A. Dorothea Ker

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Selected Seven Wonders of Collectible

Editorial feature for Elle Decoration UK
— Meet the most promising talent spotted at the 2020 edition of the leading Belgian fair for contemporary design

1. Llewellyn Chupin, Paris, France

Splitting her time between Paris, New York and Mexico City, French interior designer and creative consultant Llewellyn Chupin draws her inspiration from diverse sources, including her background in art direction for fashion and interior design. For her debut furniture collection, Terra, she worked together with French artisans to produce a set of quietly statuesque lighting and seating pieces made from oak, ceramic and stone. llewellynn.com

2. Destroyers/Builders, Brussels, Belgium

Tactility, usability and a deconstructed approach to furniture design informs the process of Destroyers/Builders, founded in 2014 by Linde Freya Tangelder. Her sculptural visual language recently caught the eye of Antwerp design stalwart Veerle Wenes, art director of valerie objects. The collaboration that followed has so far resulted in pieces such as the pebble-like Assemble sofa and the Etage wall shelves. valerie-objects.com

3. Faina Design, Kyiv, Ukraine

Ancient ways of living, from Scythian relics to Slavic household habits, inspire the simple, comforting forms that give Victoria Yakusha’s label FAINA its distinctive character. A two-time winner of the ELLE Decor International Design Award 2019, the Ukrainian brand has been carving out a niche for itself with sumptuous pieces that are fast becoming iconic – from her classic Strikha pendant lamp and the Kumanec ceramics to the new Domna armchair. faina.design

4. Yellow Nose Studio, Berlin

A poetic aesthetic sensibility runs through the handmade works of Berlin-based Taiwanese duo Yellow Nose Studio. Their latest collection, N-04, draws both on their architectural background and cultural heritage as it does new collaborations: with the Taiwanese ceramist Jiu-Chu Wan for a trio of vases fired with the Kapselbrand technique, and with Berlin design studio KREADIANO OBJECTS, who created a custom colour and textural surface treatment for the collection’s lounge chairs. yellownosestudio.com

5. Haos, Paris, France

What began with a single lamp is today has become a sculptural range of atmospheric lighting designs, devoid of pretence or compromise. French designers Sophie Gelinet and Cédric Gepner scout out master craftspeople – ceramicists from Normandy, brass workers from the outskirts of Paris – to bring their concepts to life. Guided by the goal of a ‘job well done’, Haos’s third collection encompasses the fundamentals of an inviting living room: wall and floor lamps, lounge chairs and a coffee table, finished in the warmest of tones and materials. haos.fr

6. Studio Raw Material, Western India

From their studio located amidst the desert planes of western India, Raw Material look to the dramatic surrounding terrain for inspiration, salvaging marble offcuts from nearby quarries and reforming them through natural joinery techniques, driven by a deep respect for the fine line between abundance and scarcity. Their arresting Lomas Lamp, exhibited in Collectible’s ‘Curated Selection’ of up-and-coming designers, investigates the potential of their signature material as a vessel for light. studiorawmaterial.com

7. Studio Erik Olovsson, Stockholm, Sweden

Material integrity is laced with a playful touch in the practice of Erik Olovsson, who founded his eponymous design studio in Stockholm in 2013 after three years in art direction for Acne. Today he channels his experience in product, graphic and furniture design into works created through a process of intuition and improvisation. The varied range of ensuing objects, like the wave-like solid aluminium Sine clothes rack or the hand-blown Drill vases nestled into fragments of Carrara marble, each have a story to tell. studioeo.com