13 December 2021
Design bites unveils 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 Moure Studio.
COLLECTIBLE: A place you recently visited that inspired you
Moure Studio: There are two places that have inspired me immensely this year. First, I exhibited my Kalupso chandelier in the Venice Design Biennial this summer. Having the opportunity to exhibit in Venice and spending time in a city where Beauty is everywhere was definitely a turning point in my year. In fact, wherever you lay eyes on, there is only pure elegance, it is overwhelming. And being near the water was very soothing.
On a very different level, I spent a lot of time in Auvergne in France, developing the Silvia table limited edition in enameled lava stone. I discovered this region, enjoyed the countryside in this volcano landscape, that weirdly reminds me of my own volcano childhood island in the West Indies. So much that I decided to move there and now divide my work between Paris and Clermont-Ferrand. I needed a change from the city and being close to Nature will impact my practice in ways I don’t yet measure.
“I am so proud now to be a part of this journey of re-inventing ways to promote crafts and accompany crafts men and women into contemporaneity.”
CC: What do you think collectible design brings compared to other more massively produced pieces?
KVG: In my opinion, collectible design brings emotion to their buyers, while massive produced pieces lack this quality. A designer puts a lot of effort in this one-off piece, and that shows off in the finished item.
CC: How do you position your city in the global design market, what makes your city unique, trends?
KVG: I work and live in Antwerp, which has always been a city that sets trends instead of other cities. We have all about fashion, with world famous designers, but also the design and the art scenes are very lively. I am sure that it always had an impact on me, as a designer. I didn’t do any studies in the design or art atmosphere, I just started painting when I was younger, and with the years I started with lighting designs for myself.
CC: A place you recently visited that inspired you.
KVG: I was commissioned by a client to make a master piece in an entrance hall. It had to be colourful and so I reached out for glass. No better city in the world than Venice in Italy to go to and to explore possibilities. The few days I spent in this gorgeous city made me feel at home. The old setting of the palazzos and their decoration gave a boost of energy to my design approach. I designed a huge glass necklace for this building, and saw the possibilities with glass, that are countless. It won’t be the last time that I will take the plane to go to Venice again for some new work.
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