The onset of winter automatically makes you long for the comfort of home. Counter the dark months with candles, cozy blankets, and other mood-makers for your interior decor. Here, you can dream up the latest design trends or get inspired by the architecture exhibitions that run until spring.
Mid-Century Modernism – MCM for short – represents clean lines and geometric shapes in architecture, furniture design and graphic design. This style spread from America to Europe between 1935 and 1965, and is once again invading the interiors of today’s vintage design enthusiasts. the book Icons of modernity It collects the best examples of mid-century aesthetics and examines the influence of major architects such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe or John Lautner.
“Icons of Modernity”, 320 pages, 60 euros, published gestalten.com
2023 has been another bad year for Belgian design duo Muller Van Severen, who were named “Designer(s) of the Year” by Maison & Objet this fall. The collaboration with Danish Hay is still going well too. The Arcs collection with its distinctive arches has just been expanded by the Arcs Trolley, a mobile decorative piece in powder-coated steel and a matching mirror in a round or rectangular version. Choose from four different colors and sizes.
Bracket cart from 275 euros and a mirror from 413 euros, hay.dk
Master of details
The Design Museum in Brussels immerses you in the world of Belgian architect and interior designer Christophe Jeffers (1928-2007). The exhibition Christophe Jeffers: Architecture of Detail draws from the archives of creative self-learning. In addition to original drawings, models and distinctive designs, such as the CG01 lamp for the Cap d’Argent restaurant in Brussels, his “Material Library” – his workspace equipped with all the tools – is also open to the public.
Christophe Jeffers: Detailed Architecture, until 3/10/24, Design Museum Brussels, Belgiëplein 1, Brussels, designmuseum.brussels
Are you also having trouble waking up in this cold fall weather? Count down the hours of winter that begin next weekend and turn your bed into a cozy nest with Roros Tweed Wool Blankets. The graphic prints are designed by a permanent team of Scandinavian designers, each with their own signature. All plaids are made from sustainable wool from small-scale sheep farms and are woven locally in Norway.
‘Kvam’, geometric print wool, €229, 135 x 200 cm, rorostweed.no
A visionary innovator
The Stocklet Palace in Brussels may have been his most important calling card, but Austrian architect and all-round designer Josef Hofmann was much more than that. A radical thinker, he co-founded Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, an art collective that designed handcrafted furniture, tableware, and textiles as a reaction to cheap mass production. The Museum of Art and History in Brussels brings you the life and work of the distinguished aesthete in the exhibition Josef Hoffmann: Under the Spell of Beauty, and Hannibal publishes the accompanying book.
Joseph Hoffmann: Under the Spell of Beauty, until 14 March 2024, Museum of Art and History, Cinquantenaire Park 10, Brussels, artandhistory.museum
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