Atomium, 18.02.2014 - 15.06.2014
Caroline Voet is selected for the Mobilia exhibition.
The forthcoming exhibition “MOBILIA”, at the Atomium in Brussels focuses on the talent of architects whose work, since the late nineteenth century, has evolved beyond the design of buildings, to the creation of furniture and objects.
Using the prism of an architect / a piece of furniture / a building MOBILIA displays serials, products as well as unique pieces.
More than 25 profiles (from the Art Nouveau architect through the modernist and the post-modern till the contemporary architects) are presented.
B-Architecten - Bataille & Ibens - Beel & Achtergaal - Berteau - Bourgeois - Braem - Brodzki )- Cruyt & Bastin - De Koninck - De Smet - De Vylder Vinck Taillieu - Engels - Horta - Hoste - Jansen - Kroll - Lampens - Lebrun - Lens - Lhoas & Lhoas - Pompe - Robbrecht & Daem - Serrurier-Novy - Sestig - Stynen - Vandenhove - Van der Meeren - Van Duysen - Van Reeth - Voet
MOBILIA invites you to think about the connections between architecture and design, throughout more than a century of Belgian creation.
Some emblematic movements of modernist architecture were initiated, among others, by Belgian architects Victor Bourgeois and Huib Hoste with Le Corbusier. They were particularly active during the first International Congress of Modern Architecture (CIAM) in 1928. Yet the story remains relatively unknown to the general public.
“MOBILIA”, an exhibition that charts the careers of thirty Belgian architects over a period of one hundred years, emphasizes the connection between architecture, interior design and furniture. Since 1900, the number of architects opting for a total creative approach has multiplied. They have delivered original and exclusive projects from the design of the facade to the design of door handles. “MOBILIA” is an opportunity to take stock of this tradition and take a look at the way it is being interpreted today.
The exhibition presents a series of furniture and objects created by the aforementioned Belgian architects. Each element of furniture illustrates how each architect manages to translate their style, concerns and philosophy, into the final design. The exhibition covers the period from Art Nouveau to the present day, although the pieces are not shown in chronological order. The range of work – from prototypes to mass-produced objects – are grouped around different themes.
The design for the exhibition encourages the viewer to look at works in a different light, to discover how each piece of furniture is made and understand the connection between the place it was intended for whilst appreciating its function. Such an approach allows us to understand the contemporary context. If today’s architects create furniture and objects like their predecessors, there isn’t always a direct correlation between these objects and a design for a building.