An Interieur state of mind

Belgium is in a design state of mind at this very moment. The design biennial Interieur 2012 in the city of Kortrijk is in full course and will go on till next weekend. The ideals that lay behind the establishment of the Interieur Foundation in 1967 were closely related to the motives and ideals behind the student and worker rebellions of the late sixties in France, then in Europe and the US. Unlike other furniture shows, which offered a mixture of old, new, kitsch and design, the Interieur Foundation wanted its biennial only to promote the latest contemporary forms and creativity in interior design. In 1968 the first Interieur biennial was born.

You can clearly see that the Interieur Foundation board nowadays stays true to their vision. The selection for Interieur 2012 stays strong and the objective to show young design talent is more than ever present. The I Love Belgium made a tour on the design biennial and we present to you our favourite stands (all Belgian of course). Enjoy!

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Durlet

Ever since the establishment of the family business in 1966, Durlet has made its name and fame as manufacturer of resilient and comfortable designer seats and sofas. High-quality textile and the best types of leather are created carefully and with an eye for detail in the studios in Izegem, Belgium.

For Interieur 2012 Durlet specially built in the style of a proper beach cabana. In times of crisis, the Belgian manufacturer of seats and sofas wanted to make a statement of optimism and joy to live. Not a snobbish, decadent beach bar as you may bump into in some m’as-tu-vu-locations, but a pleasant fisherman’s cabin instead, with a genuine atmosphere where you can slouch down comfortably with your feet in the sand and the sun in your face, facing the endless forever, appreciating the beach and the wide open ocean.

They presented new designs by Alain Monnens, Kai Stania, Frans Schrofer and Anita Schmidt. We fell in love with the wall console in orange leather by Alain Monnens, an eye catcher in every living room.

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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Delta Light

Incorporated in 1987 by business manager and designer Paul Ameloot, today Delta Light has developed to become the market leader and trendsetter in architectural lighting.  Presenting innovative lighting designs, the company is recognised throughout the world for its subtle blend of ambiance, elegance, functionality, and design, both in interior and exterior lighting. Today, Delta Light services its global clientele through a carefully chosen network of partners in over 110 countries, not bad for a Belgian company from Wevelgem.

Delta Light's stand at Interieur 2012 is a lighting experience. You creep under the stand and peep your in head in the round openings to discover their new designs. We really like the lamp designed by Tim Van Steenbergen which is now available in different sizes and different materials (we've even seen a cork version), a perfect synergy of design and fashion.

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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Limited Edition

Limited Edition (LE) is a Belgian, contemporary carpet design house, offering a range of designer and luxury floor coverings which are exported all over the world. The company is distinguished by its stylish collections of woven and hand-tufted carpets in wool, linen, cotton, leather or ‘cow-hide’, and fully bespoke service allowing customers the opportunity to collaborate with LE on a design from scratch. Limited Edition has made a mark in international design thanks to its creativity, ingenuity, high quality and customisation.

LE's stand is a celebration of Belgian surrealism with sawed furniture that looked like it was sinking into the carpets, impossible to miss it on the fair. We're in love with their Mirage rugs, classic Turkish rugs re-dyed  and re-worked to give it a contemporary look.

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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Muller Van Severen

Two years ago Fien Muller (photographer) and Hannes Van Severen (artist) launched their eponymous furniture collection Muller Van Severen. Clear-cut storage boxes, tables, racks and lamps that refer to - in their pure form - the work of Donald Judd and Bauhaus, but embrace the lush adornment in their completion and combination. While both artists are inspired by the tension between the known and the unknown they create furniture out of sheer necessity and function. By limiting the material the pieces furniture are to be seen as small islands in a bigger picture. They tell a logical story, just like the cabinet collection of Hannes Van Severen or the photographed finds of Fien Muller, as if they were connected by an invisible hand.

At Interieur 2012, Muller Van Severen are the only Belgians between a stellar array of international guests such as Ross Lovegrove, Nendo and Makink & Bey,...they're black box hides some of their new designs but we're still in love with one their first designs, their one square meter table with integrated light.

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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INTERIEUR 2012 - ILOVEBELGIUM - BELGIAN

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