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|RISD Alum||Ariane van Dievoe|
|Degree||MFA Adaptive Reuse|
Ariane van Dievoet, Born and raised in Brussels, crossed the channel at 18 to further her Art & Design education in Cambridge. She moved to London the following year to pursue a BA in Interior and Spatial Design from Chelsea College of Arts. After gaining some experience in exhibition and product design, she moved to the US to start a masters degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. Focused on the Adaptive Reuse of architecture, this program also allowed her to take electives in furniture and jewelry design.
This led her to work with design studio Bower upon graduation, and they introduced her to many new techniques and makers in the Brooklyn design community. Ariane's dreams of founding her own studio were realized when she received an acceptance letter from the prestigious SaloneSatellite in Milan for the following Spring.
AVANDI was born in Brooklyn in 2014. The name is simply a contraction of her first initial and last name, Ariane van Dievoet. Her first collection debuted in Milan that same year, receiving third prize for the SaloneSatellite award. Since then, She has exhibited work in Brussels, Paris, London, Miami, Köln, Toronto and New York, while selling in over 30 shops, such as the Guggenheim Store and the Vitra Store.
After running AVANDI in Brooklyn for 5 years, she decided to move back to Brussels. Since she has been back, she worked on construction sites and witnessed the great amount of waste generated by the industry. Ariane decided to reclaim some of the surplus to create new pieces. This way, no new materials need to be produced for her collections.