COLLECTIBLE 2019


From March 13th to 17th, 2019 at the vanderborght Building, Booth 1.4

We are very honored to present an important selection of furnitures and objects by “KER-XAVIER” and a large installation of lighting sculptures by the Belgium designer PIERRE CODDENS.

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«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.

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PIERRE CODDENS Self-taught designer, his creative approach is especially intuitive. Initially it is the work of wood that interests him. At the begining of his practive, 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 determi- nation 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.