Pioneering scenographies have always been key to COLLECTIBLE, which seeks to innovate in this field. Each year we offer an extraordinary new experience to engage our audience, while highlighting the scenography practice of a design or architecture studio.
Paf atelier & Volfram
To mark its arrival at its new Tour & Taxis venue, COLLECTIBLE 2023 invited two scenographers to work in dialogue. PAF Atelier produced a single-material scenography to create an essential decor that corresponds to the fair’s aspirations. Made from inflatable, a product that PAF Atelier has been intensively working on, these objects have been produced sustainably and will be reused afterwards, while drawing inspiration from the marine environment, objects of the wind, objects from the coastline, but also from the game universe or UFOs and extraterrestrial elements. Volfram Studio was inspired by the works of Jan Schoonhoven to reduce, align and organise all parameters into a coherent lay-out, creating a new floor plan and an innovative booth composition in the venue’s timber pavilions sheltered by a saw-tooth glass roof.
Heim + Viladrich Office
Created in 2022 by Lauriane Heim and Johan Viladrich, Heim+Viladrich is a Montpellier (FR) based studio with as main practice the creation of objects centered installations, scenographies, and interiors.
For COLLECTIBLE 2023 Edition, Heim + Viladrich Office conceived the scenography of 'What is your story?' chaired and curated by Paris-based designer, artist and curator Leo Orta.
Atelier Tomas Dirrix
Based in Rotterdam and working with the cultural and material notions of building, the architecture practice seeks to create new organisation principles, relationships and processes. It designs architectural structures both as a spatial configuration and as a constructive idea.
For COLLECTIBLE 2020 Edition, Atelier Tomas Dirrix conceived a new atmosphere that radically changed how visitors perceive the building.
Döppel Studio & Thierry Boutemy
Our rooftop restaurant featured a dynamic composition by floral artist Thierry Boutemy (Belgium), within a scenography created by Döppel Studio (France).
Thierry Boutemy gave an organic touch to COLLECTIBLE, inspired by the architecture of the building. Boutemy’s pared-down installation elegantly evoked the arrival of spring, with the blossoming and sprouting of seasonal bulbs, roots and flowers - an unconventional display, far removed from classic floral art. Using raw materials Döppel Studio created a landscape in which Boutemy’s concept could flourish .
Döppel Studio conceived the set design of the Curated Section for COLLECTIBLE’s 3rd edition by creating a series of plinths in gradient earth tones arranged in ascending height order. The design echoed the bottom-up approach of the section, and referenced the challenges faced by young designers, whilst - quite literally - elevating their work in the show.
Döppel Studio views design as having a symbolic function. The studio favours a duality-based approach: fostering dialogue between the arts, sciences and industries; between ideas and volumes; between symbols and meanings. Employing a multidisciplinary methodology, Döppel Studio considers their designs holistically. From the conception of an object, to its artistic realisation - the aim is always to provoke poetic, unexpected experiences that appeal both physically and intellectually. Döppel Studio is the result of the meeting of two individual designers, Lionel Dinis Salazar and Jonathan Omar. Together they unite their complex contrasting and complementary design sensibilities.
Studio Verter is an architecture practice based in Rotterdam. Established in 2014, Studio Verter is a collaboration between Claudio Saccucci and Roxane van Hoof, working in the fields of architecture, research and education.
Sophie Dries’ scenography was based on the concept of upcycling: the elements used in the installation were either surplus or unwanted waste materials which the architect repurposed, while giving them a new function.
Sophie Dries created a natural landscape, where abstract volumes emerged from the structural organic shapes that served as an exhibition space in which the young designers showcased their creations.
Dries partnered with Plasticiet who provided discarded plastic resembling stone for the creation of her organic shapes on the ground. Emaillerie Belge supplied enameled steel plates that were used as the table tops on which the objects were laid. In addition, Vrijdaghs produced the foam that served as these volumes’ bases.
For the inaugural edition of COLLECTIBLE, artist Richard Venlet conceived an original scenographic intervention in the Vanderborght Building.
Venlet is the creator of many memorable exhibition designs, including that of 'Cabinet d’Amis' by Jan Hoet in 2016 and 'Le Musée Absent', presented at WIELS in 2017.