Bokrijk is an open-air museum in the Flemish Limburg region and with over 100 historical houses it offers a sneak peek into the lifes people used to live in the past. For many years, the museum supported the development of skills related to handicrafts, techniques and their applications. In the museum and under the name Branded by Bokrijk (BKRK) they are now demonstrating and supporting the contemporary relevance of all this expertise.
We got to meet design duo Kuppers & Wuytens in their studio who showed us some of their works and invited us to make our own leather cardholder in a small workshop. As you see we enjoyed not only stitching our own cardholder, we also enjoyed making some ‘arty-hello Kinfolk’ pictures with Renaat Nijs
A collection of contemporary design products which all refer to a handicraft or authentic production process is available in the museum shop in the Open-Air Museum and e-Store.
Kuppers & Wuytens for Restaurant Magis
Restaurant Magis in Tongeren asked the duo to design a new restaurant chair but they ended up designing a whole new concept for the restaurant with beautiful oak tables and a leather covered up bar as well.
The tables are made out of a fallen tree in the Bokrijk area, most woodworkers are not really font on working with these trees as most of them contain metal splinters from the war ruining their tools. I am a big fan off the table as it comes with an integrated steel drawer for cutlery.