‘Glass-Oriented Design’ exhibition at CID Grand-Hornu, Belgium


Glass Oriented Design, exhibition at CID grand-Hornu

Until May 26, 2019 the CID  – Centre d’innovation et du design – in Belgium, features “Glass-Oriented Design”.The exhibition presents a meaningful series of glass objects, realized at Cirva, in Marseille by designers in collaboration with the glassmakers.

cover image: Andrea Branzi, Simbiosi © Andrea Branzi © Normal Studio.
Glass-Oriented Design, CID Grand-Hornu, installation view

What’s Cirva?
is a research and production workshop that welcomes artists, designers and architects who want to work with glass for their innovative projects. The artists develop their projects assisted by the centre’s technical team. For 30 years Cirva has welcomed about 200 artists for various projects in the fields of contemporary art, design, and applied arts. It boasts a collection of approximately 600 works that are showed in temporary or permanent exhibitions, in museums and art centres. Cirva has been based in Marseille since 1986, in a former industrial building at the heart of the city.


Works in progress, Atelier Cirva, 2015 © Normal Studio 

The exhibition
The first part of “Glass-oriented Design” focuses on the works, realized at CIRVA between 2001 and 2008, by italian designer Andrea Branzi. The Branzi’s collection arises from an investigation into the relationship between domestic objects, nature and architecture.
A more technical approach to the material is highlighted through the research of Sylvain Willenz (Shift, Spot lights and Block containers collections, 2011/2012) and the lighting project developed by the French duo Normal Studio, which explore the imprint left by the mould. The emphasis is placed on the stages of work which make it possible to understand the experimental process.
Through the poetic, narrative universe of David Dubois, the exhibition also considers questions of randomness and movement. Like a central theme, a series of unique works including suspension and wall lights (Globes, 2014) form a lighting landscape which in spatial terms is both graphic and diaphanous.
The exhibition design is by Normal Studio

Glass-Oriented Design – temporary exhibition
Until May 26, 2019
CID – Centre d’innovation et du design, Grand-Hornu
Rue Sainte-Louise, 82 – 7301 Hornu – Belgium


Glass-Oriented Design, CID Grand-Hornu, installation view © Normal Studio


Mold-blown glass © Normal Studio © Serge Anton for the CID Grand-Hornu
Glass-Oriented Design, CID Grand-Hornu, installation view


Vase Parade © Jean-Baptiste Fastrez © Serge Anton for the CID Grand-Hornu.
Glass-Oriented Design, CID Grand-Hornu, installation view.



David Dubois, Mobile, 2014 © David Dubois.
Glass-Oriented Design, CID Grand-Hornu, installation view


Andrea Branzi, Giardino di vetro © Andrea Branzi © Normal Studio.
Glass-Oriented Design, Cid / Grand Hornu,  installation view


Works in progress, Cirva 2012 © Atelier © Sylvain Willenz

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