Pro materia gallery

Season XI – Formosa : A New Layer Taiwan meets Yii

The exhibition runs from 22 March until 12 May at Spazio Nobile

Welcome to our Sunday brunches on 24 March, 5 May and 12 May 2019, 12-6pm



Photo by Margaux Nieto



Formosa in brief

Formosa: A New Layer Taiwan meets Yii is a retrospective exhibition of a decade of local and international craft, art and design collaborations with Taiwan, supported by the Taiwanese Cultural Center in Paris, the NTCRI (National Taiwanese Craft Research and Development Institute), the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture, Spazio Nobile / Pro Materia.

In collaboration with: Lobmeyr (AU), Lyngby Porcelæn (DK), Thalie Lab (BE) & Émaillerie belge (BE).

Participating designers and craftsmen

Artists and Designers : Anton Alvarez (Chili-SE), Carina Seth Andersson (SE), BCXSY (IS-NL-JP), Cheng-Tsung Feng (TW), Gabriella Gustafson & Mattias Stählbom – TAF Architects (SE), Sebastian Herkner (D), Matti Klenell (SE), Jin Kuramoto (JP),  Chen-Hsu Liu (TW), Idee Liu (TW), Stina Löfgren (SE), Wonmin Park (KO), Poetic Lab (TW),  Julie Richoz (FR-CH), Richu Lacquer Art (TW), Cheng Tsung Feng (TW),  Rock Wang (TW),  Li-Hsin Wang (TW), Pili Wu (TW), Rain Wu (TW) & Studio O’Sullivan

Taiwanese craftsmen: Chin-Tuan Chiu, Ming-Zong Chen, Clay+art & craft co, Kao-Ming Chen, Pei-Tse Chen, Ching-Chi Huang, Mao-Hui Chen, Chin-Mei Huang, Jian Cheng Lin, Hsing-Tse Liu, Wu Xing Ceramic Art Studio, Ban Tao Yao, Ming An Wu, Shu-Fa Wu, Zhongyi Industry Co. Ltd. , Tsun-Jen Lee


Formosa : A New Layer Taiwan refers to the ‘Beautiful Island’ (at the time of the Ihla Formosa when the island was occupied by the Portuguese in the middle of the 16th century). It bridges Eastern and Western cultures. This forest-cloaked land that is Taiwan has a strong character and its crafts and qualities are very specific, unique and distinctive including some strong influences from various cultures such as the Dutch, the Chinese, the Japanese. Formosa is a title which embraces history, culture, art and design, and the island as a place for creation, including rich dialogues, exchanges and explorations of creative craft and design from here and abroad.

What Yii did in this myth for all China, the modern Taoist priest, still does for the local community: he recycles the “old energy” (ku-ch’i), and so gives the community a new breath. It is often called the “three virtualities” (san-ts’ai), which refers to the cultural triad of heaven, earth, and man.

More info:


Studiolo Spazio Nobile, 2019-2020

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Permanent exhibition with the artists and designers of the gallery in the other rooms of Spazio Nobile.
Among them: François Azambourg, Francesco Balzano, Carlo Brandelli, Kaspar Hamacher, Marlène Huissoud, Amy Hilton, Garnier & Linker, Antonio Lampecco, Valériane Lazard & Paul Brissonnet, Tomáš Libertíny, Isaac Monté, Adrien Rovero, Marcin Rusak, Kustaa Saksi, Glenn Sestig, Bela Silva, Lucile Soufflet, Piet Stockmans, Adi Toch, Frederik Vercruysse, Fabian von Spreckelsen, Chen & Williams…


SPAZIO NOBILE is on Collectible fair,

VANderborght BuildinG, BrusseLS 

From 14 until 17 March, on the 1st floor, booth 1-11: “Blooming Blossom”

Featured artists and designers: Carine Boxy (BE), Jeanine Cohen (BE), Javier Fernandez (ES),Vincent Fournier (FR), Kaspar Hamacher (BE), Mari Isopahkala (FI), Harri Koskinen (FI), Veera Kulju (FI), Laura Laine (FI), Garnier & Linker (FR), Päivi Rintaniemi (FI), Sami Ruotsalainen (FI), Marcin Rusak (PL), Damian O’Sullivan (UK/FR), Perttu Saksa (FI), Teemu Salonen (FI), Bela Silva (PT), Piet Stockmans (BE), Adi Toch (IS/UK), Man Yau (FI)

Download our Collectible catalogue here




Listening to the Vivid Whispering Vessels…

Read more in the pages of the Financial Times – How to Spend it, of Sunday 24 February

Season X – Land/Scapes, 23.11.2018 – 17.03.2019

Group exhibition with Carine Boxy, Kaspar Hamacher, François Moret, Bela Silva and Piet Stockmans

Vernissage: 22.11.2018, 6-10 pm

Finissage & COLLECTIBLE SUNDAY BRUNCH: 17.03.2019, 12-4 pm – as part of Collectible VIP program

Piet Stockmans ART BOOK with porcelain cover: No China, 2018

There are still some numbers available in the edition of 100. The porcelain box can also become a flower vase.

Download the catalogue here

Photo by Margaux Nieto: Bela Silva, Metropolis, 2018, glazed stoneware with clay slips, ca. 35 x 70 cm – Piet Stockmans, wilde strippen anthracite, 2018, handmade porcelain, 250 x 120 cm, unique wall installation – Carine Boxy and her two of her artistic sheepskinsrugs – Kaspar Hamacher, Max 01 & Max 02, solid oak, 2019.

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525-69), Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1555, oil on canvas,  Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels, BE

Taking as metaphor “Landscape with The Fall of Icarus” (ca. 1560), the famous painting of the Flemish painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder preserved at the Royal Museums of Ancient Art in Brussels, Spazio Nobile transports us to an elsewhere, where the eye is lulled by the beauty of a landscape with accents both bucolic and dramatic. If the landscape is the source of a visual and meditative experience, the creations of these five artists, designers and photographer – Carine Boxy, Kaspar Hamacher, François Moret, Bela Silva and Piet Stockmans – each translate in their own way a quest for harmony and humanism. Everyone’s sources of inspiration are very subjective and, moreover, fascinating. Nature in the face of man is omnipresent with its strangeness, its fragments of sensory memory, its exacerbated beauty. You will see artistic and mythical horizons, magnifying fields populated by sheeps, American skyscrapers, glaciers, beaches, roads, forests that make us, so to speak, infinitely human, fragile and dreamy. The jump of Icarus is a myth but also a reality, perhaps an ideal?


Special Event with TLmag 29 Africas at the occasion of the reopening of the AfricaMuseum in Tervuren

Download the catalogue here. Prices are on request. The exhibition runs until 19 January in Tervuren, only by appointment. Please contact us :, M. +32475531988

On the cover: Aimé Mpane, Congo Nouveau Souffle, erected in the rotunda of the AfricaMuseum / TLmag 29 SS issue on Afriques /Africas (FR/EN), 302 pages, 2018. Copyright: courtesy of the artist & TLmag / Aimé Mpane, Terre Africaine, 2015, mural on pieces of triplex wood, 211 x 160 x 20 cm. The theme of this painting is the Congo’s richness as a simultaneous source of evil. It is precisely here, in this impoverished country, that dollars seem to grow.


Ola-Dele Kuku, Fossils and Icons, 1995 – 1996, laminated wood panels in American red alders, 128 x 50 x 206 cm & Opera Domestica, Similar Difference, pilot study 1 – 1995, laminated wood panels in American red alders, 44 x 175.2 x 202.4 cm. Jury’s Special Mention for Creativity, Biennale for Contemporary African Art Dak’ART, Dakar, Senegal, 2000. 


Season IX- Botanic Psyche, duo show, Marlène Huissoud & Marcin Rusak, just ended

Download here the catalogue. Read their interviews: Marlène Huissoud and Marcin Rusak about Botanic Psyche.

Exhibition of Marcin Rusak, Nature of Things at Musée Horta, happened until 7/10/2018. Please read his interview here

Marlène Huissoud (FR) and Marcin Rusak (PL) used to share a studio in London until last year. They are both experimental designers sharing the same research and approach to natural materials with similar themes but different ways to translate them into their sculptural unique pieces or limited editions: furniture, lighting and wall installations, photography and drawings. While Huissoud is fascinated by the insect materials and incorporate them into her creative process like honeybee and silkworms, Rusak has developed his own flower and leaves infused resins, polished and matte, Flora and Perma, from eternalized waste flowers to perishable materials. Read more on Botanic Psyche on

On the pictures above: Marcin Rusak, Flora Table 190, 2018, flower infused resin and blackened steel, 75 x 190 x 190 cm, unique piece, photo by Studio Marcin Rusak / Marlène Huissoud,                  Cocoons #6, 2018, silkworm’s cocoons, honeybee bio resin, oak frame, 90 x 120, 60 cm, unique piece, photo by Studio Marlène Huissoud / Botanic Psyche’s exhibition view, photo by Margaux Nieto


Marcin Rusak’s Flora Table 190 was exhibited at The International Interior Design Exhibition (IIDE), Hôtel de la Poste, Tour & Taxis in Brussels from 15 until 25 November as part of Gert Voorjans’s interior design. Some collectors’ pieces of the gallery will also on show with J.PHINE at IIDE.

At Gert Voorjans on iide

On the photo: Marcin Rusak, Flora Table 190, 2018, flower infused resin and blackened steel, 75 x 190 x 190 cm, unique piece, photo by Studio Marcin Rusak

At J.Phine on iide:

On the photo from top left : Garnier & Linker, 2018, The Sculpted Vase in molten glass, unique piece in a random collection of 20. Photo by Jeroen Verrecht on Interieur 2018 – top right: François Azambourg, Douglas Vase, silvered glass, unique piece in a limited edition blown in Douglas pine mould, 2017, at CIAV Meisenthal, FR – down left: Bela Silva, La Grande Perruque, 2017, stoneware with white cast slips, ø 28 x 44 cm, unique piece, signed. Photo by Balthazar Delepierre – down right: Kaspar Hamacher, The Monoliths, 2017, sculpture in solid wood, variable dimensions.


Spazio Nobile exhibited The Random Collection at Biennale Interieur, from 18 until 22 October 2018, 10-20.00, as part of the five Landmarks designed by Studio Verter. Scenography by Garnier & Linker

Download our Spazio Nobile Catalogue here.

All photos are by Jeroen Verrecht


Bela Silva’s Book signing, with an essay by Anne Bony, graphic design by Casier/Fieuws, on Wednesday 3 October at Librairie Candide, place Brugmann 2, Brussels, 7-9 pm. You can also walk to Spazio Nobile, the gallery will remain open late that day from 11 am until 9.30 pm.

Download the invitation here 

A selection of drawings are available at Librairie Candide and, around the corner, rue Franz Merjay 142, some of Bela Silva’s ceramic sculptures are exhibited at Spazio Nobile. Download the updated catalogue here


Art On Paper with a solo show Dreamstones” by Amy Hilton took place at Bozar, Brussels, from 6 until 9 September.

Download here the full catalogue.

View of Amy Hilton’s atelier in Brussels. Photo by Margaux Nieto, courtesy of Spazio Nobile


Season VIII- Meisenthal, The Age of Glass / L’Âge du Verre

The Age of Glass is a group exhibition showcasing a curated selection of recent and new art and design works created by more than 25 creatives around the theme of contemporary glass and highlighting the renewal of contemporary glass art and design practices that are all Made in Meisenthal, France.

Download here the catalogue

Discover our pieces on the online store: Season VIII

The Douglas Vase 10 years – Made in NY Series – from Brooklyn to Brussels took place in presence of François Azambourg as part of Design September Brussels on 8 and 9 September. Finissage of our Season VIII- Meisenthal, The Age of Glass.


Season VII – Die Werkstatt with Damien Gernay, Kaspar Hamacher, Jonas Loellmann, Valentin Loellmann, Fabian von Spreckelsen – Sculptural Furniture Design & Photography. Find here the full catalogue. Discover the pieces on our online store: Season VII


A New Layer Taiwan : Design Curio on Design Miami/Basel from 12 -17 June 2018

Hall 1, Messeplatz, Basel, Booth C01 – Browse the catalogue A New Layer Taiwan  here. Prices are on request.

A New Layer Taiwan at Design/Miami Basel, with Anton Alvarez, Sebastian Herkner, Jin Kuramoto, Wonmin Park, Julie Richoz, Studio BCXY, 2018



Exhibitions, events extramuros & Fairs

Season IX – Botanic Psyche, Marlène Huissoud & Marcin Rusak, duo show, 14.9 – 18.11.2018

– The International Interior Design Exhibition (IIDE), Hôtel de la Poste, Tour & Taxis in Brussels, 17-25.11.2018. Marcin Rusak’s Flora Table 190 will be exhibited at as part of Gert Voorjans’s interior design. Some collectors’ pieces of the gallery will also on show with J.PHINE at IIDE.

– Season X- Land/Scapes with François Moret, Carine Boxy, Bela Silva, Piet Stockmans & Kaspar Hamacher, 23.11.2018 – 17.2.2019. Vernissage: 22.11.2018

Collectible, Vanderborght Building, Brussels, 13-17.3.2019

Art Brussels, Tour & Taxis, Brussels, a duo show of Kustaa Saksi & Bela Silva, 25-28.4.2019

Révélations Biennial, Grand Palais, Paris, 23-26.5.2019


About the gallery

Spazio Nobile

Photo Jörg Bräuer

By opening Spazio Nobile in April 2016, in the dynamic and cosmopolitan Ixelles neighbourhood of Brussels (Belgium), Lise Coirier and Gian Giuseppe Simeone have united their passions for design and art history, initiating a dialogue between contemporary applied arts, design and photography. Commissioning unique pieces, limited editions and installations that are both experimental and artistic, with a particular sensibility to everything nature and minerality, the gallery organises four to five exhibits each year, dedicated to both rising and established talents, without creating borders between the disciplines, the visual arts dialoguing with the fine arts.


En ouvrant Spazio Nobile en avril 2016 dans le quartier très animé et cosmopolite d’Ixelles à Bruxelles (BE), Lise Coirier et Gian Giuseppe Simeone ont uni leurs passions pour la création et l’histoire de l’art en prenant le parti de faire dialoguer arts appliqués contemporains, design et photographie. En donnant l’impulsion à la création de pièces uniques, d’éditions limitées et d’installations à la fois expérimentales et artistiques, avec une sensibilité particulière à tout ce qui touche à la nature et à la minéralité, la galerie organise chaque année quatre à cinq expositions dédiées à des talents émergents ou déjà confirmés. Sans mettre de frontière entre les disciplines, les arts visuels côtoient les beaux-arts.


Spazio Nobile Seasons’s Catalogues

Season I – Post Natural history, 20.04-11.09.2016 – Catalog artists: Vincent Fournier, Kaspar Hamacher, Nathalie Dewez, Tomáš Libertíny, Carlo Brandelli

Season I – Post Natural history, 20.04-11.09.2016 – Catalog brands: Thonet, Lasvit, Vervloet, Wästberg

Season II – Forest of Light, 15.09-20.11.2016 – Jörg Bräuer, Kaspar Hamacher, Nathalie Dewez

Season III – Silver Edition, 25.11.2016-19.02.2017 – 25 designers for the 25th edition of TLmag and 25th Interieur Biennale Silver Lining

Season IV – Crystallized, 23.02-15.04.2017– Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Marie Dessuant & Philip Bone, Studio GGSV, Taeg Nishimoto, Marlène Huissoud, Tom Joyce, Antonio Lampecco, Richu Lacquer Art Co, Isaac Monté, Frederick Vidal, Philipp Weber, Tomáš Libertíny

Season V – Tomáš Libertíny, Solo Show, Chronosophia, 20.04-23.09.2017

Season VI – Blauw. Ceci n’est pas une couleur. Piet Stockmans & Frederik Vercruysse29.09-4.02.2017

Season VII  – Die Werkstatt, 9.02-6.05.2018 – Damien Gernay, Kaspar Hamacher, Jonas Loellmann, Valentin Loellmann, Fabian von Spreckelsen

Season VIII  – Meisenthal, L’Âge du Verre/ The Age of Glass, 25.05-9.09.2018 – 25 artists and designers

Season IXBotanic Psyche, Marlène Huissoud & Marcin Rusak, duo show, 14.09-18.11.2018

SEASON XLand/Scapes,Group Exhibition with Carine Boxy, Kaspar Hamacher, François Moret, Bela Silva and Piet Stockmans

Designers & Artists Catalogues

Kaspar Hamacher Collections

Bela Silva  Collections

Amy Hilton Collection for Art On Paper, BOZAR, 6-9.9.2018

Fairs Catalogues

Collect, London, Saatchi Gallery, UK, February 2018 – Into The Stockmans Blue Catalog

Collectible, Brussels, BE, Vanderborght Building, March 2018 – Phantasmagoria : Kustaa Saksi, Bela Silva, Frederik Vercruysse, Laetitia Bica, Chen & Williams, Kaspar Hamacher

Art Brussels, Brussels, Tour & Taxis, BE, April 2018, The Random Collection

Design Miami/ Design Curio, Basel, 12-17.6.2018,  A New Layer  II

Biennale Interieur, Xpo Kortrijk, BE, 18-22.10.2018– The Random Collection x Garnier & Linker


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