Reflections in Mining Water by Ruben Castro during #beyondfoodanddesign and #limblogdesigntour
- 09:00 / Hotel
- 09:30 / Company Visit
- 11:10 / Coffee with...
- 12:35 / Lunch
- 15:05 / Company Visit
- 17:00 / Drinks
- 18:00 / Hotel
- 19:00 / Diner
- 20:00 / Closing Party
- 22:00 / Hotel YUP
- 22:15 / Foto's en Dagverslag
Design Flanders is responsible for promoting contemporary and high-quality Flemish design to companies, governments and the general public. It does so with the conviction that Flanders boasts an abundance of design talent. Whether it relates to industrial design, ceramics, graphic design or jewellery design: we have global players in all these disciplines. This formidable talent deserves to be promoted, so that Flemish design secures the necessary impact and appeal both in Belgium and abroad.
Alain Monnens (°1969) graduated with honours as an industrial designer at the media & design academy in Genk. After working at npk industrial design bv in Leiden, the Netherlands he washed ashore in West-Flanders, where he had the pleasure to work for several design companies.
In 2000, he took his first steps as an independent designer and in 2006, founded his design studio idam bvba.
"I don't like products with decorations or additions that don't add anything. My designs aren't contrived and don't scream for attention. The key question is: how can I make this easy and simple? How can you create an object that is free of the unnecessary without sacrificing functionality?"
It is this quest that forms the constant in his work. Along with lighting, Monnens also designs bowls and furniture. Quite a broad repertoire, one might think – but he doesn't necessarily draw a line between the different forms. "It's not hard to come up with new things, because ideas are not in short supply. You shouldn't be restricted by products or materials. Designing for different sectors also works as a form of cross-pollination."
As from 2005 he is also teaching design and form at Howest | Industrial Design Center in Kortrijk (West-Flanders, Belgium).
Over the years he won various design awards, including a Henry Van de Velde Label and several red dot design awards.
Bram Boo (°1971, Brussels) is a self-made independent designer. He became a furniture designer because he couldn't find the furniture he wanted for his own home. His furniture objects are autonomous objects. Not only do they surprise, they are also unique and full of poetry: ambiguous objects which force the viewer/user to re-think his familiar habits.
Bram Boo's idiom resides in his combined functions: sitting, storing, working and leisure must not contradict or exclude each other. He breaks rules and rewrites them according to his own laws. He now designs for a number of Belgian and international manufacturers and brands. His work features in the collections of Indera (BE), Feld (BE), Bulo (BE) and Drisag (BE).
Bram Boo was Designer of the Year in 2010.
Frederik Delbart Design Studio is an independent creative office located in Brussels and Hasselt (Belgium), active in product design, strategic design management, graphic design and consultancy. Inspired by textures and structures, the main purpose of the studio is creating honest and simple objects. By having a critical approach on the way objects are used and look, every step of the “design process” is deeply analysed and regarded with respect for the user, the manufacturer and the editor.