The fourth edition of the Contemporary Design Market, organised by Flanders DC, Brussels Design September and Wallonie Design, will take place on 24 and 25 September in Tour & Taxis in Brussels. The exposure and sales platform partnered again with international platform Adorno to offer a digital experience for a selection of participating designers to share and sell their practices with international audiences. Discover the collection of ten unique designs that have been selected by curator Elien Haentjens for Adorno.
International platform Adorno presents Out of the Box, a Belgian collection curated by Elien Haentjens, which explores individual expression and diversity in design. Featuring the work of both established names and emerging talents, this selection visualises the melting pot that is Belgium. A multiplicity of materials, techniques and design philosophies — in addition to personal histories — punctuate the collection, illustrating the breadth and ingenuity of the contemporary Belgian design scene. Strict typologies are left behind, while seemingly banal materials are transformed for a high-end context and meaningful stories are intertwined as an extra emotional layer.
1. Bram Kerkhofs
Grid Lamp is a lighting fixture made up from parallel interlocking slats positioned at right angles. The mutual composition of the slats and their individual shape generate various objects. The concept refers to the classic light diffusing slat fixtures but then being transformed into different stand-alone shapes for wall and ceiling.
2. Carl Hultin (Cash)
White Chair is proposed as a sculpture, an attempt at new forms, a metaphor of culture between Africa and Europe reflecting the designer’s origins. The designer is concerned with going from ‘a waste product to a success’. Texture, resonance and juxtaposition are the guidelines for this creation.
3. Elisabeth Baeza
Soliflore bases its singularity on an aesthetic fiction where the imaginary and the ideal are uniform to suggest a relative functional artwork. A mixture of craftsmanship and digital technology, this reversible soliflore is fitted with an Altuglas disc that allows the flower to be received, while diverting the viewer’s gaze from any controversy.
The shapes of the Disrupt tables are inspired by the jagged edges formed by earth cracks. By means of irregular patterns, the object looks natural, as if it wasn’t created through an industrial process. This conceptual idea has been carried through in the form of the legs, which look as if they were torn apart after they once formed one whole.
5. Gilles Mayk Navangi & Pieter Bostoen
For this collaboration, Pieter Bostoen and Gilles Mayk Navangi dug deep into their interests, motivations, and worldviews in order to come up with a project representative of their respective identities. From there on, the idea was born of making objects that honour the fauna and flora. The results are ceramic vessels symbolising endangered animals. These objects are jars, totems, meditative sculptures, which advocate contemplation and benevolence towards the animal kingdom.
6. Lou Van ‘t Riet
Triptych Montréal will create different visual compositions each time it is activated. By opening or closing a side, the viewer will choose his variant in the geometrical and visual configuration. It may be closed, completely or partially opened, it is an invitation to contemplation.
7. Nicolas Erauw
This sculptural piece combines glass blowing and lost-wax casting resulting in a unique sidetable with a lamp. The wax dipping is done with a self-made machine based on the old technique of candle dipping, and was created to explore shapes and forms through a new medium. When combining the machine with the lost wax casting technique, a unique piece is produced every single time.
8. Noro Khachatryan
Post is a series of minimalistic archetypes, composed by two elements, sculpted in white onyx. The objects can be placed upside down, and be used as a side table or a pedestal. Noro’s practice ranges from sculptural objects to architectural design, elements for public and residential spaces, blending traditional craftsmanship with analytical gestures and natural materials.
9. Studio Part
This new furniture collection combines creative handcraft with industrial-scale technology. Using metal work at its finest, a single bolt connects the folded sheet metal. As the bolt is wider than its steel recipient, we get a rare and beautiful insight into how this connection operates. The construction becomes the aesthetic.
10. Thibeau Scarcériaux
c.1[bpg] is a glass lounge chair that has been shot with no visible connections. The glass chair exemplifies a fascination with immateriality and structural integrity. Formed solely from planes of clear bulletproof glass, the chair’s solid state seems to dissolve. Almost invisible, these planes, without tangible support, hang in the air but with small details and a huge story behind it [war].