What’s On Brussels: Amaury Poudray and SiblingsFactory

September is a vibrant month for Brussels, as a number of galleries and showrooms open to the public to host design-driven exhibitions, events and talks.

Renowned interiors shop, The Gallery will introduce French designer Amaury Poudray’s new collection called Rozmowaa limited edition set of five large-scale pieces where the imperfection of mouth-blown glass marries with the precision of leather details.

Rozmowa in Polish means conversation, and Poudray has given Polish names to designs (vases, boxes and bowls) in the collection – Katarzyna, Ola, Piotr, Agnieska and Maciej. Poudray chose to reference Poland after spending some time there, and developed a tight link with the country’s history and culture.

“Poland is strongly marked by its recent history, spanning from after the Second World War to the communist period through its heavy mineral and industrial activity. These events shaped whole generations and still subtly persist into today’s everyday life. It is this subtlety that inspired me. It made me feel the indelible yet discreet mark of our shared past” explains Poudray.

The collection represents citizens perpetually involved in a dialogue with their history and their roots, and each piece brings together minimalism and complexity, geometrical rigor and handmade imprecision. Poudray’s design ethos is centered around investigating the process that brings an object to exist; its history, and the dialogues and encounters between materials and shapes that make a piece meaningful.

While The Gallery is one of the most established and directional spaces dedicated to design in Brussels, an interesting ferment is shaking the city’s design and art scene with a growing number of concept stores opening that merge fashion, furniture, design and art – and of course, coffee.

The latest addition to the Belgian scene is shop SiblingsFactory, which is the brainchild of Marie de Moussac and Aymeric Watine. This beautiful space was designed by JDS Architects and opened last night, drawing an impressive crowd that took over the streets. The duo learned the ropes in fashion and communication respectively, and then created the shop as a response to their craving for a space where you can buy everything you see and touch.

The interior is minimal and clean, giving large space to the existing building’s concrete structure. Furniture pieces mix vintage, bespoke and contemporary, which go very well with the casually cool fashion they represent. Last but not least, SiblingsFactory also works as a charity, giving part of its profit to a non-profit foundation dedicated to street kids in Kabul, each year.

Brussels Design September 2013 will run from September 5 – 30, 2013, while Amaury Poudray’s exhibition at The Gallery opens September 20. – Gemma Riberti

Scroll down for more images courtesy of SiblingsFactory.

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