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.
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.