: in 1996, Henk’s son Bart Vos designed the company’s ground-breaking new concept store, ‘Maupertuus’. And Henk’s other son, Roderick, also followed in Dad’s designer footsteps. Some of Henk’s designs for Linteloo date back longer than we care to remember, but their timeless quality has turned them into icons of good design.