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.
Beauty Singular Plural
In 2008, Design Flanders is organising the Triennial of Design for the fifth time, a prestigious exhibition in the Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels, which puts Flemish design in the limelight on the basis of a chosen theme.
The work of self-proclaimed ex-designer Martí Guixé (°1964) can aptly be described as ‘beyond design’. Creating new objects he finds rather ‘superfluous’ and ‘boring’; he prefers to concentrate on ideas, systems and living matter such as food and human behaviour. As a ‘global designer’, Guixé constantly travels back and forth between Berlin and his native Barcelona, analyses situations, rituals and movements and proposes radical solutions with a minimum of ergonomics – simple, immaterial, humorous and often iconoclastic.
Surrealism may be best known as a movement within literature and the fine arts, but the influence of this 20th-century artistic movement in other fields should not be underestimated. Even the world of design and contemporary design does not escape a healthy dose of surreal humour.
Contemporary jewellery design is undoubtedly the result of thousands of years of craftsmanship, tradition and research. Contemporary jewellers still use the same precious metals and gemstones as their predecessors, but continue to experiment with techniques, innovate with new materials and create their own unique concepts.