GMDIFFRACTION

Eva Garcia and Nicolas Miessner

Artist and Architect, born in 1980 and 1978.

Live and work in Paris.

Eva Garcia and Nicolas Miessner created in 2008 GMDiffraction.
They focused their research on light as matter, its consistency and its diffusion in the object.
A means of expression and a field of experimentation, their work is based on a quest of the right balance. Eva Garcia’s proven requirement in the world of decoration and craftsmanship combined with the know-how of Nicolas Miessner, architect DPLG, allow these two creators to explore unique territories and transmit us the feeling of a moving and intriguing world. In their studio, they began to collect, gather various objects and to handle some materials: steel, brass, mirror, glass, porcelain. Their creative process has gradually been enriched with meetings and collaborations to complete demanding creations, in a constant attention to detail.

PIERRE CODDENS

Designer, born in 1983.

Lives and works in Brussels.

Self-taught designer, the creative approach of Pierre Coddens is especially intuitive. At the beginning of his practice, he partners with a cabinetmaker friend to create a carpentry. Progressively, he is attracted by the creation of unique pieces of furniture and realizes a first collection of coffee tables that he tailors for his clients.
Later, he will discover a particular interest for crafts and crafts whose knowledge is gradually lost. He will be interested in metalworking and with the help of craftsmen, he will learn old techniques of welding and oxidation. By integrating this traditional know-how into his resolutely contemporary work, he aims to highlight quality craftsmanship and the importance of preserving it. From this, his first lighting designs came out.
Favoring a minimalist aspect, he emphasizes the graphic impact of his objects, which he conceives as functional sculptures. Preferring to define himself as a creator rather than a designer, he attaches a particular importance to the use of noble materials. At the opposite of industry and mass production, his achievements are made with the help of local partners sharing the same values of simplicity and of constant search for excellence, driven by a fierce determination to avoid obsolescence by using the good and common sense.
His work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions at the gallery and his lighting piece «Branch» was exhibited this year at the CID (Grand Hornu) in the exhibition «From Belgium with Light» gathering designers like Muller van Severen, Maarten de Ceulaer and Xavier Lust.
In October 2018, Pierre Coddens created a singular installation of lighting sculptures. This installation is the result of a body of works called «Dear Eva», realized on the occasion of a group show entitled « A Tribute to», we presented last October at Atelier Jespers. Pierre Coddens created a series of four pieces in interaction with the memory of the artist Eva Hesse.
Made of forged brass and deformed by the force of his body, sometimes joined each other by a flesh-colored silicone link, Pierre Coddens pays a personal tribute to the notion of Anti-Form and also refers to Matthew Barney’s practice and especially on his methodology of physical exertion. 

KER-XAVIER

Marie Corbin and Benoît Maire

Architect and Artist, born in 1983 and 1978.

Live and work in Bordeaux.

“KER-XAVIER” is a French label of design headed by the architect Marie Corbin and the artist Benoît Maire. The label has been created in Paris by 5 architects and established itself as a company called Ker-Xavier Sarl in 2018. Between 2011 and 2015, Ker-Xavier was primarily concerned by the domain of exhibition design.
In 2014, Marie Corbin worked with Franco-Vietnamese artist Thu Van Tran on Marguerite Duras’ exhibition for The Center Pompidou in Paris, where she managed partnerships and production to realize the installation of the artist.
In 2016, Benoît Maire was asked to create the exhibition design of Julien Carreyn at Crèvecoeur gallery for the exhibition «Photographies du soir» ( Evening Photographs ). This was the starting point of creating a line of furniture called «du soir» (evening), and the on-going relationship between Ker-Xavier and Julien Carreyn. «Ker-Xavier» now develops objects and furniture such as tables, chairs, stools, lamps and vases. To keep their practice based on exchanges and dialogues they are also open to new collaborations with artists, designers and architects. They present as well, collected rare objects, artifacts and furniture designs to enrich their approach and put a light on distinctive practices they estimate or relate to.