HUB - Cleantech Centre “Greenville” (2012)
Greenville involves the renovation and partial restoration of the existing main building of the Houthalen-Helchteren mine site into an incubator for the cleantech industry.
As the legacy of Ann Demeulemeester’s work lives on under the direction of French designer Sebastien Meunier, A Magazine presents an exclusive portfolio by Belgian photographer Zeb Daemen captured in the designer’s native Antwerp. In and around the woodland grottos and outdoor sculptures of Middleheim Park, iconic Belgian model Kim Peers embodies the wild spirit of a pagan deity, wearing designs from the Autumn Winter 2014-2015 collection alongside signature pieces courtesy of the Ann Demeulemeester archive.
Indianen - Longhand Publishers (2014)
A collaborative book making installation.
At Longhand Publishers visitors are being invited to design pages for the books we produce. We developed 3 design workstations with custom software and electronics on which people could design pages. Every book is completely unique, ‘printed’ on the spot by our home made drawing machine. Longhand Publishers is a game with a set of possibilities and a set of constraints. An open playground.
OFFICE KGDVS - Solochair (2014)
The solo chair is n open interpretation of the legendary walking-stick chair ‘No.6822’, as designed by the Austrian Thonet in about 1866, and long out of production. Undone from its actual folding mechanism, it becomes a ‘frozen’ constellation in which a small square table is suspended diagonally above the round seat. The unbalance produced by this side-table in the triangular structure, is countered by an additional weight at the opposite side of the leg, creating a persuasive play of motionless balance.
Quite recently I visited the studio where Philippe had worked during his last years. It looks like a storage room for ideas, a warehouse, a gigantic sketch pad in which to get lost. Everywhere in the space there are motifs that also pop up here and there in paintings, in drawings and in other sketch pads. Texts and figures that are being interpreted and endlessly re-interpreted, such as religious themes from the early Middle Ages, when monks still copied books by hand and often added funny or obscene drawings in the margins.
(Jos De Gruyter)