For this edition, the theme chosen was beauty. This book, which is based on the exhibition at the KMSK, contains a number of articles about beauty and an overview of the participating designers. Beauty is examined on the basis of chairs and bowls, starting with an archetype of these objects and ending with highly exuberant or atypical chairs and bowls. This selection is complemented by a limited number of other objects. In this way, the unity and heterogeneity of beauty is brought to the fore. Furthermore, contemporary design is confronted with historical pieces, chosen by Belgian designers.
Throughout the centuries, silverware has been a source of inspiration for many artists. Religious silverware raised the profession to unprecedented heights, but in the course of the 20th century commissions became scarce. More and more studios had to close their doors and monumental silverwork soon disappeared into the background. Gradually, training also left something to be desired. Father Rob and son Jaap Thalen’s dream is to make the very best again: objects, utensils and works of art in silver such as have been hard to find for a long time. Monumental creations for which both the old craftsmanship and the most advanced techniques are required. Their designs take shape in Francorchamps, Belgium, and are appreciated worldwide.