Earlier this year the Belgian architectural studio OFFICE KERSTEN GEERS DAVID VAN SEVEREN and the Dutch architect and artist Anne Holtrop collaborated on a unique set of furniture for Brussels-based design initiative MANIERA. The result was put together in an exhibition simply called “Show,” which ran until June 14 and was curated by photographer Bas Princen, a close friend and frequent collaborator of both parties.
A creation of the Brussels’ couple Amaryllis Jacobs and Kwinten Lavigne, MANIERA avoids the typical white-box presentations for their furniture pieces by showing them in their own loft-like apartment, a former jazz club and lingerie factory near the city’s Gare de Midi.
“Show” consisted of six one-off pieces by Anne Holtrop (all inspired by the stone collection of french philosopher Roger Caillois) and three industrialized tables and a reinterpreted Thonet chair by OFFICE. Oscillating between the artificial and the (seemingly) natural, the show explores the dialogue between industry and craft: whereas OFFICE’s tables are an experiment of structural resistance (they are made by the same L profile in polyester, aluminium and steel), Holtrop’s apparent natural pieces are irregularly cut MDF sheets, precisely hand-painted by a specialized stone and marble painter and topped of with several layers of hard varnish.
MANIERA 01 & 02
74, rue de la Caserne, 1000 Brussels.