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BELGIAN IRREVERENCE

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Angèle made a single with Dua Lipa, Axel Vervoordt has been asked to design the house of the West-Kardashians, Nicolas Di Nicolas Di Felice has been selected as the director of the Courrèges house…

 

The creative world is still passionate about Belgium and its daring and unpredictable talents. Not to mention the COLLECTIBLE international trade fair, the unique MANIERA gallery and the emerging studios with their eclectic universes that extend Belgium’s influence throughout the world. Despite all kinds of clichés and caricatures, Belgians continue to amaze with eternal irreverence. Decipher!

  • Belgian

    Fever

  • Team

    Red devils

  • Design

    Radical

  • Place to be

    Antwerp

Angèle, Lous and The Yakuza, Claire Laffut, Charlotte Abramow… Belgian pop-culture reveals itself to the world, embodied by a creative, charismatic and committed youth. Between an assumed feminism, unusual universes and a natural casualness, the new generation of Belgian artists imposes its style without difficulty.

Muller Van Severen
Muller Van Severen
Muller Van Severen

A strong character that can also be found in the design area. Minimal lines, colorblocks and combinations of singular and playful shapes… The Muller Van Severen design duo Muller Van Severen has been making Belgian design for a few years now with its sculptural collections that are both functional and contemplative, blurring the boundaries between art and design.

Muller Van Severen
"Kamer Renee" collection of the architecture agency De Vylder Vinck Taillieu - Gallery Maniera
Koenraad Dedobbeleer - Maniera Gallery

Another must know of the Belgian creative scene: the very singular Brussels gallery MANIERA founded by Amaryllis Jacobs and Kwinten Lavigne, which disrupts design by revealing emerging architectural well-known people and deliberately confronting the two fields.

Studio Anne Holtrop - Maniera Gallery
Theoreme Editions at the COLLECTIBLE 2020 trade fair in Brussels
Collectible - Paris Design Week 2020
"POEME BRUT" exposition COLLETIBLE by Bram Vanderbeke

COLLECTIBLE, the international design fair trade of the 21st century has also enabled Brussels to become one of the great design capitals. Experimental in its approach and unique of its kind, it has become in three years a must for creation, revealing at each edition the work of young remarkable designers.

Zaventem Atelier - Photos : Frederik Vercruysse
Atelier Arno Declercq

In this wake, the creative hive Ateliers Zaventem is another proof of Belgium’s creative and artisanal effervescence. Arno Declercq, Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte, Stan Van Steendam, Brut Collective… Around thirty craftsmen, designers and artists have taken up residence on this site to awaken synergies.

Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte
Brut collective
Destroyers / Builders
Brut Collective

The purity of raw materials, their sculptural and sensory character, but also the architecture are particularly present in Belgian creation. The five designers behind the Brut Collective studio – including Linde Freya Tangelder, founder of Destroyers/Builders – quickly conquered the world of design with their private collections straight out of an archaeological site.

Brut Collective
Brut Collective
Chevalier-Masson
LRNCE
Chevalier-Masson
Nortstudio
Nortstudio

The Belgian design also shows a lot of derision and lightness, always with finesse and subtlety. The cylindrical and colorful stools by Nortstudio, the mushroom-shaped lamp by Jos Devriendt or the ingenious armchair by Jean-Francois D’Or are some good examples.

Jos Devriendt
Jean-Francois D’Or
Jean-Francois D’Or
Flagship Icicle by Bernard Dubois

Aesop, Courrèges, Icicle, Valextra… The biggest brands have recently called upon the Belgian architect Bernard Dubois and his pure, quilted elegance – which was revealed at the Architecture Biennial in 2014 – to create their flagships.

Collection de mobilier entre Bernard Dubois et Isaac Reina à la galerie Maneira
Courrèges Flagship Store by Bernard Dubois
Courrèges Flagship Store by Bernard Dubois
Nicolas Di Felice directeur artistique Courrège

Another promising figure in Belgian creation is Nicolas Di Felice, the new artistic director of Courrèges. At the age of 37, this « protégé of Nicolas Ghesquière » promises a new lease of life for the French company with his resolutely optimistic style.

Dries Van Noten summer 2020
Tom Van der Borght

If there is one area in which Belgium expresses itself irreverently, it is fashion. Anthony Vaccarello, Raf Simons, Martin Margiela, Jean Paul Lespagnard, Dries Van Noten… Belgian designers are shaking up fashion with their vibrant and radical universes.

Tom Van der Borght
Jean Paul Lespagnard
Jean Paul Lespagnard
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