Did you see Pop up restaurant Mmmama at C-Mine in yesterday’s blogpost? I loved having dinner in this unexpected place, not only the concept was rather cool, eating in an industrial spot like C-Mine made it extra special. At night the tables were decked with bright white linen and our large table got everything served on white dinnerware ‘Tilting‘ made by Linde Hermans for Pieter Stockmans studio we visited earlier that day.
Tilting is A series of plates and cups that are ‘lifted up’ at a small angle. The result is a functional stackable table set of plates in different size, small cups, soup bowl and a carafe.
Ceramist and designer Piet Stockmans welcomed us in his studio and took us along his different work. He is noted for his dramatic installations and some of them were build up out of hundreds of cups or delicate pieces of porcelain. I thought it was really impressive.
Both the Studio and store are located at C-Mine and once a month there are guided tours you can follow, the store is open every weekend. I think both C-Mine and Studio Pieter Stockmans are really worth visiting and I hope you enjoy the pictures.
Piet Stockmans is renowned for his delicate porcelain creations and dwells in a symbiotic state between artistic expression and industrial design. “My industrial work is produced by my head, my free work stems from my body” Stockmans often states in his lectures. He is at once an industrial designer who works according to the rules imposed by industry while at the time an artist who reacts against this and renders useful items dysfunctional through its actions.
In 1987 he started his own design firm, Studio Piet Stockmans. The strong conceptual, ritual, and repetitive nature of his free work evokes associations with visual artists such as Richard Long and Donald Judd and with music composers Richard Reich and Philip Glass.
In 2008, Stockmans collaborated with his daughter Widukind Stockmans to create a piece for the second incarnation of the ‘Love’ series, PaperLove. ‘Father and Daughter’ presented two books, one made of porcelain pages and was unreadable, representing Stockmans’ life. The other was soft and readable, representing Widukind and speaking of the cooperation with her father. Side by side, ‘Father and Daughter’ books play off of each other while creating one piece that experiments with textures and mediums and tells a story without words. (text limblog designtour)
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