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Marina Bautier : Atelier A1
Marina Bautier
Atelier A1
D.B., January 7, 2008
Marina Bautier
Marina Bautier
 
Nine wooden stakes planted on a plank of oak make a coat-stand, a lamp to put next to a wall or to clamp onto a work surface, a bright, but serious desk that hides its working area under a sheet of metal or a wooden chair that hides a stool under the seat so it can be used when working with someone else, or for looking at a screen... These are just some examples of the very human and generous projects that Marina Bautier, a 27 years old designer from Brussels who graduated from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College and went on to set up her own firm Lamaisondemarina so she could produce her own products. Since 2005 she has being showing at the Satellite fair at the Milan furniture fair and has made a name for herself in the process. Ligne Roset produces her collection of mirrors entitled 'Frame' and both Swedese and Idée have commissioned collections from her. “Design is more about giving a 'sign' than about producing a particular product, however useful it might be, she says. Designers nowadays produce pieces that are more suited to museums than houses.”

Marina Bautier_Lampe
Marina Bautier_Lampe
 
Is there still room for experimentation in design? She attempted to answer this question in reply to an invitation to participate in the 'Entity/Identity' programme initiated by Veerle Wenes and supported by the Belgian organisation, Design Flanders. In November she will go to China for a residency along with a dozen belgian designers. They will examine the issue of identity and origins. Does place, origins and a given situation have a direct bearing on reality? An exhibition at SM'S, the Stedelijk Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch, opened on December 15th before going on to the Tokyo Gallery in Beijing in August 2008.

Marina Bautier_Lampe
Marina Bautier_Lampe
 
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