The book offers an overview of the original, innovative and qualitative solutions that the traditional textile sector has to offer today. The numerous designs by designers, artists, companies, laboratories and colleges featured in the exhibition give us an insight into how the extensive possibilities and innovative materials of today’s textile sector are being fully exploited. After all, textiles can be found in numerous applications, ranging from clothing, carpets and curtains to bicycles, cars and even the medical sector. Art, science, technology, design and architecture flow effortlessly into one another, reflecting the dynamism of this sector.
Futurotextiles – published at the end of 2008 on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name – is more than just an exhibition catalogue.
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.
It is difficult to compete with the beauty of trees, with their tall grandeur and high tops. And yet, the ambition of the Parckdesign project call lies in the challenge to use urban furniture to emphasise the age-old bond between man and nature, between his artificial interventions and his relationship with plants and flora. Placed in a contemporary context, park furniture expresses the desire to experiment, to test, and to value and discover green spaces in a quest for a more specific identity.
The exhibition SERIAL EATER at CID Grand-Hornu dissects thirty years of experimentation with, and reflection on, the ‘object’ of food. The analysis of Food Design, from its development in the 1990s to its implications today, makes it possible to understand changes in consumption habits and awareness of the ‘food system’.
What type of consumers are we, how do we assess our impact in today’s system and what do we accept on our plates?
Bilingual edition: French/English