Koen van Guijze
23 May 2021
This new series, Design bites, unveil the backstage of contemporary creation. Tackling various topics from personal designer processes to the position of Collectible design on the global design market; these bites offer different views to suit all tastes. Today we talk with Koen van Guijze.
COLLECTIBLE: What do you think about the position of contemporary collectible design on the design market? How do you think the contemporary collectible design market is evolving?
Koen van Guijze: It is a good thing that the term ‘collectible’ design is here, and is here to stay; collectible design to me is as important as a piece of art by renowned artists. Collectible design is very relevant for collectors and galleries to present the work of designers since designers make one-of-a-kind design pieces with the same cult status of art. Not only good to enjoy and to look at it, a design piece often has another dimension, such as the daily use of the good
“Too many to mention, I am afraid; I am mostly inspired by the great design minds of yesterday.”
C: Can you talk about a designer, whom you admire (designers) / Can you talk about a gallerist, whom you admire?
KVG: Too many to mention, I am afraid; I am mostly inspired by the great design minds of yesterday ; the Italian masters such as Gio Ponti or Carlo Scarpa to mention just a few.
C: Can you talk about a new piece/collection that you release for COLLECTIBLE SALON
KVG: The Bubble wall sconce is my latest on view for the Collectible Salon; a piece, brutalist as always, is a wink of an eye to the Covid hysteria that rules nowadays….. a bubble of 2 (the fixture has 2 bulbs inside) refers to the actual way of life, which I detest a lot….
C: What have you been up to recently? What are the next projects/exhibitions you wish to highlight?
KVG: We have been working on a chandelier for an entrance hall for more than a year; the piece will be like a necklace for a building, made by master glass blowers from Murano Italy. The installation is scheduled for the end of May.
About Koen van Guijze (Belgium)
Koen Van Guijze is a lighting designer with brutalist and minimalist roots working with ‘authentic’ materials such as steel, brass, concrete, cork, ceramics, sand, and paper to create one-of-a-kind collectible lighting pieces and site-specific projects. His approach to design combines brutalism with sophisticated attention to details.
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