Celebrating its 20-years anniversary in 2019, Pro Materia has been founded in 1999 by Lise Coirier as an international creative consultancy. The agency has been curating since a decade the print and online magazine, TLmag_True Living of Art & Design, and a series of editorial and design-led projects. Pro Materia has also initiated and organized exhibitions and collaborative workshops while facilitating many cultural cooperation projects co-financed by the EU Creative Europe Programme, such as Glass is Tomorrow and Human Cities. Since five years, Pro Materia has also launched its new gallery space 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. You can read and follow the biannual print as well as the online magazine: tlmagazine.com and browse on our gallery page to discover our past, current and upcoming exhibitions and fairs: spazionobile.com

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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

Spazio Nobile Gallery – Contemporary Applied Arts, Design and Photography
By opening Spazio Nobile in 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, the visual arts interacting with the fine arts. 

TL Magazine_True Living of Art & Design

TLmag is an international biannual print and continuous online magazine dedicated to curating and capturing the collectible culture. It has evolved for a decade with creative influencers that have shaped the contemporary art and design scene.

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 Spazio Nobile

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.

À propos de Spazio Nobile

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 is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11.00 until 18.00 or by appointment.

Do not hesitate to contact us by email : Lise Coirier – lc@spazionobile.com assisted by Salomé Elbaz – salome@spazionobile.com / Gian Giuseppe Simeone – ggs@spazionobile.com

@spazionobilegallery

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Seasonal curated exhibitions

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

Season IPost Natural History, 20.04-11.09.2016 – Catalog brands: Thonet, Lasvit, Vervloet, Wästberg

Season II Forest of Lights, 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 VChronosophia, Tomáš Libertíny, Solo Show, 20.04-23.09.2017

Season VI Blauw. Ceci n’est pas une couleur. Piet Stockmans & Frederik Vercruysse, duo show, 29.09-4.02.2017

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

Season XIFormosa: A New Layer Taiwan meets Yii, group exhibition curated by Lise Coirier – scenography by Rain Wu

Season XII- The Finnish Season, Keep Your Garden Alive

Season XIII- Jörg Bräuer, Insel der Zeit

Designers & Artists Catalogues

Kaspar Hamacher Collections 2019

Fabian Von Spreckelsen Collections 2019

Bela Silva Collections 2019 & new drawings (Art On Paper and upcoming solo show)

Amy Hilton Collection 2018-2019 “In-Between” and “Dreamstones”

Laura Laine, Subtle Bodies, golden glass sculptures, Brussels Gallery Weekend & The Finnish Season, 5.9-22.12.2019

Kustaa Saaksi, First Symptoms, woven tapestries, Solo Show & The Finnish Season, 17.5-8.9.2019

Garnier & Linker, Diatomée Molten Glass Vases Collection, Lake Como Design Fair, 20-22.9.2019

Vincent Fournier, Brasília, Modernist Utopias, 16.11.2019-12.1.2020

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

A New Layer II, Basel, Design Miami/ Design Curio, 12-17.6.2018 – A New Layer Taiwan, scenography by Julie Richoz

Art on Paper, Brussels, Bozar, September 2018, solo show of Amy Hilton

Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk, Kortrijk Xpo, October 2018, The Random Collection, scenography by Garnier & Linker

IIDE, Brussels, Hôtel de la Poste with Gert Voorjans & Marcin Rusak “Flora” table, November 2018

Collectible, Brussels, Brussels, BE, Vanderborght Building, March 2019, Blooming Blossom

Art Brussels, Brussels, Tour & Taxis, BE, April 2019, Cosmogony, a duo exhibition of Bela Silva (ceramics) & Kustaa Saksi (tapestries)

Révélations, Paris, Grand Palais, FR, May 2019, Galerie Collection & Keep Your Garden Alive, Group Exhibition

Lake Como Design Fair, Como, IT, 20-22 September 2019, Diatomée Vases by Garnier & Linker

Art On Paper, Bozar, Bela Silva, Dessin Sculpture, solo show, 24-27.10.2019

Brussels Drawing Week, Amy Hilton, In-Between, solo show, La Tour à Plomb, Brussels, 24.10 – 9.11.2019, curated by Stéphane Roy

Unique Design Shanghai, West Bund, Tank Shanghai, China, 7-10.11.2019

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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

Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: Skills Academy

— July, 09 2020

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès launched its call for applications for the fifth edition of the Skills Academy, its major programme dedicated to exploring skills and innovation centred on a specific raw material.

Florian Borkenhagen: Objects with a Compelling Story

— July, 06 2020

With a passion for mobility and desire to challenge branded perception, German designer Florian Borkenhagen deconstructs, transforms and reconstructs everyday objects and provides them with a sophisticated value. TLmag caught up with the designer,