Design in its raw state, or almost

The collection is called Alltubes and it says everything about the challenge taken up by the couple of Flemish designers and artists Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen, from the studio Muller Van Severen: to create chairs, benches and cabinets with the sole material of aluminum tubes.A preview presented by the Valerie Traan gallery on Collectible - an international fair dedicated to 21st century design, which closed its doors on Sunday March 8 in Brussels -, it is emblematic of a form of minimalist writing that continues to rampant in Northern Europe."The design and repetition of round shapes make these objects appear less austere, tempers Veerle Wenes, head of the Valerie Traan gallery, based in Antwerp.This also produces a very sensual wave effect, which allows in the light of playing on the surface of objects ”, specifies the gallery owner, who, in 2011, revealed the talent of this Belgian duo, by offering their very first pieces of furniture.

Behind the apparent simplicity of the Alltubes series hides a technical feat, since there are no handles, door openings, hinges or visible joints.Opening the door of a small cabinet is is to discover the lace of the pipes which compose it.These minimalist pieces will not detract at the Villa Cavrois de Croix (North), this modernist masterpiece by Mallet-Stevens which will house, from March 17 to October 18, the first retrospective creators - just in their forties - from Muller Van Severen, for what should be one of the highlights of Lille 2020, the world capital of design.

Another nice shot from Veerle Wenes at the Collectible fair: this first line of furniture by the architectural duo Gijs Van Vaerenbergh (Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh), known until now for their urban installations, such as the unique Reading between the Church lines ("to read between the lines"), near the village of Looz (Belgium), made up of horizontal steel plates through which the sky is inscribed.They signed this refined library whose lines seem to be born from a throw mikado, and this horizontal arrangement pierced with steel discs, like a contemporary evocation of the discobolus of Antiquity.

Posted Date: 2020-09-14

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