Insomnia by CJNV

‘Insomnia, a triptych on sleeplessness’

CNJV in collaboration with VERILIN

CJNV and Verilin present a Triptych on insomnia. Three different ways of experiencing sleepless nights: a romantic insomnia, an existential insomnia and an annihilating insomnia. Three designs of bed linen interacting with the (non-) sleepers’ senses. Each set of linen translates sleeplessness in a tangilbe and minimalistic way.

‘A triptych on insomnia’ utilizes the richness of thoughts on insomnia from philosophy and literature. CJNV were intrigued by the phenomena of insomnia. Hoow does an altered perception affects the relation between sleeplessness and the sleeping environment? How can the relation between sleeplessness and the surrounding trigger an alteraaltered perception.

A fresh look at the various aspects of insomnia has lead to encourage a (philosophical) dialogue between insomniacs and their chronic sleeplessness through a more appropriate design of bedroom linen.

To realize this project CJNV collaborated with Verilin, a Belgian  linen manufacturing company, producing high quality goods and always looking for innovation in their field and beyond.


“There is no use of a sleeping man, as there is not of a dead man. … But whoever
of us is most
solicitous for living the true life, and for entertaining noble sentiments, will keep
awake for as long time as possible.”
Clement of Alexandria


“But it’s a night without slumber or moon or stars, a night as if all had been turned
inside out –
infinity internalized and ready to burst, and the day converted into the black lining
of an unfamiliar suit.”
Fernando Pessoa


“In the night, insomnia is discussion, not the work of arguments bumping against
arguments, but the extreme shuddering of no thoughts, percussive stillness.”
Maurice Blanchot


CJNV is a collaboration between Charlotte Jonckheer and Nel Verbeke, graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven.

Both are preoccupied by the emotional potential of design.

Their collaboration reaches from the conceptual thinking towards timeless designs with a strong aesthetic value, and sensibility in color and materials.


To realize this project CJNV collaborated with Verilin, a Belgian linen manufacturing company.

By combining 60 years of experience, craftsmanship and by constantly innovating and looking for new creative challenges, Verilin, still located in Kortrijk, has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury linen products.

photography by Alexander Popelier

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