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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.