SMALTO ASTRATTO Exhibition of ceramic lamps by the talented artist Adelie Ducasse. Visits by appointment until May 31

Keep your childlike soul

The intention of Adelie – a multifaceted artist whose colorful, playful and joyful universe is inspired by the spontaneity of childhood and its brightly colored games… such as legos and puzzles.Adélie Ducasse grew up on the French islands, New Caledonia and Réunion, where she developed her taste for colors and primitive shapes.The geometric abstract nature of her creations originated from her passion for mathematics – an extension of her childhood games.From her art objects, the joyful naivety and poetry of childhood is reborn.

The Strate Table By Caroline Notté seen at the BRAFA

The Strate Table by Caroline Notté is a low table entirely made of enamel.
The enamelled steel plates reveals the sedimentary natural strates of the nature.
It shape expresses a root coming out of the soil, inking its strength since the ground. The Strate Table unfolds randomly like a layer of strata found in nature., the overlays are inspired by nature.
Crafted with Emaillerie Belge, specialized in high quality products, processing by repeatedly heating metal sheets to more than 800 degrees, permise to astonishing results of resistance, strenght, durability and deepness.
The idea is to create an organic and welcoming surface with several levels , convenient, handy and unique, with great delicacy. Each table is custom made and all enamel colors are personalized for each projects.

Say It With He.Art Pop up store Antwerp until 25th of February

The beginning of a new year is a time to
dream and let the sun shine in.

To welcome 2023, we are delighted to invite you for a

the 19th of January
from 6 to 10 PM

Octogony house
Lombardenvest 20 – 2000 Antwerpen



Tramonto screen – Gaetano Pesce’s design for Cassina is a homage to New York

“Tramonto a New York’, a new piece by Gaetano Pesce that pays tribute to the city of New York through an artistic reproduction of its skyline in bright colour.  Speaking of the polyurethane resin, Pesce notes: ‘The material used to make it is dear to me because it has more quality than glass in terms of transparency, brightness and non-fragility: resin is a better material than its traditional counterparts for its ease of workmanship and high-quality of its products.’ The screen is formed of three panels, each a unique signed piece, joined together with specially developed bronzed brass hinges. To recreate the vibrant skyline, Pesce poured coloured resin into moulds in different phases, choosing a palette that includes bright blue, pink and green, surmounted by a large red sun. No piece is alike, as the colours were mixed ad-hoc to recreate the right intensity.  ‘New York is a place thriving with innovation and colours,’ observes Pesce. ‘My screen recalls the shapes of its towers with the tints of their spatial vitality. The result is a positive, innovative, happy object that will bring value to the space where it will be placed.


“Painting, for me? The desire to create a space in front of which I can stay until the end of the world.”

Let us come to the painting of Aurélie Gravas, French artist established in Brussels, to signify straight away that we will appreciate it in these lines through the prism of specificity, not of uni- versality. The manner of Aurélie Gravas belongs only to her. Developed by collage, by brushing, by tracing with a very worked sense of arrangements, it escapes all narration, oscillates between figuration and abstraction, does not reject tradition, embodied unvarnished by the references to great elders, although by tracing asingular way. Another singular point that we will take into consideration: the title of this new series of paintings presented this winter in Brussels, “Tipees”, rather sibylline. The tipee? This Native American habitat, of canvas and wood, has the character- istic of being more precarious than solid, and nomadic as much as sedentary.

Plenitude and mystery, in these unqualified places, compete for the space of the canvases, a space that the artist does not occupy all over, often left blank, under the kind of ample reserves. The result, which tends towards Miro, Morandi, Calder, Paul Klee, the Picasso of La joie de vivre (1947), Yves Tanguy, catches the eye and rests it, in the same dynamic and posed movement. Some rare portraits emerge in this little humanized set. They are not exactlly definable, and rath- er archetypical. Let us note, between these, that of a green frog or the colorful silhouette of a woman treated in Sonia Delaunay style.

When she paints, Aurélie Gravas proceeds not with great final gestures but, on the contrary, by the accumulation of gestures different from each other, singularized. This artist, always, cerebralizes her words and her gesture. She only undertook her paintings with caution, and by her own admission, after a long period of reflection. First moment: Aurélie Gravas arranges on the canvas, before sticking them, some pre-cut shapes in paper, a technique used in his time by the last Matisse with his Gouaches. These cut shapes, which may have been painted separately, are then accompanied by lines made this time directly on the canvas, in a non-homogeneous way. Some of these lines are spray-painted but others are in oil, others are drawn in charcoal. Fragmentation of the executed gestures, division of the various elements coming to combine in the canvas: this factory is assimilated to a groping creation, to a construction coming from the arrangement if not from the game of patience. Just as one would open a path or, as the wording Tipees calls it, as one would build a house but a non-prefabricated house, brick to brick, without any assembly plan.

Aurélie Gravas uses art as a strategy for life and survival. To create, in his specific case – without the slightest desire to demonstrate something, or to teach – is to build a place of protection, a haven against everything that threatens life. The studio, a cloistered environment and apart from the world that she greatly appreciates, where she spends long days, sometimes just contemplat- ing her paintings, is a shelter. The bunker of protected, preserved individuality.

Although contemporary with a heavy and often cruel topicality, her painting intends to keep the distance with all painful realities of our present. Instead, from a perspective of escape and overcoming, she uses art as well as this armed practice which allows life to escape from these dra- mas. Indifference ? No. Change of territory, in this case. Aurélie Gravas paints to not let disarray, scandal or fear take control, to spare the possibility of serenity, this fact that has become so rare in our stressed lives.

It is in fact the act of painting, for Aurélie Gravas, an artist at the same time powerful and fragile, like an act of self-protection, against two potential destructions. On the one hand, the destruc- tion to which the outside exposes – nothing is just soothing for a long time, and multiple threats always lurk on the edge. On the other hand, the destruction to which exposes the fear of not being up to the harshness of the world, a fear which makes you prefer sterile confinement, even preventive self-destruction. To paint in the workshop which has become a “tipee”, to generate a painting which is like the existence in the “tipee”, in the hollow of the workshop, this place among all chosen by Aurélie Gravas, her Promised Land, allows for better negotiate with your- self. Helps to control possible panics by converting them into forms. To contain them, these pan- ics, but not to extinguish them completely or suddenly, let us specify: the tipee is not a fortress, it remains a fragile habitat, it is also a floating inhabitant which moves with the movement of life without always being able to escape its constraints and its problematic vagaries.

Aurélie Gravas: her art is linked with the hope of peace, rest, life changing into a qui- et eternity. Painting, in this singular form of nesting, opens a parenthesis, and stabiliz- es the experience, while the threat does not end but remains at the door of the tipee.

La fabrique noire, furniture for a lifetime

La fabrique noire is above all a return to basics.

Wood, marble, brass, a perfect addition of noble materials highlighted by techniques of other times.

The black fabric is also details married to sobriety and authenticity.

Jeremy Descamps first cut his teeth as a machinist for over ten years.
His passion for wood comes from his grandfather, a carpenter.
Sobriety, details added to simple lines, are all characteristics that make up the visual identity of lfn.

Without forgetting the black that accompanies each of the unique creations, a true trademark.

Ceramics by Phil Cuttance

From New Zealand based in London since 2009, Phil is interested in methods of making which endow his object with visual clues about how they were made.

All of his objects are handmade in my London Studio. Their complex forms and sharp lines mean it is sometimes assumed they have been made using CAD software, CNC maching, or 3D printing, but they on closer inspection reveal that they are all handmade. Often tiny imperfections, a result of the processes by which they are made, give this away.


Design September back to Bauhaus


As a painter on his canvas, Notte composes frames of colors, always looking for accuracy, daring audacity, between lines games, shapes and materials. The textile and weaving become its support through a collection of carpets with formal and colorful notes that Caroline Notté pays homage to the centenary of the emblematic movement, associating emotions and

Date event : 03.09 > 30.09

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