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Observant readers may already have noticed that Okyo recently became a partner of Imagicasa. Naturally, this is the ideal moment to further introduce this Flemish agency to our audience. We can already tell you the following: this is definitely not the last we will hear from them.
Okyo is based in Beringen and was founded in 2009 by Jochen Magyar. The company consists of two departments, including the Jochen Magyar Interior Design Studio and the construction department Magyar Interieurbouw. However, a lot preceded the start-up of the company. Since Magyar was a child, he had been interested in interior design, which made him curious again and again about what a closed door and façade could conceal. As an adult, he keeps that curiosity alive by being constantly amazed by the impact spaces can have on people. In addition, creativity has never been a stranger to him. After his studies at ‘De Kunstschool’ in Genk, he went to Luca School of Arts and Sint Lucas in Brussels to study interior design and architecture respectively. Magyar has a clear idea of the designs he likes to present to his clients. In his eyes, quality depends on a perfect balance between beauty and functionality. To him, feeling good in your interior is also a matter of your senses being stimulated. His own way of doing this is subtle abstraction. He simplifies things in his designs, so that in an interior of his you are attracted by tranquillity and simplicity instead of being overwhelmed by conspicuousness. In this way, interesting elements only come to the fore later on, but in a way that does them extra justice. In addition, Okyo has a clear vision on their use of materials. Magyar has a strong preference for pure materials such as natural stone, wood, linen fabric and cotton. These are therefore some of the recurring factors in Okyo's interiors.
Being attracted by tranquillity and simplicity instead of overwhelmed by conspicuousness.
Not only do Okyo's end results radiate tranquillity, but Magyar himself has a calming atmosphere surrounding him as well. This is the result of his intention to have a listening ear during initial discussions with clients, and to put their needs and wishes first. For him and his team, it is very important that collaborations feel good on both sides and that there is a common click. In commercial projects, Okyo also always provides input in order to translate the needs and core values of the company in question into a space as efficiently as possible. This does not mean, however, that Magyar ignores his own inspirations. He explains that even the small details of everyday things or places can give him ideas. Time and again, memories and experiences form the basis of his designs, and we admire that. Okyo undoubtedly has a long and bright future in architecture and interior design. We hope to support our partner in the best possible way, while we marvel at every project they realise without exception.
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Photography by Robby Politi