The renowned Belgian furniture artist Casimir launches new objects
The renowned Belgian furniture artist Casimir launches three new objects: a rack and two low tables. The new objects are launched within the context of the 30th birthday of Casimir as a furniture artist. To celebrate this, he will release 12 new pieces. Six new pieces were already launched in March, and another three will follow at the end of this year.
Just like all other Casimir designs, these objects are made entirely by hand in his own atelier. This distinguishes Casimir from many other contemporary designers, who often rely on external (foreign) studios and producers for the production of their objects.
Casimir is a true furniture artist, working with limited, signed, numbered and certified objects on the edge of art and furniture. He combines poetry and craftsmanship in timeless objects. The process of creation also leans more towards that of an artist than to a classical furniture designer. Idea, material, form and function are inextricably linked in the creation process. He always works in full European oak.
For this design Casimir started from a rack without shelves. The shelves are cut from vertical side and back surfaces and then folded origami wise into horizontal shelves. The result is a strikingly frivolous, open cupboard that - although made from full European oak - looks light and sculptural, and because of its playful form evokes references to the Carlton cupboard from Ettore Sottsass.
Beam 2 is a multifunctional, low table. The triangle-shaped beam is supported on 1 rib of the beam. This is possible because a slight bend that was made along the length of the beam, which ensures balance.
Plank 6 is also a low table, but with an open space at the bottom. This design, made from 1 plank, is an exercise following the Plank series. Plank 6 has only 3 incisions and 2 bondings.
Casimir was born in 1966 in Koersel. Soon after his studies in Industrial Design at SHIVKV Genk, he presented two furniture projects at INTERIEUR ’92, the Kortrijk design biennale. Two years later, in 1994, he won the Culture Prize of the Province of Limburg. Later followed the Henry van de Velde Award in 2000, and the Flemish Culture Prize, the most prestigious prize in Belgium for Architecture and Design, for the 'Casimir Meubelen' and 'Vlaemsch' collections, in 2004.
30 years of Casimir
This year Casimir celebrates his 30th anniversary. Since 30 years Casimir works as a true furniture artist, working with limited, signed, numbered and certified objects on the edge of art and furniture. Poetry and craftsmanship combined in timeless objects. The process of creation also leans more towards that of an artist than to a classical furniture designer. Casimir designs and creates all objects in his own ateliers. No designs have been created on a laptop or drawing table, all is made directly in the atelier. The experiment and his gut feeling are important aspects to arrive at the final result. Idea, material, form and function are inextricably linked in the creation process.