Today we share with you The Best 2021 Collectible Design Limited Edition. The Fourth Edition of 2021 Collectible Design, the Brussels fair dedicated to twenty-first-century design. The fair provides the opportunity to discover the eclectic array of objects that designers have created in their studios during successive lockdowns.
“The concept came from the confinement, when I was unable to travel and started to work with remnants of wood in my Paris studio,”Kalpakian says.
The repetitive rhythm of the “micro-architecture objects” refers to monuments such as the Baalbeck archaeological site in Lebanon.
As health conditions improve across Europe, many galleries have focused on making upbeat presentations. Etage Projects is featuring Cristian Andersen’s macaron-shaped stools made from painted cork and polyurethane – with bases of cast concrete – and ceramicist Karl Monies’ water vessels with rope handles; prices range from €2,000-€6,000.
“We have chosen a collection of colorful designs, recognizing the need for optimism,”Maria Foerlev, owner of Etage Projects from Copenhagen, says.
“Charles Kalpakian’s series of chiselled, geometric furniture and wall installations”
“Cristian Andersen’s macaron-shaped, pigmented stools made from layers of cast concrete”
Along the same wavelength is Victor Hunt. Dealer’s selection of 14 lights by various designers, titled ‘The lights at the end of the tunnel’. Standouts are Sabine Marcelis’s ‘Rise’ series (2020), exploring the optical illusions of layered, colored mirrors and neon lights, and Laurids Gallée’s ‘Patras’ collection (2020) comprising neon tubes encased in curtains of thread.
Cristian Andersen captured the soft hues of the almond flour cookie in his Macaron stool, rendered in polyurethane, pigments, concrete, and cork. Each piece in the series is signed and unique.
Galerija Vartai from Vilnius is tapping into design’s emotional impact by spotlighting young Lithuanian, Brussels-based designer Barbora Žilinskaitė’s anthropomorphic ‘Roommates Coffee Table’ (2020). Made from wood dust, pigments, and glue, the surface of the hand-sculpted table, priced €5,500, features a smiley face thanks to the leg tops forming a pair of eyes and a mouth.
“It’s about how giving emotional value to objects could change our daily routines,”Toma Monginė, Galerija Vartai’s executive director, remarks.
Elsewhere, House of Today, a non-profit organization in Beirut, is bringing crucial exposure to the emerging Lebanese designers Hala Matta, Stephanie Sayar and Charbel Garibeh, and Mary-Lynn Massoud and Rasha Nawam.
“Following the horrific blast on August 4th last year, House of Today has been even more committed to supporting designers as the current situation in Lebanon has impacted the lives of many of our talents and made their working environment difficult,”
Mattia Tebasti and Charbel Abi-Azar, House of Today’s co-directors, say.
Portugal’s Mircea Anghel has made the striking ‘Pico Rosa’ table (2021) by piercing the tip of a stone base through the wooden tabletop, while France’s Moure Studio has abstracted ideas from nature to create the ‘Silvia’ green enamel dining table, €85,000.
“Some people see a forest, some see an animal, and others see stalactites,”
Ludivine Jalabert, Moure Studio’s founder, says about the conical form of the legs.
By contrast, Belgium’s Brut Collective has drawn upon the urban landscape to develop the modular objects in its new collection, ‘City Remnants’, supported by Carwan Gallery.
“It’s an ironic take on how people like us weren’t shaving during this year of hibernation and how culture was put to one side,”Döppel Studio says about the International Klein Blue renditions by the likes of Verner Panton and Marcel Breuer.