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BELGIUM | BRAM KERKHOFS: CODE/CONNECT, JAP, COIL & TURN
SOON AT THE STATE OF DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 FESTIVAL AS PART OF TOTAL CHANGE, NIEUWE GLOBAL GESTALTUNG #001Bram Kerkhofs, who was recently awarded designer of the year in Belgium, graduated as a master goldsmith and studied sculpting in stone. Today, as a furniture designer, he still has that same passion for hinges, joints and the forces and possibilities these connecting elements can generate, and for materials and their haptic. Next tot this, his work strongly focuses on mathematical systems, and is very architectural. Many of his designs are meant as part of a larger whole, and connected to each other. It may partly explain why he chose Connecties –Dutch for connections- as a title for the exhibition, in which he confronts his work with that of five other Flemish artist-, design- and architectural studios of his choice at the festival. Kerkhofs presents four works at the exhibition.
Code / Connect (2016) is an outdoor seating system, based on 46 shelfs that can be connected to quadrant modules, which can be combined infinitely. The exhibition shows one module.
Likewise, Jap references the Japanese food culture, and consists of low oval benches, that can be linked with bronze coupling pieces, to create chains and other forms.
Coil (2015) is a wardrobe system of which the front and the sides consist of a semi-transparent curtain of elastic ropes. To get into wardrobe, one simply has to draw the strained elastics aside, after which they automatically return to their original position.
Finally, Turn is another wardrobe system in which hinges – and the tension between public and private - play an essential role. It consists of three simple containers that are open to the front and closed to the back, and that can turn on their axis. With a simple turn users can decide if their contents can be revealed or not. The piece, not surprisingly, is also an ideal element to connect two walls, by bridging an otherwise lost corner.