Spiegel.01 might be one of the more functional pieces of the FKF-collection. It exists of a series of mirrors that seem to be hung by force. The nail, from which it is mounted to the wall, creates cracks in the glass. The image is hardly distorted with a linear view, while looking at it from a different angle it becomes more than just an every day object. No one mirror is the same as they are all smashed by hand. The mirrors are easily mountable with the included nails and plugs.
Functionality Kills the Fun is a series of “broken” furniture that go by one principle: Functionality is overrated! Products become more interesting when they perform their task partly or even poorly. Most of the time the image or the emotional value that the object generates is what makes it so fascinating. In cases where the functionality is subject to the image you see that the pieces are more open for added value from the individual user. Playing with the limits of functionality leads to questioning yourself as a designer and as an owner. It’s important to create a strong relation between consumer and object where humor and image are equally as important as the function. Much more important then say, holding your books upright.
As winners of the DesignDEStudio competition Filip Pacquée and Lennart Van Uffelen also had the chance to produce their furniture for this youth cultural center. The design for the reception and bar area was inspired by the monumental building of the former Studio Herman Teirlinck with it’s Corinthian pillars in the great white hall. While the aesthetic comes forth from the old monument the new residents need modular furniture and modern strong material like cnc-milled birch plywood. The created furniture can be a flowerbed, light installation, seating area, standing table or speech stand. The bar, ticket box and dj booth use the same aesthetic as these modern pillars.
Visit the handmade furniture at DEStudio, Maarschalk Gerardstraat 4, Antwerp.
The start of the FKF collection was this enlightened bookcase put together by brute force. Kast.01 was developed for Les Petits Riens an organization that fights against poverty and exclusion in Belgium by selling second hand clothing and objects. Along side famous Belgian designers my work was chosen to help raise money for its cause. This first unique piece embodies the FKF philosophy completely and held its own amongst other great pieces made from second hand furniture. The bookcase itself is made from metal while the chandelier is solid wooden oak painted black to enhance the silhouette of its destruction. Both objects succeed slightly less in executing there original task, but each one of them gains a new task. A further added value is of course the image that makes it humorous and notable.
The kitchen, designed by Julie Van Mulders, was partly constructed of Ikea kitchen furniture to keep it relatively cheap and handmade birch plywood shelves and leather straps to give it a personal and contemporary touch.
Kast.02 is a more sculptural piece. An old, small chest of drawers was used as starting ground. The inspiration comes forth from the second hand furniture. By splitting it in two at first it becomes nonfunctional but by adding a threaded rod and bolts the chest is made into 2 functional chests. The drawers don’t work but why should they?
Apart from making my own series, I also make custom work. Putting detailed finishing first and mixing old and new techniques and esthetiques. Often this happens in collaboration with others or by commission. These works range from large scale interior projects to smaller items. All are handmade in collaboration or by myself.
This table continues on the same path as Spiegel.01, it uses two items that have a certain link to create a humorous image. In this case it involves wood and an axe. The table is made from the same ash wood as one frequently finds in an axe handle. To create a pure image there is nothing more than two materials the ash wood and the stainless steel of the blade. The full table is made first according to woodworking tradition after which an axe smashes one of the legs and replaces it. Fully functional, just mind the sharp edges.
A combination of a magnetic, writing and pin board with an aesthetic that reminds us of a time when decoration needed no function. The look of Schilderij.01 is a byproduct of its many functions. It consists of only two materials lasered, coated and CNC folded steel with a cork backboard. The cork protects your wall and the cut-out steel makes it possible to hang from a wall and hang other objects from it.
Louis MMXII designed by Filip Pacquée and Lennart Van Uffelen during the renovation of the former Studio Herman Teirlinck, currently known as DEStudio. Commissioned by Villanella they designed a light table which brought together the old monument with it’s new residents. Young and wild artists and creatives.
The form and esthetic of the table is a result of the protected 18th century monument. The production technique (CNC milling) and the used material (Pine plywood) describe the young residents.
A first try at finding the limits of function, this chair has been stripped from its function. Not by brute force as most of the collection but by careful calculation. It has been given a new purpose: to present an exciting image. In this case, the illusion to sink in the surface behind, or rise from it. The chair, made from redwood, is equipped to hang from your wall or ceiling. Put in to separate rooms it can connect those rooms together.
The Hanger.01 has a design that requires very little explanation. A hanger with a clear nod to a noose, made of flax, reinforced with a steel core and available with a pulley. This is a collaborative design between Lennart ALBERT Van Uffelen and Oskar ALBERT Vermeylen also known as Albert & Albert. It is handmade in Belgium and part of the “Absurds” collection for Atelier Belge.
A 3 meter heigh and 2 meter wide double dressing, designed by Julie Van Mulders, custom built from head to toe. Osb was used for the drawers and sliding doors. The extra shelves for shoes reuse the leftover birch plywood used buidling the kitchen.
The set building and decoration of photoshoot and videoclip of Belgian, pop singer Natalia, in collaboration with Goldwood Interiors. The explosive character of the artist was enhanced through the use of some pieces from the FKF-collection.