The strength and stiffness of the fibres, combined with the lightness of plastics or bioplastics, inspires designers to create light, energy-efficient products. At the same time, composite materials allow great freedom of form. Designing with composite materials is situated in a context of social challenges: global warming, ecological impact, sustainability, mobility issues, population ageing, digitalisation. Equally important is how the properties of composite materials form the starting point for utility objects in which high-tech connects with artistic imagination, poetry, contrary beauty, craftsmanship and old and new cultural customs.
Unconstrained, poetic and timeless. That is how we can characterise the designs of Jean-François D’Or. The Belgian Designer of the Year 2013 does not put himself in the spotlight with large showpieces, but with his special talent he leaves his own mark on the field of smaller home and interior accessories such as bowls, lamps, vases, coat racks, door handles, mirrors,… Small touches that in all subtlety colour an interior and at the same time very ‘democratic’ design that can seduce a large public.