FRIENDS & FAMILY
FRIENDS & FAMILY
Bobby Dekeyser, Carolin’s father, is a professional-footballer-turned-entrepreneur with a can-do spirit and a deep social conscience. The founder of outdoor furniture brand Dedon, Bobby created Dedon Island Resort in the Philippines as a playground and a testing ground for his philosophy of barefoot luxury. Having recently become a proud grandfather for the second time, Bobby is taking it easier these days, but he continues to work with Carolin on Dekeyser & Friends projects and remains an inspiration to her and the Nay Palad team.
Dekeyser & Friends
Bobby Dekeyser established his foundation, Dekeyser & Friends, with the mission of effecting positive change by inspiring, encouraging and nurturing young people around the world. The foundation’s main focus is currently a project of its own creation, Compostela, a sustainable rainforest village in the Philippines built to re-house scavengers living on a city dump. Through the foundation’s work over the years, it has developed an international network of partners, engaging like-minded volunteers that include such renowned personalities as former soccer goalkeeper Jens Lehman, world-famous ethologist Jane Goodall and Olympic skiing gold medalist Marcus Wasmeier.
Life and art are one for French-Romanian architect and designer Daniel Pouzet, who gained experience with Philippe Starck before joining up with Jean-Marie Massaud to collaborate on the iconic Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara, Dedon Island Resort in Siargao and the Compostela sustainable rainforest village in Cebu. A three-year worldwide road trip with his wife and kids was transformative for Daniel, who came back feeling recharged and ‘released from all kinds of barriers within in different artistic fields.’ His freedom and joy in creation is perfectly expressed in his designs for Nay Palad Hideaway, Nay Palad Bird Nest and, coming soon, Nay Palad Studios, Market and more.