Today the I Love Belgium team puts a focus on the design work of newly found collective The Ministry of Mass. David Braeckman and Sander Michiels aim to provide comments, criticism and reflection on our current practices as a producing and consuming culture. This translates into a limited series of objects, produced independent and local or objects that reflect on the diminishing relation between Man and Nature. Read the rest of this entry »
The I Love Belgium team supports Belgium loving firms, one of those is Colect. Colect is an all Belgian design label that, since 1998, promotes Belgian design furniture. In their range you’ll find minimalistic (yeah, we Belgians quite love that), detailed and pure designs going from office desks till garden furniture. For the new photo shoot they relied on Belgian talent Julien Lanoo to capture the spirit of Colect. Read the rest of this entry »
Superier, the design venue curated by Quinze & Milan, runs simultaneously with the 22nd design Biennale Interieur. Unlike Interieur, Superieur brings together several fields of design in a gallery like environment. The partners include rapid prototype design firm .MGX by Materialise, high quality carpet label B.I.C.-Carpets, 3form with a “Falling Panels” installation and Eastpak who provides an overview of their collabs (think Raf Simons, Eley Kishimoto and Rick Owens) Read the rest of this entry »
Some emerging young designers are paving the roads for a contemporary Belgian design legacy. The one that jumps out the most is Brussels born Sylvain Willenz. After studying at the Royal College of Art in London, he opened his Brussels based studio in 2004. Since then he created an impressive collection design objects, ranging from lightning products to furniture.
You could call him the master of mass production, as all of his products are made with a strong sense of process knowledge. Combining this with a love for materials (rubber being one of his fetish) plus a straightforward approach and you end up with simple yet strong design solutions. His products are fresh, designed for the current market, but still fun, approachable, and desirable. Read the rest of this entry »