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Damien Gernay was born in 1975, in the suburbs of Paris. Between 1994 and 1998, he studied design at Ecole Supérieure des Arts (ESA) Saint-Luc Tournai in Belgium. After school, he worked on scenography projects for contemporary dance and theatre clients in Belgium.
Kaspar Hamacher (1981, Eupen, BE) is graduated from the Academie Beeldende Kunsten of Maastricht, Netherlands. Taking nature as his basis, he is focused resolutely on physical rather than conceptual design. As he says himself,
Jonas was born in 1981 in Lörrach, Germany. He grew up in the countryside in the south of Germany. At a quite young age he already felt a deep fascination to perceive the beauty of the moment in a simple way and to share it somehow with his surrounding and the people around him.
Valentin Loellmann was born and raised in southern Germany (1983). Together with his four siblings, he grew up in an environment of shared creativity. As a child, a strong sensibility regarding his surroundings and details laid the foundations to his creative spirit and ambition.
Fabian von Spreckelsen is a German artist based in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Already as a kid he had a deep fascination for nature handed down from his father: as biologist he guided Fabian to the discovery of the enchanting world of living organisms.
Amy Hilton was born in 1986 in Lincolnshire, England. In 2007, she graduated in Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and in January 2008, she moved to the French Alps where she reconnected with nature.
Born in Minucciano, Tuscany in 1932, based in Belgium since 1942, Antonio Lampecco, took the direction of the ceramics workshop at the Abbey of Maredsous in 1962. Since 1958 and the World Expo in Brussels,
Born in Slovakia in 1979, Tomáš Libertíny studied at the Technical University Košice in Slovakia focusing on engineering and design. He was awarded George Soros’s Open Society Institute Scholarship to study at The University of Washington in Seattle,
Isaac Monté has a fascination for unusual materials and an urge to master and manipulate these materials. He is a Belgian designer based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Isaac studied at art academies in Belgium,
Irina Razumovskaya was born in 1990 in Leningrad, USSR. In 2008, Irina entered the State Academy of Art and Design’s Fine Art and Ceramic and Glass Department, graduating magna cum laude both her BA and MFA degrees.
The Amsterdam-based Finnish graphic storyteller, textile artist and designer Kustaa Saksi creates and innovates with the Jacquard weave, generating all kinds of textile art and installations. He has already exhibited at the Victoria &
Bela Silva is born in Lisbon, Portugal, and studied at both the Porto and the Lisbon Fine Arts Schools in Portugal; ArCo, Lisbon; Norwich Fine Arts in the UK; School of The Art Institute of Chicago in the USA.
Born in Leopoldsburg (Belgium) in 1940, Piet Stockmans this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of his studio. Living on the site of Genk’s C-Mine, his career fluctuates between art, the applied arts and industrial design.
Originally from Staden, then Antwerp, Frederik Vercruysse has imposed his photographic eye for more than a decade, cultivating a taste for architecture. The very good quality of his documentary and artistic images led to international renown.
Chen Chen & Kai Williams is a New York-based design studio working in furniture, products, interiors and mixed materials.The company was first established as an experimental design space in 2011 by Pratt graduates Chen Chen and Kai Williams –
Plastic artist Laurent P Berger and architect Cyrille Berger have worked together since 2006 under the Berger&Berger label. They have participated in many exhibitions, at the 12th Bienniale di Venezia in Venice (2010),
Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis lives and works in Rotterdam (Netherlands). Raised in New Zealand, she studied industrial design for two years at Victoria University of Wellington, then continued her studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven,
François Daireaux seeks out original sites around the world; his travels take him wherever people live and work. Away from tourist maps or any form of exoticism, for almost 25 years François Daireaux has travelled alone to new countries to record his experiences.
Tibor Weissmahr was born in Munich, Germany. After leaving school, he combined civilian service with 2 years of law studies at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, then he decided to change focus and study product design.
Fred Rieffel opened his own design studio based in Strasbourg in the beginning of 1998. Since then, he has developed furniture in collaboration with numerous French and international companies including Arfa,
Cécile et Gabrielle Grimaldi, born in 1980, who trained at the Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg and the École des Beaux-arts de Saint-Etienne (respectively), founded Grimdesign in 2007. Under this identity,