Belgium | Young designers between sustainability and experimentation on show at CID


Belgium | Young designers between sustainability and experimentation on show at CID

The Young Artist Award is given by the Parliament of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation to visual artists under the age of 40 who have a connection with the French Community of Belgium.
The prize is awarded once a year and alternates between various disciplines: design, sculpture and installation, painting and drawing, photography, the printed image, and digital arts.
The 2020 edition of the award focused on product design, with 44 participants submitting an entry. The panorama of applications has made it clear that, at the moment, even more than the final products, it is the processes of design, production, and sharing that are at the center of the exploration of young designers. Attentive and aware of contemporary challenges, their approach is determined by the responsibility to produce something that is more sustainable and equitable.
From 27 June to 26 September 2021, the four finalists of the 2020 Young Artists Award are featured in an exhibition, titled Materia, taking place at the CID – Centre d’innovation et de design at Grand-Hornu, near Mons, the capital of the Wallonia region.
Materia brings together the work of Emma Cogné, PaulinePlusLuis, Studio Biskt, and Studio Plastique, enhancing their personal approach to a specific material or production process.
Emma Cogné focuses on the relationship between textiles and the environment of our manufactured landscapes by reappropriating industrial materials using artisan techniques.
PaulinePlusLuis produce objects, and particularly light fixtures, that use light as the main material in their creations. Studio Biskt works on projects on the fringes of both art and design, using hybrids of industrial processes and manual savoir-faire, with a particular focus on ceramics.
Studio Plastique adopts a rigorous approach to create environments or objects that open possible scenarios for a more sustainable future: for this exhibition, the duo develops their research on the recycling of silicate-based waste materials and their transformation into new glass objects.


Above and cover image: Emma Cogne – Système T


 PaulinePlusLuis – Memory on paper – 2018 – © Julien Renault


PaulinePlusLuis – Luciole – 2019 – © Julien Renault


Studio BISKT – Balik – 2019- © Studio BISKT

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Studio BISKT – Tulumba – 2020 – © Studio BISKT


Studio Plastique – Common Sands – 2016 – © Studio Plastique


Studio Plastique – Common Sands – 2016 – © Studio Plastique

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Materia, installation view, © CID

27 June / 26 September 2021
CID – Grand Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise, 82, Hornu, Wallonie, Belgium

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