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.