With three locations in the North of Belgium (Antwerp), HotelO offers travelers a sophisticated, warm, hip, minimalist and totally Belgian Design experience in one of the country's most eclectic and creative cities - Antwerp.
Wednesday October 17, 2012 through Sunday January 6, 2013
Jules Wabbes is one of Belgium's most important furniture designers, yet he remains unknown to the mass public. This exhibition presents, for the first time, a complete overview of his work as 'furniture designer' with a specific focus on the pieces he designed for Foncolin, and his participation at the Milan Triennales in 1957 and 1960. In addition to pictures and original drawings, the exhibit will also feature unique pieces, including prototypes amongst which some have never been shown to the public before.
Wabbes est l’un des plus importants créateurs belges de meubles, mais
il reste un inconnu pour le grand public. L’exposition présente pour la
première fois un aperçu complet de son travail comme designer de
meubles, avec une attention particulière pour les meubles du Foncolin et
pour ses participations aux Triennales de Milan en 1957 et 1960. En
plus de photos et dessins originaux, l’exposition comporte surtout des
pièces de mobilier uniques, parmi lesquelles différents prototypes qui
sont pour la première fois présentés au public.
If you live anywhere in Europe right now, you’re most likely experiencing subzero temperatures. Antarctica In A Bag is a beautiful photo series by Belgian architect Francois Delfosse, creating the illusion of large icy landscapes using nothing more than a ordinary plastic bags. To see more of his work go here.
Old (2002) and New (for those of us who are just discovering or re-discovering) these drawings of typical Belgian landscapes and architecture by Belgian (Graphic Novel) artist Dominique Goblet.
Souvenir d'une Journée Parfaite by Dominique Goblet ("Remembrance of a Perfect Day"), color. Belgium: Fréon, 2002.
The 'comics' work of Belgian artist Dominique Goblet
is immediately striking in that it not only ignores, but in many ways
seems utterly uninfluenced by the usual conventions of comics. Goblet
is a multi-talented artist who works in comics, painting, and
photography, as well as installation art that combines all of those
forms. Her visual style, often mixed-media, can leap, page by page,
from agitated and scratchy drawings that seem to mar the paper they were
created on, to gentle and lyrical images with the placidity of
watercolors. Like her graphic style, her comics themselves are
multi-faceted and intensely personal. Souvenir is a complex
story that combines both fiction and autobiography and, more urgently
than telling a specific story, reveals to the reader an intimacy and
personal voice rarely found in comics
Powerful, horrifying, humorous, disrespectful, gutsy, visionary ... I love this series of cultural, historical and political icons reinvented for the visual/ocular fiend ... as seen by Belgian photographer Valery Lippens.
"This Work in Progress Serie… samples from a mélange of historical, pop
culture, philosophical, comedic, and Internet image to create a montage
in the vein of the the literary montage style invented by Walter
Benjamin as part of his Arcades Project…The idea is toliberate
the suppressed “true history”… a quest for traces of the untold, the
ignored and the suppressed… producing some disturbing and provocative