Founded in 1999, Pro Materia is an international creative consultancy curating the print and online magazine, TLmag_True Living of Art & Design, and a series of editorial and design-led projects. Pro Materia also mounts exhibitions and collaborative workshops and facilitates many cultural cooperation projects co-financed by the EU Creative Europe Programme, such as Glass is Tomorrow and Human Cities. Since April 2016, Pro Materia has also launched its new gallery Spazio Nobile located at the piano nobile of a 1920s building in Brussels, as well as its online store, focusing on contemporary applied arts, design and photography. 

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  • Curation
  • Consultancy
  • Coordination
  • Organization
  • Publishing

We offer a wide range of services

Pro Materia offers a range of high-end services and expertise: curation, production, representation, organization, management, facilitation, and documentation in a range of mediums including publications, workshops, exhibitions, and gallery presentations. Pro Materia’s international team is always open to review and get involved into potential partnerships.

Our signature projects

A New Layer Taiwan

A New Layer II: Design stories from Taiwan to the world
Designers from across Asia and Europe partner with Taiwanese craftspeople to produce highly experimental new design works.
Led by NTCRI (National Taiwanese Craft Research and Development Institute), 

Spazio Nobile

Since April 2016, Brussels-based Spazio Nobile by Pro Materia Gallery has been dedicated to showcasing contemporary applied arts, design and photography.

TL Magazine_True Living of Art & Design

TL magazine is entirely dedicated to capturing and contextualising the latest innovations in craft-led; material-oriented art, architecture, design, fashion, hospitality and luxury and collector culture.

Glass Is Tomorrow

Promoting design-led craft, Glass is Tomorrow brought together a series of emerging design talents with glassmakers for a series of workshops in european glassworks, mounted multiple exhibitions and published a culminating book.

Human Cities

Challenging the city scale, interdisciplinary exchange platform Human Cities is a concept created in 2006 by the Belgian association Pro Materia and co-funded from 2014-2018 by the Creative Europe Programme of The European Union.

TF Urban

Pro Materia has been the art advisor of TF since 2007 and has supported the brand to develop itself until now in order to position itself on the highly competitive French and international urban design markets.

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About

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Spazio Nobile front

Photo: Jörg Braüer

Since April 2016, Spazio Nobile (Brussels, BE) has highlighted expertise in design and the applied arts as well as in photography exhibiting collectible pieces, limited editions and one-of-a-kind experiences; a harmonious mix of contemporaneity and sense of history. The gallery is the shared project of a couple made up of two art historians who have taken complementary paths in their own lives. With more than 20-years in the field of art and design, Lise Coirier has focussed her career with Pro Materia and TLmag on spotlighting designers and design-led craftsmen who infuse matter with form and life. Her husband, Gian Giuseppe Simeone, followed a parallel journey, concentrating on the preservation of cultural and artistic heritage but also public awareness with Culture Lab.

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Mettant à l’honneur depuis avril 2016 la création et le savoir-faire tant dans le design, et les arts appliqués que dans la photographie, Spazio Nobile (Bruxelles, BE) a pour ambition de faire dialoguer ces différentes disciplines. Exposant des éditions limitées et des pièces uniques, la galerie mêle harmonieusement la contemporanéité et le sens de l’histoire. Spazio Nobile est d’abord le projet partagé d’un couple d’historiens de l’art aux parcours complémentaires. Active depuis plus de 20 ans dans le domaine du design et de la création, Lise Coirier valorise avec son agence Pro Materia et TLmag les créateurs qui insufflent forme et vie à la matière. Son mari, Gian Giuseppe Simeone, suit une voie parallèle avec Culture Lab, axée davantage sur la sauvegarde et la mise en valeur du patrimoine culturel et artistique, ainsi que leur diffusion vers les publics.

www.spazionobile.com

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 to 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’Age du Verre/ The Age of Glass, 25.05-9.09.2018 – 25 artists and designers

Season IX – Botanic Psyche, Marlène Huissoud & Marcin Rusak, duo show, 14.09-18.11.2018

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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Pro Materia / TL Magazine

Founded in 1999 by Lise Coirier with the support of an advisory board, Brussels-based Pro Materia is a creative consultancy with a strong affinity for material culture, craft-led innovation and human-centered design. The intellectual, editorial approach and background in art and design history and management position the agency in the field of supporting and promoting up-and-coming talents on multiple fronts in different regions but to also work closely and bringing together different partners (designers, artists, makers, creative industries, design-led institutions and brands) from all over the world.

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Latest updates from our projects

Land/Scapes: A Preview

— November, 16 2018

Tranquil and wild, landscapes have inspired creatives for centuries, Spazio Nobile takes up this theme with their 10th exhibition ‘Land/Scapes’

What are the Colours of Transparency?

— November, 15 2018

How does the craft of glasswork fit into the contemporary art and design scenes? Find out at ‘Colours of Transparency’, an exhibition by the Studio of Glass