Young talent and promising designers find their way to the Kortrijk Biennale through the Interieur Awards, allowing them to present their ideas to a large and professional audience. The winning projects for this year are again a fine sample of what is going on in design at the moment, presenting a very diverse range of themes, materials and functionalities. Leuven based Bram Kerkhofs is one of the winners.
The jury has consisted of leading captains of industry, designers and design critics for many years. A mix of people who, in one way or another, play an important role in the contemporary design and architectural landscape. The jury this year consisted of Patrizia Moroso (IT), designers Sebastian Herkner (DE), Alain Gilles (BE) and Dimitri Bähler (CH), journalist Tom Morris (UK), and architects Glenn Sestig (BE) and Alex Mustonen of Snarkitecture (USA).
Out of more than 100 submissions from 17 different countries, the jury chose not less than eighteen objects that will be shown at the Biennale INTERIEUR 2018 from 18 to 22 October 2018. As proof of the very high quality of the entries, the shared first prize goes to the Belgian entry COIL, an ingenious and smart rack designed by Bram Kerkhofs and the French design agency SCMP DESIGN OFFICE for their Runway lamp.
One of the two winners of the Objects Awards this year is Belgian designer Bram Kerkhofs. His storage system COIL gathers effiency with aesthetics. Using elastic wire as front material, Bram creates a striking yet functional solution. Functioning as a semi-transparant curtain, the wiring allows for clean storage while adding an eye-catching element.
Bram's background as a goldsmith and stonemason explains his eye for detail and passion for materials. His architectural, almost mathematical approach can be seen in both the practical elaboration of his projects as the underlying systemic concepts.