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Auping is celebrating '50 years of designer sleep in Belgium', highlighting the evolution of the day bed with upcoming local design talent. The premium bedding brand challenges creative Sep Verboom (Livable® Platform) and paper artist Margaux Baert to create an artistic installation with the frame of sofa bed Cleopatra, based on their sustainable dreamworld. Please, Have a Look at Margaux’s and Sep’s Cleopatra installations. And Please, Have a Seat on our Noa day beds!
Sep Verboom's 'Wajang Melamun' (Indonesia, Javanese for 'Dreamy Puppet') is centered around a mythical guardian angel that rises from the bed frame and takes a glimpse in our human world. Referring to Javanese puppet performances centred around shadows of figures pursuing a virtuous, noble life and their search to find the meaning of existence, Verboom's installation reminds us to dream more, to take a moment to pause and to reflect on our society ... making room for creativity. "I want to inspire others to keep daydreaming. Preferably about a better world where we treat and protect each other with respect. Reflecting on society and embracing creativity in all possible aspects of our lives."
The Ghent-based creative Sep Verboom (1990) is designer and social entrepreneur, less concerned with the objectification of the result, more with the context in which it takes place. Through his Livable® platform, Verboom brings together partners as diverse as their geographies: from the Peruvian Amazon to Indonesia, and from local governments or commercial companies to NGO’s. Verboom graduated with a degree in Industrial Design at HOWEST and in Sustainable Development at VIVES (Belgium, Courtrai)). His collaborative approach has been internationally recognised, with numerous expositions and awards. In 2018 Sep Verboom won the Belgian Henry Van De Velde Award for Young Talent. In 2020 his commitment to socially engaged design earned him the prestigious title ‘Designer of the Year’ by Biennale Interieur and the premium Belgian lifestyle magazine Knack/Le Vif Weekend.
For 'Wajang Melamun' Sep Verboom uses mainly unprocessed rattan from fast-growing rattan vines in Indonesia. Indonesia is the most known country for its incredible, age-old techniques and skills in managing this material. Rattan is a sustainable non-timber alternative that can be used in several ways. The ancient techniques that the local craftsmen use for this material bring the word 'craftsmanship' to a higer level. Sep Verboom and his Livable® platform believe in a system of local communities managing a viable and sustainable forest management model based on multicultivation to find a balance to protect the forest.
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