BRUT is a new collective of six emerging Belgian designers. The junction of their practices is a natural consequence of the apparent similarities in imagery, concepts and vision. The six represent a young generation of Belgian designers which values the significance of collaboration and collective involvement within the contemporary design landscape. BRUT has a dedicated attention for the architectural, sculptural and emotional potential of (contemporary Belgian) design.
BRUT embodies the commitment to realizing a dialogue between designers and their design language: a visual and conceptual encounter which both reflects the common qualities of the designers and emphasizes the personal idiosyncrasies of their practices. This dialogue is always materialized with a co-decided scenography – a shared setting which visualizes a collective narrative.
The collective made its début during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, 2018, where they introduced the choices and concepts that define and depict the collective identity of the ensemble.
“Raw, black coals cover the floor of the exhibition space. Together, the crude stones form a landscape; an irregular field with an idiosyncratic relation to the location… This black landscape is regularly interrupted by plateaus – support bases for the individual designs. They play with the architecture of the environment, create intermediate spaces and shades, rhythms and counter rhythms… The scenography delineates a (thinking) space and defines an atmosphere of contemplation and stillness, of devotion to matter and time…”
The use of the coal is related to history and shows the way in which elements transform into something new throughout time. At the same time, it refers to the way in which it has influenced Belgium’s industrial past as a resource. And yet it is, first and foremost, an ode to the beauty of untreated, primary materials. Designers: Ben Storms, Bram Vanderbeke, Cédric Etienne (studio corkinho), Charlotte Jonckheer, Linde Freya Tangelder (destroyers/builders), Nel Verbeke.
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