Collectible design invades the Vanderborght Building in the Belgian capital, for the only event with a focus on the creativity of the 21st century: Collectible, founded in 2018 by Clélie Debehault and Liv Vaisberg – with backgrounds in art and design – ushers in a new idea of an exhibition in dialogue between guests and galleries, studios, institutions and foundations.
An unexpected setting, marked by foam elements made with recycled tennis balls, has been imagined by Paul Cournet, founder of the studio Cloud, an architect with years of experience inside OMA*AMO.
One-offs, limited editions and custom pieces: for its 5th anniversary, Collectible explores collecting through important new developments, especially the Editors section, with new niche producers of editions that have already met with success on the international market.
Talents who shape works marked by craftsmanship, technical experimentation and unusual materials, such as 13Desserts (Hyères and Paris), on view with the chromatic furnishings of Thomas Defour and Clément Rougelot; the Paris-based French Cliché with projects by Emily Marant and Hugo Matha, shaped by historic French manufactures; all the way to LOMM Edition (Paris) with furnishings designed by Odile Mir in 1970, reworked by her granddaughter Léonie Alma Mason.
For independent designers, the Curated section enables visitors to discover pioneering processes in Escapism, curated by the Rotterdam-based collector Berry Dijkstra, in a utopian voyage through creative talents from all over the world: Germany’s Anima Ona, the French Corpus Studio, the American Manifold Studio or Korea’s Rahee Yoon…
In Tension! – invented by the New York-based curator and writer Julia Haney Montañez – the selected objects narrate how environmental and social change has an impact on design, in a setting by Bram Vanderbeke based on the structuralist architecture of the Dutch master Aldo van Eyck.
In the Main Section refined galleries stand out, including Atelier Ecru Gallery, Functional Art Gallery, Galerie Revel, with masterpieces by designers, architects and artists in a narrative of sublime refinement.
The Bespoke section is a tribute to crafted pieces featuring noble materials, commissioned to designers like Maarten De Ceulaer, with luminous works in colored glass; Victoria–Maria Geyer, with a first line of joyful, sensual furnishings; Heim + Viladrich Office, with works created especially for the event, where industrial details are transformed into sculptural elements.
20-22 May 2022