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New Talent in the City of Kortrijk

We have already posted about the Biennale Interieur Expo itself, but perhaps even more interesting was the city program – a visually-linked trail on Buda Island in the heart of Kortrijk, described by organizers as “an inspirational route with young design talent, cultural installations and spaces of encounter.”

11.25.14 | By
New Talent in the City of Kortrijk
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InHale by Ben Storms: a marble block weighing over 200kg carried on an inflated metal cushion.

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Columbian industrial designer Heidi Jalkh created the triHEX stool from a single piece of tubular steel and a hexagonal wooden seat.

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I love these lamps by Renate Vos made of concrete and silicone rubber, part of Ventura Interieur by Ventura Projects – the same people who are behind Ventura Lambrate in Milan and Ventura London.

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The Collar chair by freelance interior architect Esmeralda Misseghers was part of an exhibition called We Are The Next Generation, showcasing new designers from across the globe.

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In the same exhibition was Kurkkruk by Joop Couwenberg, a cantilevered stool made from a biocomposite made from used cork bottle stoppers and steel, designed to support active sitting. The seat can be removed and the frames stacked horizontally.

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Tight is a chair by Wouter Defrancq that is assembled without the need for glue or nails. It consists of a single wooden frame, held tight with a strap that becomes the seat and back.

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Lars Rank’s Dots tableware collection consists of 13 multipurpose elements decorated with dots in five different colors: light blue, light green, coral red, light grey and white.

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Belgian interior architect Filip Janssens’ furniture takes the trend for all things geometric to a whole new level.

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I loved Danuta Wlodarska’s side tables in pastel shades with tabletops that really celebrate the natural grain of the wood.

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Lenscape by recent graduate Kine Solberg is a window panel made from circular lenses designed to distort the view of the landscape beyond.

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And finally, inspired by his own studio apartment, Reinaart Vandersloten’s Space Plus is a reflective sculptural shelf when closed, and a felt desk complete with pinboard and pockets when open.

Katie Treggiden is a purpose-driven writer and keynote speaker championing a circular approach to design – because Planet Earth needs better stories. With 20 years' experience in the creative industries, she regularly contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Crafts Magazine and Monocle24 – as well as being Editor at Large for Design Milk. She is currently exploring the question ‘can craft save the world?’ through an emerging body of work that includes her fifth book, Wasted: When Trash Becomes Treasure (Ludion, 2020), and a podcast, Circular with Katie Treggiden.