Artistic Director Z33 in Hasselt
& Atelier LUMA in Arles,
Curator 4th Istanbul Biennale,
Head of Social Design,
Design Academy Eindhoven
Design Studios 2018
Special projects 2018
Selection committee 2018
Artistic Director Z33 in Hasselt
Brand & Content Director, Wallpaper* Magazine
Maria Cristina Didero
Independent Curator and Writer
Artistic Director Hermès petit h
COLLECTIBLE, is fostering strong collaborations with museums, institutions, specialised media, material company and food design studio. These are all part of the platform we create to offer visitors the best experience of contemporary collectible design.
CID Grand Hornu (Belgium)
The CID, center for innovation and design, is part of the Grand-Hornu site which also hosts the MAC’s (Museum of Contemporary Arts), which became one of the leading Belgian cultural center, after being one of the jewels in the crown of Belgian industry. It welcomes every year some 75,000 visitors from across Europe. For COLLECTIBLE, it will curate an « ideal library » and its Director, Marie Pok, will organise a talk on design museums presenting their programme and their collection practice.
Design museum Gent (Belgium)
The Design museum Gent, which originates from a private initiative by a group of industrials and art lovers formed in 1903, turned into a museum managing a collection of approximately 22,000 objects that will be transferred to the new central heritage storage facilities of the city in the Ghelamco arena in 2018. At COLLECTIBLE, the Design museum Gent will feature a preview of a film by designer and filmmaker Alexandre Humbert on this spectacular relocation of the collection, enabling visitors to catch a glimpse behind the scenes of a collection and its stories. The film is commissioned by Design museum Gent for the exhibition ‘Object Stories’, a new collection presentation, opening on May 17th 2018.
FRAC Grand Large — Hauts-de-France (France)
Located on the port of Dunkirk, the FRAC Grand Large (Regional Funds of Contemporary Art) is situated in a remarkable building conceived by the architects Lacaton & Vassal. With more than 1,600 pieces of art and design, the FRAC Grand Large is the only one to own a collection dedicated to design. It developed its collection from an initial core devoted to arte povera, minimal and conceptual art but showcases nowadays an openness to the world of objects with a genuine international confluence of sources. This exceptional collection, from the 60’s to the present, constitutes the key point of its programming within and outside the walls of the FRAC. For Collectible, the FRAC Grand Large will show works of Françoise Doléac. Founder of the Radi-Designer group in the 90ies, Françoise Doléac is an artist and designer whose work is quite full of humour and which often relates to household affairs.
Horta Museum (Belgium)
The meeting of Victor Horta and Pierre Bonnefille is so evident here. The house of the great Art Nouveau architect and the works of the French artist both demonstrate a unique attention to the play of shadows and textures, color and space, inspired by mineral and vegetal patterns. The tactile compositions of Pierre Bonnefille will stay only a few weeks in the Maison Horta, an Art Nouveau masterpiece imbued with refinement and harmony.
Publications dedicated to design will be allocated exhibition space and will produce a special show for COLLECTIBLE
- DAMN° ( feat. Studio Dessuant Bone (FR))
- MacGuffin (feat. Alexandre Humbert (FR))
- Modern Design Review (feat. Anton Alvarez (US), James Shaw (UK), Thomas Ballouhey (NL) and Studio Mieke Meijer (NL))
- Sight Unseen (feat. Mimi Jung (US) and Chen Chen & Kai Williams (US))
- TLmag (feat. with Spazio Nobile Phantasmagoria Group Show with Laetitia Bica (BE), Chen & Williams (US), Alexia de Ville (BE), Kaspar Hamacher (BE), Isaac Monté (BE), Kustaa Saksi (FI), Bela Silva (PT), Frederik Vercruysse (BE))
DAMN° ( feat. Studio Dessuant Bone (FR))
DAMN° is an independent publication with open-minded views on the interchangeable worlds of design, architecture and art. In making meaningful connections rather than dictating tastes, its approach to storytelling brings editorial content beyond hype or conventional academic debate. Unafraid to link the personal and the political, the economic and the emotional, the stylistic and the social, DAMN° is ultimately about discoveries that aim to provoke a reaction…whether it be a thought or a smile.
For COLLECTIBLE, DAMN° invites Studio Dessuant Bone and Allaert Aluminium to present Art Industrial: a collection of undefinable one-off objects handmade by industrial workers in Kortrijk (Belgium). Each piece celebrates the materials behind the core ethos and knowledge at Allaert Aluminium, using limited components, focusing purely on the beauty of the raw materials, their texture, colour and weight. Art Industrial aims to blur the boundaries between art, design and industry; objects that are undefinable in their nature but all share a common theme, an emotive expression of a collaboration between designer and industry.
MacGuffin (feat. Alexandre Humbert (FR))
With each issue based around a single object, MacGuffin Magazine is a platform for fans of inspiring, personal, unexpected, highly familiar or utterly disregarded things. Widely recognized as a fabulously designed and immaculately researched design and crafts biannual, it is an indispensable resource for all those who want backstage information about the Life of Things.
For COLLECTIBLE, MacGuffin Magazine presents the installation One and Three Cabinet by Alexandre Humbert. With this collaboration, Humbert, the founder of Object Interview, gives a tribute to Joseph Kosuth’s 1965 iconic work One and Three Chairs, exploring the Object Interview-process and relating it to the layered construction of the magazine. The object’s representations, in this case, a cabinet, a film of this cabinet and a fictional story told by the cabinet are combined to create new object narratives.
Modern Design Review (feat. Anton Alvarez (US), James Shaw (UK), Thomas Ballouhey (NL) and Studio Mieke Meijer (NL))
A beautifully designed object in its own right, Modern Design Review covers the best of the products, people and theory at the effervescent tip of contemporary design. The publication offers a considered and curated insight into modern design. Original and creative storytelling, plus plenty of contributions from talented photographers, writers and designers, sets Modern Design Review apart. We choose to focus on ideas and themes that interest us, whether they are central or peripheral, and we are committed to exploring modern design with the creativity and curiosity that the discipline deserves.
Modern Design Review will present a collection of works with a strong and timely narrative, thereby reflecting the editorial direction of their publication. The works will be from designers featured in the new issue of the magazine, including Anton Alvarez, James Shaw and Thomas Ballouhey. Each of the designers make expressive, desirable contemporary furniture and objects using a unique machine to help them do so. These designers are symptomatic of an exciting new generation of makers reacting to the limitations of small studio practice whilst also rejecting the compromises of mass production. Instead they are creating brand new methods of making—with the help of home-made machines—that sits somewhere between craft and industry. A special printed publication will be issued for COLLECTIBLE that speaks about the ‘space between craft and industry’.
Sight Unseen (feat. Mimi Jung (US) and Chen Chen & Kai Williams (US))
Sight Unseen is an online magazine that uncovers what’s new and next in design and the visual arts, with a focus on independent makers working outside traditional disciplinary boundaries. Since its founding in 2009, the site has served as a destination for companies and individuals interested in scouting new talent as well as an inspiration for those working in creative pursuits. Sight Unseen also curates exhibitions and pop-up shops, produces events, and provides editorial and consulting services for a variety of forward-thinking clients.
For its showcase at COLLECTIBLE, Sight Unseen has chosen Mimi Jung and Chen Chen & Kai Williams to present brand new, complementary collections. Los Angeles–based artist Mimi Jung will show a series of woven wall works that explore the tension between the dense edges of her colour fields. New York design duo Chen Chen & Kai Williams, who focus on exploring materials and inventive ways to use them, will debut lighting made with a technique in which liquid zinc is poured over glass spheres to generate clusters of stained glass that diffuse light.
TLmag (feat. with Spazio Nobile Phantasmagoria Group Show with Laetitia Bica (BE), Chen & Williams (US), Alexia de Ville (BE), Kaspar Hamacher (BE), Isaac Monté (BE), Kustaa Saksi (FI), Bela Silva (PT), Frederik Vercruysse (BE))TLmag is an international biannual print and online magazine dedicated to curating and capturing the collectible
culture. Based between Brussels and Paris since 2008, it has evolved for a decade with creative influencers that have shaped the contemporary art and design scene. In 2018, TLmag celebrates its 10 years anniversary. Spazio Nobile that is located in the dynamic and cosmopolitan Ixelles neighbourhood of Brussels (Belgium) has been created as the partner gallery, physical space and creative platform of TLmag since 2016. It has already organized seven strong thematic exhibitions in close connection with the biannual and online magazine TLmag, curated by Lise Coirier and her creative agency Pro Materia. Within Spazio Nobile, Lise Coirier has united with her partner Gian Giuseppe Simeone, both her passion for design and art history, initiating a dialogue between contemporary applied arts, design and photography. Commissioning unique pieces, limited editions and installations that are both experimental and artistic, with a particular sensibility to everything nature and minerality, the gallery organises four to five exhibits each year, dedicated to both rising and established talents, without creating borders between the disciplines, the visual arts dialoguing with the fine arts. For COLLECTIBLE, Spazio Nobile exhibits a group show Phantasmagoria reuniting eight designers and photographers while hosting a VIP-lunch on Saturday 10 March at their gallery in the framework of its Season VII – Die Werkstatt with Damien Gernay, Kaspar Hamacher, Jonas Loellmann, Valentin Loellmann and Fabian von Spreckelsen. Bookings are mandatory at email@example.com
Food & Drinks 2018
Restaurant by Point Albert
Caterer Point Albert hosts a rooftop restaurant offering exquisite savoury culinary experiences made with carefully selected seasonal products.
07.03: 12h – 21h
08.03: 15h – 21h
09.03: 15h – 21h
10.03: 12h – 21h
11.03: 12h – 21h
The HOPE, a Brussels-based not-for-profit association that combines drinks, food, art, design and music, presents a real bar as a decor in a booth. Like a booth to booze. During the fair The HOPE will give you a bit of art, a bit of drink and—what we’ve been told—the best sandwiches in town.
Open during fair opening hours.
Deli Shop by Point Albert with sandwiches by The HOPE
Open during fair opening hours.