Running at the same time as our online platform, COLLECTIBLE SALON, the fair launched its first COLLECTIBLE WEEK from 26 to 30 May with a series of exciting design exhibitions across the city and globally with In the Gallery.
Area 42, a new permanent contemporary design exhibition space in Brussels, will be launched at the occasion of COLLECTIBLE WEEK by Atelier Jespers. The curator Jean-François Declercq in collaboration with Fracas Gallery will present more than fifty emerging talents as well established designers and artists to showcase unique works and prototypes in collaboration with galleries, museums and schools of design.
Atelier Jespers is delighted to announce the solo show of the French designer Johan Viladrich which will launch during COLLECTIBLE WEEK. The Rotterdam-based designer, who recently made furniture for Dries van Noten new shop in LA, designs furniture and spatial structures that explore fundamental forms and celebrate the beauty of materials by using them in unconventional contexts. His latest series of conceptual pure and minimalist furniture designs will be showcased at the historical venue of Atelier Jespers.
The context where "elsewhere stays inside” which is more or less universal and intermittent these days, has inspired Isabelle de Borchgrave for her new exhibition to be explored during COLLECTIBLE WEEK. She interprets vivid and intense colours and takes inspiration from her gallery to imagine objects that allow you to escape. Her intention is to extract a positive atmosphere from the current context which restricts our movements but not our imagination. She paints what she sees, interprets differently everyday life, invites us to rediscover what is familiar to us. Isabelle de Borchgrave travels around the world, her own world in this case.
During COLLECTIBLE WEEK, MANIERA has teamed up with Thierry Struvay to showcase objects designed by Ann Demeulemeester, which will be presented on Studio Mumbai’s furniture, including two new wooden tables. Demeulemeester’s series of candle holders, vases, lamps and vase-lamps are part of her ongoing collaboration with renowned Belgian tableware manufacturer Serax. This new collection has been inspired by the traditional Eastern way of thinking in which simple everyday objects become meditative entities. This philosophy where design objects are also seen as ceremonial pieces is also present in the practice of Bijoy Jain, founder of Studio Mumbai. This shared mindset called for a pairing that goes beyond mere material support.
Continuing its tradition, MANIERA presents another show in a historically significant architectural setting, this time at the occasion of COLLECTIBLE WEEK. Following exhibitions staged at Henry Van de Velde’s Hôtel Wolfers, Juliaan Lampen’s Van Wassenhove House and Huib Hoste’s De Beir House, MANIERA is now turning its attention to the Roelants House, a modernist house designed by Willy Van Der Meeren. The Roelants House and garden will host works by the architecture practice of MOS, which was commissioned by MANIERA to create a new furniture series.
A selection of Ben Storms’ works, including new pieces in which he further developed his mastery of natural stone, will be showcased at the Natan Store in Brussels at the occasion of COLLECTIBLE WEEK. Ex Hale Wallpiece, is one of those new works. Milled from a single block of natural stone, it plays with our common notions of materiality: the hard stone looks soft instead, an impression that is further enhanced by the delicate surface treatment.
Exceptional pieces of furniture made by Lionel Jadot, Krjst Studio, Sebastien Caporusso, MANIERA and Jean-Paul Lespagnard will be presented exclusively for COLLECTIBLE WEEK. All of those designers are all part of SilverSquare’s history, having each designed a SQ coworking space. SilverSquare wishes to highlight the work of those designers who have created extraordinary venues daily used by more than 2,500 members. Those designers give the workspaces extra soul and a unique touch that makes Silversquare an ecosystem based on diversity.
Spazio Nobile Downtown, a new venue developed in close collaboration with Portuguese artist Bela Silva, will be inaugurated during COLLECTIBLE WEEK. Set up in her new studio located in front of Les Minimes late baroque church in Le Sablon district, Bela Silva’s new hand-built sculptural wearable and wall jewelry collection, Four Seasons, will be officially launched by the gallery at the occasion of COLLECTIBLE WEEK.
Group Exhibition with Jörg Bräuer, Nathalie Campion, Lila Farget, Ernst Gamperl, Kaspar Hamacher, Amy Hilton, Samy Rio, Bela Silva, Jacqueline Surdell and Philipp Weber. In a choreography of gestures and interlacing threads, the human and the planet join in a dance within a living fabric. The artworks presented in this exhibition reflect a biodiversity that underlines the richness of organic matter as a basis for artistic experimentation in cross-disciplinary practices.
In the Lewis Carroll novel, Through the Looking-Glass, Alice enters a fantasy world by climbing through a mirror, where she finds out that, just like a reflection in a mirror, everything is reversed. Similarly, the series of collages by Audrey Guttmann shift the viewer’s focus, from the main subject towards the colored background. By reclaiming fragments of backgrounds from advertising and various visual sources, these works aim to investigate the other side of our visual culture, permeated by trade, in order to return their original strength to the colors used to attract the eye to the page.
At the occasion of COLLECTIBLE WEEK, the Entomarium — extinct exhibition by mischer'traxler studio will be running at the Brussels gallery. Aside from this, the gallery will feature works from most of the designers of the Victor Hunt. Dealer. collection ranging from object to graphic design leading to a thorough cross section of our views to contemporary design. The local designers Maarten De Ceulaer, Julien Carretero, Sylvain Willenz and Arnaud Eubelen will be present during the nocturne Thursday 27 May at the gallery
New pieces by designer Xavier Lust, embodying the movement of living creatures, will be presented in his studio, alongside a digital creation transporting viewers ‘In the mind of Giorgio de Chirico’ a landscape by the Italian painter to explore further Lust design ecosystem. Metalmorphosis echoes the designer’s fascination for nature and the arts as an on-going source of inspiration. It also describes his process of transforming metal into distinctive pieces of design.
Architecture Sculptures by Jacques Moeschal at BOZAR | Chaise. Stoel. Chair. Defining Design at Design Museum Brussels | Nudes by Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel at Van Buuren Museum Gardens | VERISIMILITUDE by Félix Lúque Sánchez in cooperation with Damien Gernay and Iñigo Bilbao Lopategui at MiMa Museum
Some of our exhibitors based outside Brussels hosted special exhibitions and events in their spaces at the occasion of COLLECTIBLE SALON.
AMSTERDAM: A Life Less Ordinary at Mia Karlova Galerie
Presenting the work of four international designers – Vadim Kibardin, Femke van Gemert, Olga Engel and Sho Ota – ‘A life less ordinary’ addresses some of the concerns highlighted by the global pandemic through shared emotions and experimentation. Founded by Amsterdam-based interior designer and curator Mia Karlova, the eponymous gallery specialises in functional sculpture, seeking to form a dialogue between works of various genres, which look upon reuse as a conscious act of new existence
ANTWERP: EXTRUSION, Solo exhibition by Swedish creative duo ABSID at Modern Shapes
Modern Shapes Gallery present “EXTRUSION” a solo show by Swedish creative duo ABSID. ABSID is the sculptural output of Stockholm based artists and architects Maximilian Olsson and André Prusic. Their work combines the use of digital design and manufacturing techniques with traditional crafts to create sculptures that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital world. The work is processed and research based, exploring themes like analog-digital transformation, reuse, digital modulation and randomisation.
BARCELONA: COLLECTIBLE Booth 3_15 at ll·lacions
“COLLECTIBLE Booth 3_15” initially planned for Brussels will be reproduced at Il·lacions Design Gallery in Barcelona with works by: Andreu Carulla, Antoni Arola, Clàudia Girbau, Cristian Herrera, Curro Claret, Joan Tarragó, Jordi Ribaudí, Josep Maynou, Josep Vila, Max Enrich, Roger Coll, Miquel Subiràs, Toni Pallejà, Turbina, Rosa Cortiella.
COPENHAGEN: Booth COLLECTIBLE 2021 at Etage Projects
Etage Projects will show their COLLECTIBLE booth In the Gallery featuring works by: Christian Andersen, Bahraini Danish, Karl Monies, Sabine Marcelis, and FOS.
GENT: ATELIER ECRU x COLLECTIBLE
As part of COLLECTIBLE In the Gallery, Atelier Ecru is hosting a special show with works by: Bram Vanderbeke, Cobra Studios, Jojo Corväiá, Jumandie Seys, Katrien Doms, Middernacht&Alexande, Nathalie Van der Massen, Pierre De Valck, Roxane Lahidji, Sizar Alexis and Tim Vranken.
GENT: Booth COLLECTIBLE 2021 at Valcke Art Gallery
Valcke Art Gallery is pleased to present the works shown at COLLECTIBLE SALON in its venue in Gent. Participating artists are Tjok Dessauvage, Guy Van Leemput, David Huycke, Helena Schepens, Frank Steyaert, Mariken Dumon, Christophe Desvallées and Karima Duchamp.
MILAN : Scale to infinite at Nilufar Depot
Nilufar will show their Scale to infinite pieces at Nilufar Depot during COLLECTIBLE 2021.
PARIS: Corps Célestes - Audrey Guimard in collaboration with Marie Jeunet at BOON_ROOM
BOON_ROOM will host during COLLECTIBLE In the Gallery, an exhibition by Audrey Guimard in collaboration with Marie Jeunet. The show is a free tribute split in two chapters: First, a tribute to terrestrial bodies, stone artefacts and eroded ancient works through the centuries, in which we can guess human volumes, receptacles of vegetation that unfolds in the corpus presented. But the tribute is also paid to the immutable in a heavenly part. The colors of the dawn and the twilight in the stratospheric clouds.