THE IMAGES: valerie_objects takes over 'The Apartment' at Graanmarkt 13

Friday, May 13, 2016 — From Friday 13 to Saturday 28 May, Graanmarkt 13 will be opening its luxury residence 'The Apartment' to the public for the first time. The Belgian design label valerie_objects will be enhancing the rooftop apartment with two different projects during these two weeks. Visitors can admire the designs by Belgian design duo Mulller Van Severen for valerie_objects, as well as two sets of cutlery that are part of 'The Cutlery Project' for which various international designers developed a set of cutlery for the label. Valerie_objects will be for sale at Graanmarkt 13 as from Friday 13 May on.

ABOUT VALERIE_OBJECTS

The new design label valerie_objects is an initiative by Axel Van Den Bossche, Frank Lambert and art director Veerle Wenes (Valerie Traan Gallery). The combination of their own professional and personal preferences and their desire to communicate pieces by designers and artists to the right target groups has led to the brand-new design label valerie_objects.

The label is based in Antwerp and creates its collection through collaborations with designers, architects and artists. The aim is to translate the works of these creative spirits into tangible objects. The emphasis will always lie on authentic creators, on pieces which stem from careful consideration and have been designed and produced by intelligent hands. Valerie_objects actively seeks out objects which already exist but have not yet seen the light of day.

ABOUT MULLER VAN SEVEREN

In 2011, photographer Fien Muller and sculptor Hannes Van Severen made their debut as a design duo in the Valerie Traan Gallery. However, what perhaps began as a pleasant diversion for these two visual artists at the frontier of art and design quickly gained a new dimension. Their joint furniture project attracted international attention almost immediately and their sculptural furniture can be admired at leading galleries and museums in Belgium, London, Berlin, Milan, Copenhagen, Paris and New York.

Muller Van Severen is the first artist duo to work with valerie_objects. A wide selection of their work has been compiled and is now available all over the world.

ABOUT THE CUTLERY PROJECT

A cutlery collection by international designers: Jinhyun Jeon (KR/NL), Muller Van Severen (B), Maarten Baas (NL), Studio Simple (B/NL), Koichi Futatsumata (JPN) and Studio Wieki Somers (NL). In fact, they all created the same thing: a set of utensils to eat with (prototypes). Spoons, forks and knives. The result: six surprising and unusual sets of luxury cutlery which are a treat for the eyes, hands and mouth.

The sets by Maarten Baas and Koichi Futatsumata will be for sale at Graanmarkt 13.

ABOUT GRAANMARKT 13

Graanmarkt 13 is an unique house in which every floor tells a story. Although you can buy clothing here, even from leading designers, the premises invite you to go beyond the fitting room alone. Above all, Graanmarkt 13 is a house with a soul.

The lower floor houses the renowned 9 'Graanmarkt 13' run by chef Seppe Nobels. On the ground floor, the high-end Graanmarkt 13 store offers fashion by leading designers as well as striking design and interior objects. The gallery on the first floor regularly displays new work by talented young fashion designers and interesting artists from at home and abroad. The two top floors house 'The Apartment', luxurious accommodation at the heart of Antwerp. The building itself is an architectural gem by Vincent Van Duysen.

Graanmarkt 13 is a project by Ilse Cornelissens and Tim Van Geloven. Alongside architect Vincent Van Duysen, the project was also supported by Base Design, set designer and art director Bob Verhelst and chef Seppe Nobels.

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