A countdown to the Collectible fair

Where to go and who to see at the Belgian exhibition devoted to 21st-century design

Dominick Leuci’s Eques series chandelier, £21,000
Dominick Leuci’s Eques series chandelier, £21,000

Collectible, the fair devoted to high-end 21st-century design, attracted more than 10,000 visitors to its inaugural show last year. Its success owed much to its stringent vetting of participants, the generous platform given to young designers and its location – just 400m from Brussels Central Station. This year’s edition, running from March 14 to 17, promises to be equally enticing. Here’s our whistle-stop tour of the highlights:

Joanna Manousis’ Parr Diamonds installation, £54,500
Joanna Manousis’ Parr Diamonds installation, £54,500
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Todd Merrill Studio

Expect a display of design ingenuity from the New York dealer. Among the standouts will be Dominick Leuci’s Eques series chandelier (£21,000), incorporating LEDs within gold-plated, air-inflated metal plumes inspired by forms found in nature. A new process developed by Marc Fish combining acrylic with sycamore will be shown in his sinuous Ethereal chair (£22,000), alongside Joanna Manousis’ sparkling Parr Diamonds installation (£54,500), referencing the carved marble interiors of St Mary’s Chapel at Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds, in cast crystal and glass. Further enticements include Erin Sullivan’s organic, bronze Flora series stools (£17,000) and Alex Roskin’s bronze and wood Biche desk (£31,000) and Tusk chair (£13,000). toddmerrillstudio.com.

Erin Sullivan’s Flora series stools, £17,000
Erin Sullivan’s Flora series stools, £17,000
Marcin Rusak’s coffee table 80, from £6,228
Marcin Rusak’s coffee table 80, from £6,228 | Image: MRM

Marcin Rusak (MRM)

London-based, Polish-born Marcin Rusak will launch his 01 furniture collection (console, £12,600; drinks cabinets, £5,700; coffee tables, from £6,228; mirror, £5,280) at the show. His minimal yet glamorous designs are brought to life in liquefied metal (bronze, brass, zinc, copper and aluminium) and gleam with an almost painterly patination. Rusak has also used the process to coat scrap metal, creating unique sculptures priced from £850 to £1,200. marcinrusak.com.

Adi Toch’s Soft Vessels on Stilts, €2,000-€4,600
Adi Toch’s Soft Vessels on Stilts, €2,000-€4,600
Adi Toch’s Red Sand bowl, from €1,800
Adi Toch’s Red Sand bowl, from €1,800

Spazio Nobile

The young Belgian gallery, launched in 2016, is also showcasing a Rusak piece – the striking Flora dining table (€40,000), decorated with resin-impregnated dried flowers – alongside work by Lisbon-born ceramicist Bela Silva. Her monumental botanically inspired glazed stoneware includes Nilo (€12,000) and Metropolis (€10,000) in vibrant blue-greens, plus the dark, vegetal Antwerp (€6,000). Equally tactile are metalsmith Adi Toch’s new Soft Vessels on Stilts (€2,000-€4,600), Red Sand bowl (from €1,800) and the painted Vivid in Motion vessel (€3,900) – all highly collectable, given that Toch has work in the V&A. spazionobile.com.

Marcin Rusak’s Large Flora table, €40,000
Marcin Rusak’s Large Flora table, €40,000
Xavier Lust’s Gold Graph desk, edition of 12, price on request
Xavier Lust’s Gold Graph desk, edition of 12, price on request | Image: Frederik Vercruysse

Xavier Lust

Brussels-based Xavier Lust’s voluptuous furniture has a strong following and his work features in permanent collections in Amsterdam’s Stedelijk and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. He will spotlight his Continents console (edition of 12, €60,000) in perforated patinated brass and the curvaceous Oxymore cabinet (price on request) in burnished steel. The indoor-outdoor Gun Metal chair (€3,840) flaunts more of his mastery with metalwork, and is made from a single panel of perforated aluminium, while the charming Source pedestal table (edition of 20, price on request) is forged in cast bronze. Lust’s Gold Graph desk (edition of 12, price on request) may well steal the limelight at the event, nonetheless, as its sweeping glass form glimmers with embedded 24ct gold leaf. xavierlust.com.

Paulin, Paulin, Paulin’s dining table, from €20,000, and chair, from €5,000
Paulin, Paulin, Paulin’s dining table, from €20,000, and chair, from €5,000
Maria Tyakina’s Bend table, €1,996
Maria Tyakina’s Bend table, €1,996

Paulin, Paulin, Paulin

The namecheck alone confirms this French house’s design pedigree – and the family business, which is on a mission to safeguard the work of the late, great Pierre Paulin, will unveil a first edition of the dining table (from €20,000) and chair (from €5,000) designed for the Elysée Palace in 1971. Meanwhile, a new version of Paulin’s Elysée light (€8,000) is fitted with LEDs. paulinpaulinpaulin.com.

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Maria Tyakina

The Young Designers & Design Studios section of the fair, curated by architect Sophie Dries, provides a platform for new talent. All 14 participants graduated in the past two years and the line-up is set to include Maria Tyakina, whose limited edition hand-brushed steel Bend table (€1,996) is constructed without screws, welding or glue – instead consisting of interlocking planes that can be assembled or disassembled with ease. It’s a piece that’s ideal for nomadic apartment dwellers – one might even be tempted to take it home on the train. sophiedries.com. mariatyakina.com.

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