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Designer Nel Verbeke

The sound of time

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Description

An hourglass is balanced in an elegant holder, delicately counterweighted by a copper ball and mounted on
a blackened, wooden base. The form of the hourglass consists of two conoidal components joined at their
narrowest points. Their opaque manifestation makes them enigmatic, almost mysterious.
It is within the act that the hourglass reveals its secret. As it is turned over, inner material travels from top to
bottom, generating a sound: the sound of time.
When considered as an instrument, the object deconstructs time and its usual metre, allowing us moments of
contemplation and introspection, detached from utility or pragmatism.
This is time absorbed in itself – the time of time – pronounced only by its own sound.

Limited Edition: 8
Full dimensions (cm)

43x10x70

Weight (kg)

10

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Production Year

2017

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Full dimensions (cm)

43x10x70

Weight (kg)

10

Material

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Production Year

2017

Color

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The designer

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Nel Verbeke
Nel Verbeke (Belgium, 1989) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. With a background in visual art and a specialization in design and design research, Nel Verbeke is primarily a concept designer. Balancing between arts and design, her vocation will always be the emotional potential of shape and space. Fascinated by conceptual thinking, she shies away from the obvious focus. The concept serves as an ‘archway’ over the whole. Throughout her conceptual design practice, Nel Verbeke searches and formulates new arrangements of our material and immaterial surroundings. Her works and collections are alternative compositions of time, space, motion and acts. On the one hand, they question our relation to the ambivalence of our emotions. On the other hand, they suggest that the emotional states of mind could be habitable spaces: shelters for a deepened moment of introspection and contemplation. As a consequence of her motives and methods, Nel Verbeke chooses not to delineate her artistic practice too rigidly. She prefers to explore a peripheral area where the autonomy of the artistic creation always meets a suggestion of its possible use. Her language is poetic and oud of time and so questions our dominant ways of seeing, acting and living. Within her practice, Nel Verbeke collaborates with other designers and slow crafters. She considers the processes of creation as moments where tradition and innovation meet and become part of meaningful designs, responding to the needs and urgencies of our contemporary (co-)existence. Nel Verbeke shows her work in collaboration with Roehrs&Boetsch Gallery, Dutch Invertuals and as a participant of group exhibitions. Her work Mirror / Hourglass is part of the permanent collection of MUDAC, Musée de design et d’arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne (CH).
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Elien Haentjens
Elien Haentjens is the Adorno curator of design destination Brussels. The sound of time by Nel Verbeke is carefully selected as a piece that reflects the local design scene of Brussels. As a local and recognized design expert Elien Haentjens's curation is a quality assurance that buying from Nel Verbeke is a safe investment in the most important design from Brussels right now.

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