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Glass Oriented Design (© Andréa Branzi © Serge Anton pour le CID Grand Hornu)

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ith the exhibition Glass Oriented Design, CID, Centre d’Innovation et de design in Hornu, celebrates glass in all its multifaceted aspects. From Simbiosi by Andrea Branzi to the vases by Julie Rochoz, Cirva, the Centre International de Reserche sur le Verre et les Arts Platiques in Marseille, shines a light on glass with a series of experiments: an actual lab started in 1983 in which artists, designers and architects’ study and experiment the versatility of glass.

The collection includes over 700 objects and the exhibition, subdivided in two parts, explores glass in an exceptional location: an old industrial plant in neoclassic-style, a World Heritage Site of over 10.000 sqm, surrounded by a park of three and a half hectares. In the entrance, we are welcomed in by Andrea Branzi’s vases and their architectural aesthetic and subsequently, along an itinerary composed by bright colours and evanescent transparencies, the collections by Sylvain Willenz and the lighting design project by the French duo Normal Studio introduce a more formal and technical approach that analyses in great detail the potentials of glass.

This is an evocative exhibition that combines innovation and poetry, creating several dreamlike microcosms such as the glass garden by Andrea Branzi or David Dubois’ glow-in-the-dark landscape created by combining wall and pendant lights: a juxtaposition of different moods and patterns that reflect the allure of glass.


Where: Centre d’Innovation et de design – Site du Grand-Hornu, Rue Sainte-Louise 82, Hornu, Belgium
When: until the 26th May 2009 


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