Poème Brut

Design Museum Ghent is an exhibition of international design centered on craftsmanship. It highlights the designer as a craftsman, focusing on materials and local techniques. Curators Siegrid Demyttenaere and Atelier Lachaert Dhanis selected work by both internationally renowned designers and up-and-coming talent. Each of the designers shows a renewed interest in craftsmanship and technique.

The Design Museum in Ghent has become a fixture. Apart from their permanent collection, they organize several exhibitions ayear, showing the impact of design on our daily life. Poeme Brut shows how we use materials today but also how we deal with the current disposable culture. The exhibition shows work by contemporary designers who focus on re-using old materials by means of new techniques, and by craftsmen who combine new materials with traditional craftsmanship. This results in a new kind of recycling of both materials and techniques.

The exhibition can be seen until 02/09/2018 and it shows work by, amongst others, Anne Marie Laureys, Ben Storms, Nendo, Michael Young, Lisa Ertel, Sigve Knutson, Studio Swine and Tom Price.

Detail of an InHale coffeetable designed by Ben Storms. The designer picked up the idea for this coffee table looking at a remnant piece of marble, a leftover of another creation.

Left: view from the exhibition at Design Museum Ghent
Right: The Melting Pot Table by designer Dirk Vander Kooij, made from old toys and video tapes.

Left: Stacked, 2014 by Bram Vanderbeke Stacked connections. Liquid concrete elements connect to each other whyle drying.
Right: Making of Can City by Studio Swine. A collection of aluminium objects made from waste on the streets of São Paulo. A mobile foundry was created from salvaged materials to melt aluminum cans using waste vegetable oil collected from local cafes as a fuel.

WORS BY STEPHANIE DE SMET