Located in a restored mid-14th century Franciscan Monastery in the city of Liege, Belgium, "Memorabilia" is a beautiful exhibition featuring international designs that pay homage to personal memories. A concept by Reciprocity's artistic director Giovanna Massoni, and produced by local designer Kaspar Hamacher and Matylda Krzykowski, this exhibition hosted plenty of local crafts and traditional objects with a sustainable bent. Check out our gallery and discover some of the best of Belgian design!
Memorabili’s scenographers and local eco-designers Kaspar Hamacher and Matylda Krzykowski exhibited ¨Display Case¨, a set of 12 solid oak containers made from fallen trees. The storage system can display or hide personal souvenirs.
“Megaphone” by Milan Polytechnic graduates En & Is is a sculptural amplifier for iPhone / iPods made from ceramic. Shaped like a horn, the natural amplifier rests on a wooden flat-pack frame to make the most of musical vibrations.
Design Academy of Eindhoven‘s graduate Israeli Maya Ben David worked with manipulated digital images depicting the Egyptian revolution, which she 3D printed to create her waste-free “Revolution Vase”.
“Mom’s Sound” by Lee Sanghyeok recreates the designers’ childhood sounds of homemade Korean food preparation through hollow wooden chopping boards.
“Becco” by Björn Kwap is a cute locally-sourced beech clothespin that combines simple eco-friendly aesthetics and functionality. The clothespins easy to handle and leave no impressions on clothing.
Local designer Caroline Andrin pays homage to her belated mother through “MFA vase”, which she cast from her mother’s gardening gloves in ceramic and decorated with (now bankrupted) classic Royal Boch patterns.
Maak’s “Duo” is an oak/MDF/lacquer hybrid that celebrates the contrast between a vintage wooden drawer and a sleek modern design piece.
Sofie Boons‘s grandfather’s old carpet pieces become sentimental brooches dubbed “A Memory of Home”.
Studio Daniel’s “Showpiece” combines two Dutch handcrafts techniques in one object: Delft Blue pottery and biodegradable waved wicker.
Affectionate, unique and full of great sustainable objects, “Memorabilia” recalls the past through quirky contemporary designs.
Reciprocity Design Biennale in Liege, is open until the 28th of October – don’t miss out the fabulous (and free) exhibitions around the magical Belgic city!
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat