Designers

Desingers

  • Nathalie Van der Massen (°88) is a designer working in the fields of textile,…
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  • Nel Verbeke (Belgium, 1989) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. With a background in visual…
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  • The multi-medial work of Bram Van Breda is a continuous exploration of our surroundings…
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  • I saw my first Design exhibition when I was 5 years old. Later I…
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  • Our manifesto Contrary to common belief, cork offers both sophisticated functionality and hearth-warming textures while respecting…
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  • PaulinePlusLuis is a design studio based in Brussels, created by Pauline Capdo and Luis…
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  • Bram Vanderbeke is a Belgian designer based in Ghent, and describes himself as a…
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  • Originally from Surinam, grown up in the Netherlands and now settled in Antwerp. Bouterse…
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  • Product and material designer Linde Freya Tangelder (6-10-1987) is born in The Netherlands, and…
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  •   Designer and artisan metalworker Kevin Oyen (°1986) is described as a master smitty. He…
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  • Peter Donders (born 1965) worked for fifteen…
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  • Yves Pauwels is an autodidact. As a child, he grew up literally under the…
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  • SEP VERBOOM With his label Livable designer Sep Verboom (°1990, works in Ghent) cooperates with…
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Articles

From the Curator

Although Belgium is a very small European country, the resonance of its creative landscape can be felt far and wide. In the Middle Ages, artists such as Jan van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden made delicate paintings that are now shown in the most prestigious museums around the world. Later, Pieter Paul Rubens, René Magritte, James Ensor, and Marcel Broodthaers contributed to this rich artistic tradition.

If we’re looking for the origin of design, we have to go back to the end of the nineteenth century, when the Art Nouveau movement got also the power in Belgium. Leading figures such as Victor Horta and Henry Van de Velde saw their projects as a ‘gesamtkunstwerk’. They not only designed the architecture, but also the interior. While Victor Horta got famous for his organic, flamboyant lines, Henry Van de Velde worked according to the idea ‘form follows function’.

In addition to this industrial production, the contemporary design sector in Belgium became very diverse. It goes from graphic design over social and experience design to unique and limited edition designart pieces, of which you find a selection on Adorno. The significant growth of these collectible pieces went hand in hand with the renewed interest in crafts and unique handmade pieces. Following this trend, a lot of the young designers don’t only design their pieces, but also make them in their own workshop.

If you’re looking for a typical piece of Belgian design, it will be difficult to find it. As our country is the result of a cultural mix between German and Latin influences – it is divided in a Dutch, French and smaller German-speaking part -, and as we don’t have a strong nationalistic feeling, the creative outcome can be very different. Although a poetic, emotional and sometimes even surreal touch is never far away.