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.
Christelle Familiari builds her work in connection with her body; meshes, twists, braiding, weaving and threading are born from her movements, with no intermediary. Her work often questions the relationship of the body to another,
Cheng Tsung FENG is a Taiwanese young artist.
With an old soul in his body, he is fascinated by exploring the wisdom condensed out of time hidden in traditional utensils. He is reluctant to let go of these intangible assets along with traditional utensils.
For celebrated Swedish designer Monica Förster, ideas often supersede shape. Nevertheless, her cross-disciplinary approach has been described as formally pure and materially innovative. Having worked for leading brands like Alessi, Bernhardt,
Vincent Fournier was born in 1970 and lives in Paris. After graduating with a sociology degree and a Masters in Visual Arts, he obtained a diploma from the National School of Photography in Arles in 1997.
Guillaume Garnier and Florent Linker are two French creators based in Paris. Their work is about giving a contemporary design to rare materials and savoir-faire. All pieces are handmade in small series by French master craftsmen.
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.
GGSV Studio’s work is based on concrete proposals and manifesto projects. They research forms with plural interpretations. Founded in 2011, GGSV Studio is an atypical association which goes from design curatorship to designing objects and interiors.
Brussels-born Alain Gilles typifies a sense of rationalized forms and subtle humour inherent in contemporary Belgian design. Founding his practice in 2007, after years working in the financial sector, the designer has since worked with major ‘editors’ like Galerie Gosserez Paris,
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,
Finnish textile designer Johanna Gullichsen was born in 1958 in Somero, southern Finland. Before finding an interest in textiles she studied art history, literature and languages at the University of Helsinki.
Celebrated Swiss-Argentine designer Alfredo Häberli has been innovating the industry since launching his own practice over two decades ago. Based in Zurich, the niño curioso of Swiss design has worked with major brands including Alias,
Stéphane Halmaï-Voisard, born in 1980, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada, before studying product design at the ECAL/University of Arts and Design Lausanne,
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,
David Hanauer is born in 1982 in Germany. ” Considering a more conscious way of living and dealing with objects, the work is strongly contemporary on the one hand showing solutions for a possible future on the other hand.
Antrei Hartikainen (b. 1991) is a master cabinetmaker and designer from Finland known for his exquisite works in wood. The award- winning pieces, including functional products and pure art works, achieve heights of sensuality,
Designer Heikki Viinikainen (b. 1978) studied ceramics and glass design in Kuopio Academy of Design and graduated in 2010. After his graduation he moved to Nuutajärvi Glass Village and founded his own Designstudio Studio Heikki Viinikainen.
Sebastian Herkner was born in Bad Mergentheim, Germany. He studied product design at the HfG Offenbach am Main (Offenbach University of Art and Design), already focusing during his studies on designing objects and furniture merging various cultural contexts,
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.
French-born, Marlene Huissoud is an experimental designer. She graduated from a MA Material Futures (known as Textile Futures) at Central Saint Martins’ School of Art and Design in London where she developed the project From Insects : an exploration of insect materials from the common honeybee and the Indian silkworm.
Milan-based Ilaria Innocenti came on to the scene in 2010 with a collection of carpets produced using traditional Sardinian techniques. Establishing her intuitive approach, the designer employs a decorative vocabulary that combines hand drawing with investigations of texture and material.
Mari Isopahkala (Finnish born, 1978) is one of the best known and most awarded designers of her generation in Finland. She has been working a lot with glass but her internationally best known works are the jewelry collections ’Winter Pearl’ and ’Suma’ for Lapponia Jewelry,