Jeroen Martens, director of the Zilvermuseum Sterckshof (Antwerp) describes their work as follows: It is striking how father and son Thalen excel in their knowledge of historical and contemporary silversmithing techniques. The purity and apparent simplicity of their designs make their work seem effortless. It is a testament to their excellent craftsmanship. The source of their work is their passion and love for silver. Their talent for design and their understanding of the possibilities of fine silver make the work of Thalen & Thalen so special. Their most recent work is both useful and beautifully crafted in its purity. Their designs bring silver back into everyday life. They not only make unattainable art objects, but also very accessible wine and champagne goblets, cutlery, sugar bowls…’.
This book will also be published as a catalogue to accompany an exhibition at the Zilvermuseum.
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.