Belgium is Design: ‘Reflections’ designs that play’s with image
One of the highlight in Milan Design Week
The reflection or mirror image is the thread running through this year‘s exhibition from Belgium is Design at the Triennale di Milano. In Reflections this theme not only takes shape in mirrors but also in objects and surfaces created by glass and pol- ished metal, showing the light reflecting qualities of both and the way mirror images emerge literally and incidentally.
In Reflections there are each and every kind of mirrors, designs that play with the image and its double as well as light reflection. This is not a presentation of ordinary flat glass mirrors with-or-without a frame. All are the work of Belgian designers and mostly produced in Belgium, with a mirror manufacturer, as a special edition for a company or in-house, while others are in the collections of international companies. One Belgian company is Deknudt Mirrors, which since 1946 has played a leading role in the production of flat glass. And for several years its sister company Reflect+, has been working with leading Belgian designers including Bart Lens, Jean-François D’Or and Stefan Schöning to produce more exclusive versions for the market.
Many smaller Belgian businesses are also certain to have one or more mirrors in their collec- tions (Linadura with Mathias Van de Walle, Objekten with Sylvain Willenz, Valerie Traan with Diane Steverlynck). And then there are the many Belgian designers that have developed mir- rors for companies based outside of the country (Marina Bautier for Ligne Roset, Xavier Lust for FIAM). While back home, Michaël Bihain, Linde Hermans, Nathalie Dewez and Bieke & Patrick Hoet have all designed mirrors for their own collections.
‘Belgium is Design’ is a declaration of passion for design, highlighting the unique characteristics of Belgium’s creative production. A joint declaration between the three different regions in the country, it recognizes that Brussels, Flanders and Wal- lonia are host to various talented designers that transcend cultural, linguistic and sociological differences to form a unique style. It is an approach that qualifies the statement ‘Belgium is Design’.
‘Belgium is Design’ is a common label for the collective actions organized in Belgium and abroad by the following institutions: Wallonie-Bruxelles Design Mode, Design Flanders and MAD Brussels – Mode and Design Centre. And it is also enthusiastically supported by the Flemish, Walloon and Brussels export promoting organizations: Brussels Invest & Export, Flanders Investment & Trade and Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency.
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