Selection committee 2019

  • Siegrid Demyttenaere

    Co-Publisher and Co-Editor of DAMN° Magazine,
    Art Director

  • Marcus Fairs

    Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen Magazine

  • Constance Rubini

    Director MADD-bordeaux,
    President of CNAP – Centre National d’Art Plastique, France

  • Alice Stori Liechtenstein

    Design Curator,
    Founder of Schloss Hollenegg for Design

COLLECTIBLE is fostering strong collaborations with museums, institutions, specialised media, material company and food design studios. These are all part of the platform we create to offer visitors the best experience of contemporary collectible design.

COLLECTIBLE partners with Dezeen, the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazine, and the winner of numerous awards for journalism and publishing.

Collaborations 2019

  • Studio Verter (The Netherlands)

    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.
    With their practice they aim to produce a clear architecture that differentiates evident spaces with attention to detail and materiality, invariably relating to the capacity of architecture to contain the activities of daily life. The produced projects are part of an evolving research into material, composition and experiential qualities, showing an understanding of context through architectural detail, regardless of scale or program. It is here, where intentions and practice coincide, where their interest lies.

    Previous work includes commissioned research projects like their work for ONSBANK and private interiors. They have participated in several international design competitions and have most recently completed the scenography for the 50th edition of the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk.
    Their work has been widely published in international publications including FRAME Magazine and Icon Magazine. Currently, they are working on several research projects and a series of private commissions.

    Claudio Saccucci (Rome, 1986) studied architecture at University la Sapienza of Rome and holds a Master’s degree of Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. He is a co-founder of Studio Verter and has previously worked at BIG in Copenhagen, OMA in Rotterdam and TRANS Architectuur en Stedenbouw in Ghent. He has been a visiting tutor and an invited external critic for the University Ku-Leuven and he is currently a tutor at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design.

    Roxane van Hoof (Amsterdam, 1990) holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Delft University of Technology. She is a co-founder of Studio Verter and has previously worked at GAFPA in Ghent and at META Architectuurbureau in Antwerp.  Her writing has been featured in international publications.

  • Design Collections in Belgium (feat. ADAM - Brussels Design Museum, CID au Grand-Hornu & Design Museum Gent (joint presentation of pieces of their museal collections) )

    What does a design collection represent today? How do public and private institutions define the orientations of their collections? On the occasion of COLLECTIBLE 2019, Design Museum Gent, the ADAM – Brussels Design Museum and the CID – center of innovation and design at Grand-Hornu will jointly exhibit their latest acquisitions and donations. The collection of Design Museum Gent ranges from the XVth century to the present day. Its collection policy currently focuses on the history of Belgian design, design for living and current international design masterpieces. CID collects design works of the last 40 years that hold a significant place in Belgian design. Apart from its multi-dimensional programme of temporary exhibitions, the design museum in Brussels, the ADAM, conserves and valorises plastic design from the 1960s to today.


    ADAM – Brussels Design Museum
    Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni (IT)
    Alain Gilles (BE)
    Christophe Pillet (FR)
    Fabio Novembre (IT)
    Gianni Arnaudo (IT)
    Grupo Strum (IT)
    Jean Partenay (FR)
    Konstantin Grcic (DE)
    Patricia Urquiola (ES)
    Paula Cademartori (BR)
    Robert Obernheim (DE)
    Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec (FR)
    Theo Möller, Ingo Maurer and team (DE)

    CID au Grand-Hornu
    Aldo Bakker (NL)
    Benoît Deneufbourg (BE)
    Filip Dujardin (BE)
    Mathilde Pellé (FR)
    nendo (CA/JP)
    Rikkert Paauw (NL)
    Stéphane Margolis (FR)
    Sylvain Willenz (BE)

    Design Museum Gent
    Aldo Bakker (NL)
    Anne Marie Laureys (BE)
    Antoine Van Loocke (BE)
    atelier lachaert dhanis (BE)
    Casimir (BE)
    Glithero (GB/NL)
    Max Lamb (GB)
    Mischer’Traxler (AT)
    nendo (CA/JP)
    Octave Vandeweghe (BE)
    OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen (BE)
    Roxane Lahidji (FR)
    Sophie Rowley (NZ)
    Tamara Orjola (RU)


  • Hortamuseum (Belgium)

    The Hortamuseum is located in the private house and studio of Victor Horta (1861–1947). Built between 1898 and 1901 at 23-25, rue Américaine in Saint-Gilles, Brussels, the two buildings are typical of Art Nouveau at its height. The interior decoration has largely been retained, the mosaics, stained glass, and wall decorations forming a harmonious and elegant interior, down to the last detail.

    Elisabeth Horth (BE)


  • The Noguchi Museum (USA) (feat. Akari Unfolded, A Collection by YMER&MALTA (France))

    Light Fragments
    YMER&MALTA (FR) / nendo (CA/JP)
    PMMA, metal and led
    Limited edition of 12 pieces

    The Noguchi Museum was founded and designed by internationally-renowned American artist Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988), for the display of what he considered to be representative examples of his life’s work. As a whole, the Museum provides an intimate, reflective space in which to experience Noguchi’s sculpture and design, fulfilling a vision that the artist deemed essential to his life’s work. Today, the Museum regularly presents temporary exhibitions in dialogue with these permanent installations, offering a rich, contextualised view of Noguchi’s work and his enduring influence on contemporary culture.

    At the crossroads of design, art and craftsmanship, YMER&MALTA occupies a very particular niche in the furniture world. It opens up new paths of expression at the intersection of arts and crafts and modernism, of skills and innovation, while combining design precision with virtuosity and the freedom of the artisan’s hand or that of the machine with computer numerical controls. Combining traditional art professions with cutting edge innovation, YMER&MALTA gives fresh, innovative impetus to the French cultural heritage.


    Akari Unfolded: A Collection by YMER&MALTA
    at The Noguchi Museum until 14 April 2019.

  • DAMN° (Belgium) (feat. Klaas Rommelaere (Belgium) & Wendy Andreu (France))

    DAMN° is an independent quarterly magazine with an opinionated vision on contemporary culture. We bring in-depth coverage to readers at the intersection between design, art and architecture. Editorially we connect our themes to broader issues and build a cohesive bridge between research, culture and industry. In making meaningful connections rather than dictating tastes, DAMN°’s 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.

    DAMN° is proud to present Klaas Rommelaere (BE) and Wendy Andreu (FR). Respectively an artist and a designer, what they have in common is the medium in which they work: textiles. Rommelaere’s eye-popping textile artworks incorporate a myriad of motifs from skulls to teen TV, while Andreu’s innovative architectural textile can be viewed as an image, worn or sat on. Textiles: the ultimate way to spin a good yarn.


  • Sight Unseen (USA) (feat. Landscape by Objects of Common Interest (USA/Greece))

    Founded by Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov, 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 launch 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. In 2014, the editors behind Sight Unseen also launched Sight Unseen OFFSITE, a design fair that runs during New York Design Week in May and serves as its most exciting platform for new ideas and talents.

    Objects of Common Interest was founded by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis with a focus on creating still life installations and experiential environments and objects, demonstrating an interest in materiality, concept, and tangible spatial experiences. The pair aims to create projects that strike a balance between long-lasting and ephemeral projects, and to create objects that arise from an abstract realm and are enriched with layers of conceptual meaning — moments of unfamiliar simplicity, sculptural and material self-expression, structural articulation. Their work has stems from an amalgamation of thinking and making between two diverse poles, Greece and New York. It switches between the formal and the intuitive, embracing the handmade and the tactile, the experimental and the poetic.


  • COLLECTIBLE Design Advisory Service Guiding you in acquiring collectible design (in collaboration with dotsandplanes)

    Unique to design fairs, COLLECTIBLE has dedicated a space on the 5th floor of the Vanderborght where you can receive guidance in making your first steps into buying contemporary collectible design. The same way art advisor works in the field of contemporary art, COLLECTIBLE has commissioned dotsandplanes to welcome our visitors desiring to know more about our exhibitors and how they can start collecting. In a lounge specifically designed for this purpose, they will share insights in the contemporary design scene, present must-sees and facilitate introductions to COLLECTIBLE’s exhibitors.

    dotsandplanes is the network organisation founded by An Michiels and Joost Vanhecke that specialises in curated inspiration tours and programmes for interior designers and architects. For COLLECTIBLE, they broaden their expertise to benefit our collectors and guide them in the world of collectible design to help them find pieces that answer their desire for unique, beautiful and personalised environments.

  • The Kids Corner (in collaboration with EcoBirdy & CID (Centre for Innovation and Design in Grand-Hornu))

    Located on the panoramic floor of the building (+5), the Kids Corner welcomes your children from 4 to 12 years, during opening hours on Saturday 16 March (12:00 pm to 8:00 pm) and Sunday 17 (12:00 pm to 7:00 pm) to participate to an original and sustainable workshop given by the educational team of the Centre for Innovation and Design in Grand-Hornu (CID).

    The scenography of the Kids Corner is made by EcoBirdy designs which creates unique and beautiful furniture pieces entirely made recycled plastic waste. All of the design, recycling and production of are done in Europe.

Talks 2019

  • Undoing the mass production damage: why are collectible designers turning to re-use of waste materials? (Moderated by: Laura Houseley (Editor in Chief Modern Design Review, owner MDR Gallery))

    Design has always been marked by choice of material and how they are handled, used and crafted. The current panorama of the young creation shows a overwhelming use of waste material such as leather, jeans, newspaper, plastic, etc. Collectible designers are aligning strong design with a strong ecological message as if they tried to undo the damages of mass production. What sort of practices can be highlighted, why is there such a predominance these days and what are the actual impacts?

    With: Jan Boelen (Artistic Director Z33 in Hasselt & Atelier LUMA in Arles), Wendy Andreu (Designer), Théophile Blandet (Designer), Roxane Lahidji (Designer)

  • The collectible design ecosystem: what can we learn from the art world? (Moderated by: Gabrielle Kennedy (DAMN° Editor))

    Contemporary collectible design is increasingly present on the forefront of the design scene with new events converging art and design. That section of design tends to follow a system that is well known by the art crowd: galleries, representations, fairs, secondary market. This departs greatly from the regular product design system that is made of brands and large studios. If art has developed a reputation of unregulated market, it seems that design is even further from any form of regulations, contractual relationships, etc. Is there anything design can learn from the art market? Is it even desirable? How can we contribute to make this ecosystem healthy and benefitting for the designers?

    With: Valérie Maltaverne (founder YMER&MALTA), Antonella Villanova (Owner and Director GALLERIA ANTONELLA VILLANOVA)

  • Design in public collections (Moderated by: Dieter Van Den Storm)

    What does a design collection represent today? How does public and private institutions define the orientation of their collection? How to distinguish it from an art collection? What are the challenges for the selection? What are the issues faced in conservation? What are the iconic pieces? What are the procedures regarding acquisition and donation? Major French and Belgian institutions will try to answer those questions through three presentations: The design collection, decorative arts and craftsmanship of the CNAP, the collecting agency of France; The design collection of the Centre Pompidou: from modernity to numerical technology andDesign collection in Belgium. Three stories.

    With: Marie-Ange Brayer (Head of the design and prospective industries department of the Mnam-Cci, Centre Pompidou), Sandra Cattini (head of the design collection and decorative arts of the Cnap- National Center of Fine Arts) and Marie Pok (director of CID, Centre for Innovation and Design in Grand-Hornu)

Food Design Experiences 2019

  • Culinary Chief Isabelle Arpin & Designer Charles Kaisin (Belgium)

    “La Vie En Rose” by Isabelle Arpin & Charles Kaisin crafted an experience set inside a pink monochrome.

    Celebrating joy and design. A unique chance to try Isabelle Arpin’s incredible cuisine in a scenography by Charles Kaisin who is launching a new limited edition of glass: RectoVerso.
  • Diptych (The Netherlands)

    Dedicated to the materiality of desires and the visualisation of cravings, *diptych*. lets you immerse in a moment of fine dining that will expose you to unique flavour design. The dishes are created on the spot by artist Ola Lanko and introduce a different perspective on contemporary collectible design.

  • The Eatelier (The Netherlands)

    The Eatelier is a food design studio, which focuses on translating scientific research, socio-cultural trends and technological innovation into the world of food. We develop research and interdisciplinary insights, which we then translate into food and hospitality concepts. Furthermore, we facilitate in realizing these projects and experiences. We aim to initiate product innovation and to create compelling culinary experiences for a wide variety of audiences in order to create a delicious, healthier and sustainable future.

  • Sonia Verguet (France)

    Let’s play !

    How can design stimulate contact between people that do not know each other? That is the goal of Let’s play, the project of French designer Sonia Verguet. She conceived trays made with two different parts – a part for playing a simple game and a part to display food. To get the chance to eat, the waiter and the guest will have to play with each other. Interact. Talk. Smile… Experience together! The food the guest will eat will become food for his mind and not only for his body.


    Inventory of the Blue was created while French designer Sonia Verguet was in residency at the International Studio in Jingdezhen – the capital of ceramics in China. Her food experience stems from her experience there where she focussed on traditional aspects of porcelain. She worked with the colour blue, the main colour used in China, however used many different glazes of blue, sadly not often used. Inventory of the Blue bring this strong old tradition to nowadays by creating a shape that highlights 45 different glazes where food will be displayed. Beautiful textures found in food will stand out as material to look before being eaten. Food for the eyes, for our minds, our memories.