POÈME BRUT (2020)
DESIGN MUSEUM GHENT
MAR 13 2020 - FEB 21 2021
Poème Brut was an exhibition that explored designers’ renewed interest in crafts, local techniques and materials. In recent years, focus has shifted to manufacturing processes and materiality as a counterpoint to dematerialization and globalization. Underpinning the exhibition was the outcome of the research into materials and techniques. Some designs use old, forgotten materials and new techniques or technology to process them, while others are the result of an old craft but created with a new material. All the design objects were tactile and poetic, mostly rough around the edges looking unfinished. Poème Brut focused on the designer as a maker, as an alchemist who was inspired by the special properties of matter and innovative ways of processing it, as well as its potential in a contemporary context.
"Some designs use old, forgotten materials and new techniques or technology to process them, while others are the result of an old craft but created with a new material"
The curators Siegrid Demyttenaere and Atelier Lachaert dhanis selected iconic designers from around the world, as well as emerging young talent. The designers who took part were: Anne Marie Laureys Ceramics; Atelier NL; BELéN; Ben Storms; Bram Vanderbeke; Carlo Lorenzetti; David Huycke; Dirk Vander Kooij; DWA; Ferréol Babin; Formafantasma; Hans Henning Pedersen; Jólan van der Wiel; Jonathan Muecke; Kwangho Lee; Lisa Ertel; Matthias Kaiser; Max Lamb; MdSt; Michael Young; Nendo; Olivier van Herpt; Roxane Lahidji; Rudolf Bott; Sigve Knutson; Sophie Rowley; Studio Furthermore; Studio Mumbai.