According to the annual tradition, Flanders DC (formerly Design Flanders), MAD Brussels and WBDM went to Milan under the heading of ‘Belgium is Design’ for a presentation of Flemish, Walloon and Brussels design talent. This year, Belgitude emphasizes the know-how, collaboration and dialogue, but also local production and time plays an important part in the ten projects. In April, they were admirable in Palazzo Litta as part of the Milan Design Week. For those who couldn’t make it to Milan, they can be seen in September at MAD Brussels.
1. Atelier Lachaert Dhanis & Art Casting
Atelier Lachaert Dhanis (Sofie Lachaert and Luc D’Hanis) & Art Casting worked on a complex cast piece, that plays with visual perceptions and decontextualized domestic archetypes. Trio consists of three bronze chairs soldered together and combines conceptual design with the expertise of casting for artworks.
2. Nicolas Bovesse & Keramis
Nicolas Bovesse & Keramis experimented with ceramic throwing techniques in order to create a solid and durable small table of earthenware and steel.
3. Benoît Deneufbourg & Cruso
Benoît Deneufbourg & Cruso decided to seal their mutual love for wood by completing the Paddle Collection with stools and barstools. This collaboration is also a reflection of Cruso’s goal, as a Belgian design manufacturer, to unite talented designers with the finest craftsmen.
4. Nathalie Dewez & Val Saint Lambert
Nathalie Dewez & Val Saint Lambert worked together for the first time on the tradition and archives of the Walloon crystal company, which has been handmaking its collections for more than 200 years. Focusing on inner light projection and the shade of the cut material, three lamps were created.
5. Jean-François D'Or & Maison Vervloet
Jean-François D'Or & Maison Vervloet carry on a successful collaboration, by investing design accessories with poetry and a surrealistic ‘clin d’œil’. Anonym door handles, door bells and umbrella holders change into functional reveries.
6. Jan en Randoald & Labt
Jan en Randoald & Labt worked once again together on a project, where two graphic designers and the manufacturer of customised furniture created Rontgen Rack. It is a stackable and adaptable series of modules that change their function, focusing on the idea that repetition is a form of change.
7. Laend & valerie_traan
Laend (Chevalier Masson and Diane Steverlynck) & valerie_traan created a collection of carpets that provides the knitted surface with different patterns depending on the observation point. Key to this effect is the experimental thread, which has been created in collaboration with the specialist spinning mill of Diese Wolle and thanks to the expertise and infrastructure of Belgian producer of carpets Limited Edition.
8. Xavier Lust & Nacarat
Xavier Lust & Charles Schambourg by Nacarat are working together for a long time. For this design, Xavier has chosen to work with the luxury woven leather manufacturer to create a unique seat in aluminium, upholstery and woven leather, that highlights the craftsmanship of both partners.
9. Muller Van Severen & Emaillerie Belge
Muller Van Severen & Emaillerie Belge is a partnership that brings the qualities of the design duo together with an enamelling company, that has evolved from an industrial player to an artisanal company. This prototype project creates an interaction between high-end finished surfaces and elementary architectures, where one steel plate is folded to a small desk, rack and/or folding screen and then is enamelled in colours that accentuate the shape.
10. Julien Renault & Kewlox
Julien Renault & Kewlox are recently working together. The young designer worked as artistic director with the 1950s icon of self-assembled furniture, to create a complementary collection. Challenging the patented historical system, the designer gives a new interpretation of the modular architecture, where transparency is introduced.
The exhibition Belgitude runs from 8 September until 8 October at MAD Brussels. Visit Belgium is Design for more info about previous editions.