Collectible – the new showcase dedicated to 21st-century design lands in Europe

Cutting-edge gallerists mix with design’s new upstarts at debut Brussels boutique show

Muller Van Severen cabinet showcased at the Valerie Traan Gallery
Muller Van Severen cabinet showcased at the Valerie Traan Gallery | Image: Henny Venbelkom

The design calendar provides a whirl of events for collectors searching for significant 20th-century work, but those focused exclusively on 21st-century finds are a rarity indeed. Enter curator and artistic director Liv Vaisberg and art and design consultant Clélie Debehault, whose debut show, Collectible, puts new design on the collectors’ circuit. Opening at the Vanderborght building in Brussels from March 7-11, the exhibition creates a meeting point at the heart of Europe.

An installation by Charles Kaisin from his A Matter of Language exhibition
An installation by Charles Kaisin from his A Matter of Language exhibition
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“The event will look and feel more like a biennale than a regular fair,” Debehault says. “Every detail has been considered, down to the scenography by artist-scenographer Richard Venlet, who also staged the memorable Jan Hoet exhibition at Art Brussels. The restaurant was conceived by the creative food studio La Bouche, and what we consider the ideal library will be curated by Marie Pok, director of CID Grand-Hornu museums.”

Destroyers/Builders’ Grégoire de Lafforest lounge chair
Destroyers/Builders’ Grégoire de Lafforest lounge chair
Damien Gernay coffee table at Gosserez Gallery
Damien Gernay coffee table at Gosserez Gallery

Vaisberg and Debehault’s considered approach also steered the selection of galleries and designers appearing at the show – each was approved by a committee of four influential figures from the design world: curators Jan Boelen and Maria Cristina Didero, Wallpaper magazine’s brand director Tony Chambers and Pascale Mussard, artistic director of Hermès Petit H. “We’re extremely excited by the quality and variety of exhibitors, which range from emerging to established,” Debehault says.

Intriguing lighting-cum-sculpture at Victor Hunt Gallery
Intriguing lighting-cum-sculpture at Victor Hunt Gallery
Maison Armand Jonckers tables
Maison Armand Jonckers tables

Participating galleries include Milan’s Camp Design Gallery, Paris-based Gosserez, Antwerp’s Modern Shapes and Victor Hunt from Brussels. Among the design names are Maison Armand Jonckers, Destroyers/Builders, Jean de Piépape, KUFStudios and Paulin, Paulin, Paulin. As a snapshot of both an emerging market and a new wave of aesthetics, Collectible promises to have a strong first outing.

Pierre Paulin smoke-glass-topped Rosace table at Paulin, Paulin, Paulin
Pierre Paulin smoke-glass-topped Rosace table at Paulin, Paulin, Paulin
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