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published on 15.11.2022

Contemporary Design Market x Adorno: 10 top design pieces to discover

The fourth edition of the Contemporary Design Market, organised by Flanders DC, Brussels Design September and Wallonie Design, took place on 24 and 25 September in Tour & Taxis in Brussels. Together with Adorno, the exposure and sales platform offered a digital experience for a selection of participating designers to share and sell their practices with international audiences.

International platform Adorno presents Out of the Box, a Belgian collection of ten unique designs curated by Elien Haentjens, which explores individual expression and diversity in design. Featuring the work of both established names and emerging talents, this selection visualises the melting pot that is Belgium. A multiplicity of materials, techniques and design philosophies — in addition to personal histories — punctuate the collection, illustrating the breadth and ingenuity of the contemporary Belgian design scene. Strict typologies are left behind, while seemingly banal materials are transformed for a high-end context and meaningful stories are intertwined as an extra emotional layer.

Gilles Mayk Navangi & Pieter Bostoen

For this collaboration, Pieter Bostoen and Gilles Mayk Navangi dug deep into their interests, motivations, and worldviews in order to come up with a project representative of their respective identities. From there on, the idea was born of making objects that honour the fauna and flora. The results are ceramic vessels symbolising endangered animals. These objects are jars, totems, meditative sculptures, which advocate contemplation and benevolence towards the animal kingdom.

© Hugo Boutry

© Hugo Boutry

Noro Khachatryan

Post is a series of minimalistic archetypes, composed by two elements, sculpted in white onyx. The objects can be placed upside down, and be used as a side table or a pedestal. Noro’s practice ranges from sculptural objects to architectural design, elements for public and residential spaces, blending traditional craftsmanship with analytical gestures and natural materials.

© Yves Krol

© Yves Krol

Thibeau Scarcériaux

c.1[bpg] is a glass lounge chair that has been shot with no visible connections. The glass chair exemplifies a fascination with immateriality and structural integrity. Formed solely from planes of clear bulletproof glass, the chair’s solid state seems to dissolve. Almost invisible, these planes, without tangible support, hang in the air but with small details and a huge story behind it.