COLLECTIBLE collaborated with the Dutch Design Week to devise a special focus on collectible design during the Dutch Design Week, one of the largest events of its kind in Northern Europe. In partnership with ELLE Decoration Netherlands we curated a bus route, and hosted a series of panel talks and dinner at Kazerne.
'What does a thriving ecosystem for contemporary collectible design look like?'
Contemporary collectible design is increasingly popular and at the forefront of the design industry, yet still not easily grasped by professionals and the general public. Its market place is unique when compared to other sectors of design; it is more akin to contemporary art than traditional product design. In place of products, retails and B2B – collectible design offers unique pieces, limited editions and bespoke objects tailored to collectors.
What exactly does this niche of design compose of and what systems does it follow? How does it reflect the contemporary art market that are well known by the art field: galleries, representations, fairs, secondary market? Despite being trained to work in the product design system which leads to brands and large studios, many designers choose to focus on collectible design. How can we contribute to this ecosystem, building it to be one that is healthy and benefitting for the designers?
Moderated by: Aidan Walker, Creator, Curator and Editor of Content & Design (UK)
With: Kiki & Joost, Designers (Netherlands) | Alexis Ryngaert, Curator, Director and Founder of Victor Hunt Gallery (Belgium) | Thomas Ballouhey, Designer (France) | Benoît Wolfrom, Owner and Founder of Functional Art Gallery (Germany)