‘DERI3’ is actually short for Ruben Deriemaeker – an appropriate moniker, since it contains the old-fashioned spelling for “maker.” Says Ruben: 'I grew up in a neighbourhood in Antwerp well-known for its high-rise buildings designed by architect Renaat Braem. I’m lucky enough to be renting my own workspace in that same neighbourhood.
Ever since childhood I’ve had an urge to create. I decided that was exactly what I was going to do in life. I dream, design and build furniture translating my own vision into tangible objects. Working with the materials nature provides us with is one of my greatest ambitions. Wood being my biggest love, because of its brutal honesty.'