Having spent his formative years interning for Jean Nouvel, Belgian designer Charles Kaisin has not struggled to make himself heard in the world of design. Now a celebrated name in his own right, Kaisin will this month host a seminal retrospective of work in his native Belgium.
Best known for his K bench – a sandwich of honeycomb plastic, which concertinas into a surprisingly sturdy seating consol – Kaisin’s creative agenda extends into every facet of interior design
With handbags and clothes made from disposable carriers, Hairy Chairs made from shredded recycled newspaper and indeed a newspaper version of the K bench, Kaisin’s lighthearted approach manages to avoid pushing the sustainability pencil.
Set around themes of Motion and recycling, the exhibition, Design in Motion, will this month take residence in the historic Grand-Hornu building near Mons, an extension of which Kaisin helped redesign last year.
In a bid to compliment Kaisin’s extensive retrospective, the 650 m sq space itself will be transformed, with an installation from Spanish designer Terre Recarens.
The installation - Termoto (or ‘earthquake’) - will consist of a wooden lathwork floor spread across the space, which, when walked upon, will set all structures on its surface swinging pendulously – creating an interactive yet rather precarious showcase for Kaisin’s work.
Featuring everything from handbags to chairs and tables to watches, Design in Motion offers a one-off opportunity to take in the breadth of Kaisin’s past ten years in design.