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Oct 01, 2011

Reading between the Lines


Reading between the Lines is part of ‘pit’, an artistic trajectory with works by some ten artists in the region of Borgloon-Heers (in the Flemish province of Limburg). ‘Pit’ will be the first part of the exhibition project Z-OUT, an initiative in which Z33, the contemporary art museum of the city of Hasselt, presents art in public space. On September 24th, Gijs Van Vaerenbergh will reveal a construction in the rural landscape, by a cycle route, that’s based on the design of the local church. This ‘church’ consists of 30 tons of steel and 2000 columns, and is built on a fundament of armed concrete. Through the use of horizontal plates, the concept of the traditional church is transformed into a transparent object of art.


Reading between the Lines can be read as a reflection on architectural themes such as scale, the ground plan etc., but the project also emphatically transcends the strictly architectural. After all, the church does not have a well-defined function and focuses on visual experience in itself (one could even consider it to be a line drawing in space). At the same time, the construction demonstrates that this experience is in effect a consequence of the design, since it explicitly refers to the various stages in its conception: the design drawing, the model… Apart from that, because the church does not fulfil its classical function, it can be read as a heritage related reflection on the present vacancy of churches in the area (and their potential artistic reuse).




Oct 01, 2011

TEA designed by Estudiohac for SANCAL


Estudihac from Valencia is led by Jose Manuel Ferrero. In 2009 the industrial and interior design studio recieved among other awards and selections, two ADCV awards. Besides for SANCAL the Studio also designed for Vondom, Punt Mobles, Porcelanosa, Gandia Blasco.

The 2010 “TEA”-collection is the result of reclaiming an aesthetic pleasure perceived by sight and touch, an intense search to arouse emotions in the user and inspired by teatime – by the old, delicate china tea-set.
With Anglo-Saxon discipline, estudihac combines textures and materials in the purest British style. The upholstery is a delicate prêt-à-porte covering of quilted matt velvet in sober colours and patterned squares. It is an ad hoc selection made from Star upholsteries and Pro2 from the Danish brand Kvadrat, where beiges, greys, browns, maroons, greens and copper colours prevail.

The hexagonal-quilted and the bicolour options are key elements for this revised classic, contemporary and casual but always elegant and distinguished. It is undoubtedly one of the most special and innovative ranges from SANCAL.

The collection consists of small armchairs, sofas and armchairs. New and exciting pieces will be added in the near future.



Oct 01, 2011

Andreu World at Feria Habitat Valencia


The Nub collection, designed by Patricia Urquiola and composed of an attractive line of sofas and chairs with natural wood structures that offer multiple color combinations for their structures and upholstery. Nub is the result of a sophisticated cabinet-making process, updated with great care in a contemporary manner. The project’s essential element is not so much the cylindrical bars, but rather the pleasant widening of the bars in the backrest at the height of the lumbar region, an alternating rhythm that grants recognition to the project, offering materiality and a three-dimensional quality to the chair.


“Sail” designed by Piergiorgio and Michele Cazzaniga. As with a sail, this design is made of polypropylene and fiberglass, adapting its forms to offer maximum lightness and comfort in a range of attractive and contemporary
colors. Sail tense to reach the right shape to receive the body in a comfortable way. Technology is pushed to the extreme to obtain a very light but very strong chair without nothing more than the needful to be nice.

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