Pool, Dessuant-Bone & Baroness O.
The contemporary design landscape presents a diverse and varied picture of designers and the different ways they work together. Biennale Interieur presents the work of recent graduated designers as well as respected names such as Konstantin Grcic, Philippe Starck, Ross Lovegrove, Muller Van Severen, Nendo and others. What is particularly striking is that among the new generation of designers many are working in duos or groups. Design Duos such as Scholten & Bajings, Barber & Osgerby, Doshi & Levien, the Bouroullecs and Makkink&Bey have already established themselves. Biennale Interieur makes space for a selection of other promising design duos. The selection is a relevant mix of European talent from various backgrounds and nationalities. Each duo will transform a former classroom of fifty sqm in the Broel School in Kortrijk City.
Image: POOL, photo by Samuel Kirszenbaum
Studio Dessuant - Bone
Studio Dessuant Bone is a multi-disciplinary design consultancy based in Paris specialising in product design and interior design. Marie Dessuant and Philip Bone have a diverse range of clients, including fashion, lifestyle, creative & product, from concept to creation.
Their concept for ‘The Permanent Collection’ refers to the fact that the exhibition space (Broel School) is soon to be demolished. They want to invert the typical experience of visiting a gallery or museum, where the visitor views art displayed on the walls, by covering all surfaces of the space and expose areas of the space as if they were art, in turn highlighting, detailing and enjoying the last moments of the space before its demolished.
Léa Padovani, French and of Iranian-Italian heritage and Sébastien Kieffer are Pool, a Paris-based design studio. After meeting in 2006, their collaboration soon inspired discussions and debate as they imagined the creation of their first objects that would question their role as designers, the role of design itself and of objects in the environment. These reflections led the duo to create Pool in 2010, a collective concept, whose goal is to explore associations between objects, architecture and images. Beyond the obvious presence of an object, its beauty and function, the designers search for a multiplicity of meanings and highlight the emotions and reference points. Their first objects where presented at the ‘Nouvelle Vague: the new French domestic landscape’ exhibition followed by exhibition design for Cassina. They were called ‘Talents à la carte’ at the 2012 Paris Furniture Show, selected by AD Magazine as ‘Young New Talent’ and they received the ‘VIA label’ for the W&W lighting ceiling system manufactured by Alter. They recently designed objects and lighting for Gallery S. Bensimon and design company La Chance. Pool now designs the visual identity and decors for Craft, while their work is showcased at the Biennale Internationale de Ceramique.
The exhibition design of their presentation at Broel School will be tailored to the environment and the products on show.
Anne Van Assche founded Baroness O. in 2011, a Brussels-based design studio working at the intersection between design and communication. They are always looking for unique stories behind design. They collect them on their blog, gather them in their online store and write themselves into different creative projects. Design is not only about making pretty objects, but mostly about combining ideas and stories into a comprehensive, well-balanced concept.
Baroness O. claims to gather interesting design stories, based on the belief that the stories behind design play a positive and powerful role in the process. Over time, the blog has expanded into to the multidisciplinary studio it is now.
A joint-venture between a furniture designer and a communication coach, Baroness O. is not just about designing objects or furniture. Their focus lies on design and content. The idea of working with and for others is the basic idea behind the project at de Broel School. Instead of designing a collection from scratch, they limited their resources and started with materials and objects already available or found at any regular hardware store.
POOL, photo by Samuel Kirszenbaum
Baroness O., photo by Sam Gilbert