Their work elegantly balances on the tightrope between art, design and craft, and connects several conceptual layers – from philosophy through humour to art references. The duo, based in the Flemish river village Tielrode, are back in Milan this year, now to take part in ‘Belgitude’, an exhibition by Belgium is Design, curated by DAMNº

'atelier lachaert dhanis' drags - literally - a 110 kg bronze chair to Palazzo Litta. Trio has been developed from a type of chair that the designers consider a symbol for the everyday - an anonymous yet archetypal chair. “We always work with archetypes”, the designers say. “Through our work we add several layers - emotional values, philosophical meanings and poetic beauty."

That beauty is on view at Palazzo Litta, a 17th century Baroque palace where the work of ‘atelier lachaert dhanis’ fits like a glove. "The 17th century art with all its symbols, meanings and metaphors is one of our favourite themes”, explain the designers. “Trio is about the passing of time and transience of Memento Mori and Vanitas."

For Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’ Hanis, whose lives and work are inextricably intertwined, the theme ‘Linking Minds' felt immediately natural. “Art Casting is a specialist art foundry with incredible craftsmanship in bronze. Together with their highly skilled artisans, we first meticulously created a wooden model; each part was then separately cast in bronze, after being soldered back together into an almost fluid, effortlessly merging form.” Atelier lachaert dhanis and Art Casting have spent over 1,000 hours. Which makes ‘Trio’ not only the heaviest but also probably the most elaborated piece of ‘Belgitude’. The result of the collaboration is a piece that encapsulate multiple metaphors, arising viewers’ curiosity and imagination.

Trio, a limited edition of seven, is available at Gallery FUMI (London & Porto Cervo).

‘A Matter of Perception: Linking Minds’ is taking place at Palazzo Litta, Corso Magenta 24, Milan, 4-9 April. The exhibition is organised by DAMN° and Mosca Partners. Come and see this 3rd edition – you will be happy you did!