ROMAIN COPPIN & ALEXIS BONDOUX X DEZEEN
12 MAR 2020
Designers Romain Coppin and Alexis Bondoux, collaborating as Messgewand, have created a collection of surreal furniture from collages of found objects. Messgewand's collection of 10 pieces of furniture offers an alternative to the highly polished products that most designers develop for mass production.
Coppin and Bondoux, who met nine years ago while studying in France, prefer an experimental creative approach. His latest collection of works was created during a month-long residency at ALFA, a workshop in the Belgian municipality of Zaventem that supports young artists and designers. experimenting with new approaches to crafts. For the residency at ALFA, the designers created ten pieces of furniture using materials such as wood, metal, foam, and plastic collected from the atelier's workshop.
They also sourced furniture and discarded objects from a flea market and second-hand shop in nearby Brussels, which they used to produce pieces described as "a new step in exploring our collage process." "It took us almost two weeks to get things together and order them correctly in the workshop," Bondoux and Coppin told Dezeen.
They intuitively combine these materials in a way that prompts the viewer to reconsider their perceived value. "We are totally influenced by the ideas of maximalism, on materiality and on decoration," they added. "These are the main tools we use to produce furniture or objects and to propose our personal research in the field of design." The pieces are intentionally ambiguous and often unfinished.
"In our search for radicalism, this relationship is helping us to mix mass culture and avant-garde in our projects."