Marie-José Van Hee for Maniera
In early 2017, Marie-José Van Hee was awarded a prestigious International Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Maniera, which produces limited edition furniture by architects and artists, put a spotlight on this grande dame of Belgian architecture by showing her new and existing furniture in an exhibition curated by Katrien Vandermarliere. Tranquil and ascetic, they all display the same elementary structural simplicity. Van Hee invited Marie Mees and Cathérine Biasino to upholster the Bed-Bank, and to domesticate the exhibition space. The textile designs by this Ghent duo are fully in line with Van Hee’s architecture, demonstrating the same preference for natural materials, craftsmanship and tactile quality.
DAMN°66 Materials presents products that are the new generation of products. Says Productivity editor Patrizia Coggiola about the Suprematist trend:
"Monumental patterns and proportions that recall those historical avant-garde researches for the pure form, where the perfected polished geometries were applied on huge scales. A vivid visual power, creating paintings or sculpture-like elements that one could enter and live in."