Design, Crafts – COLLECTIBLE 2023 features a curated selection of established and emerging galleries, design studios, and architects. Archipanic explored the 6th edition of the international fair for 21st-century collectible design on show in Brussels until March 12. Check what we liked the most.
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Paris and Venice-based Studio Edgar Jayet aims to increase the level of attention in the spaces that surround us, to give it more meaning through interior architecture, scenography, design, publishing, and research. The studio showcases Faudesteuil, a portable and collapsible throne reminiscent of Ancient Rome senators’ seats handcrafted from aluminium and hand-spun wool cord.
London-based Béton Brut presents the Low collection by Benni Allan from EBBA Architects. Inspired by recent research trips to Japan, and his background living in China and Southern Spain, the architect explores how every culture has a different relationship to the act of resting. Each piece is made from solid oak and expresses the material’s true characteristics.
Founded in 2017 by Konrad Steffensen and Ronan Le Grand, Corpus Studio creates spaces, objects, places, stories, atmospheres, and environments, fusing architecture, decoration, and design with a unique global vision. At Collectible 2023, it showcases a lamp, a low table, and BB Chair inspired by the voluptuous French diva Brigitte Bardot.
Dutch designer Gert Wessels – represented by Fābula gallery and platform from Moscow – creates work in which forms is created by chance. His typical forms are created ephemeral and reactive by cutting and sawing in polyurethane foam, after which he fixes the object in a fibreglass and acrylic composite.
Belgian gallery ÆTHER/MASS presents seven’ objects in search of a meaning,’ balancing on the border of utility, sculpture and experiment. Despite their minimalist design, each piece is twisted, tuned and distorted to a point where its design takes on new functions or embraces a brand-new, unexpected narrative.
Using materials in unconventional ways, Belgian designer Maarten De Ceulaer expands his ongoing Mutation series that looks like it wasn’t made by hand but has grown organically from cell mutations of chemical reactions. On show also new pieces of the Stain glass collection.
A new gallery from London launched in 2021, the Radford Gallery, eponymous to Max Radford, interior designer and gallerist, will bring a solo show of Lewis Kemmenoe. The British designer created a room divider, a cabinet made with intricate wood details, steel wash basins, and a bold metal stool, all designed with functionality as a priority.
Cofounded by designer Lauriane Heim and Johan Viladrich on an interest in contextual and societal subjects, Heim + Viladrich studio showcases a series of grey, minimalistic poolside furniture with a post-industrial feel made in collaboration with Rotterdam-based designer Laurids Gallée.
All photos by Michèle Margot, courtesy of Collectible 2023.