Colors and Textures of Time: Bodem by BRUT

In collaboration with Antoine at Salone del Mobile

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Colors and Textures of Time: Bodem by BRUT
02/04/2019 - Presenting this year at the Salone del Mobile in partnership with Antoine, the BRUT collective of young Belgian designers invite visitors to experience their earthy visions: Bodem (the Dutch word for soil) is the collective’s scenography inspired by the dusty archaeological site of Teseum in Tongres. During this year’s Salone, the BRUT collective is represented by Bram Vanderbeke, Charlotte Jonckheer, Linde Freya Tangelder and Nel Verbeke. Bodem by BRUT. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Soil, formed through and by time, introduces a state of mind, a mood which allows to talk about underlaying emotions, about transience and continuance, appearing and disappearing. Its intrinsic architecture – its sediments and formations, the layeredness of its constitution – is reminiscent of both brute force and gentle evolution. The variety of its colors and textures, its surfaces and patterns, is endless and expressive.

A series of objects, at times more sculptural, at others of a more evidently practical nature – just as you’d expect to find in an archaeological site – but all vividly textural and materic, thus combine to reveal, bit by bit, Bodem. With their earthly tones and textured surfaces, the separate plateaus and pedestals refer to the negative spaces which appear, when artefacts and architectural remains are gradually re-surfaced; an abstraction of an archetypical image that corresponds with how forgotten or lost things and memories are brushed back to light. Bodem by BRUT - Bram Vanderbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Bram Vanderbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

To substantiate this inspiration BRUT studied Teseum in Tongres, Belgium’s oldest city, where the remains of a Roman settlement are being excavated. There, they also found the colors and rhythms which now define this scenography.

This scenography initiates an atmosphere of contemplation and stillness, of devotion to matter and time. The organic, almost primitive design of the sculptural plateaus and pedestals – the architectural organization which communicates with the wider environment – guides the concentration and gaze of the spectator. The works encountered are a combination of existing and new pieces, of realized and planned concepts. They embody four artistic practices which coincide in part – in this case, explicitly. Bodem by BRUT - Linde Freya Tangelder. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Linde Freya Tangelder. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

The partnership with Antoine was the result of BRUT’s search for someone who could provide them with an accurate translation of the peculiar raw materiality and color tonalities they had met in Teseum. The natural-looking and textured coatings for architectural projects perfected by Antoine were the perfect match.

BRUT at Salone del Mobile
Isola Design District
Studio Maraniello
Viale Stelvio, 66
Bodem by BRUT - Nel Verbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Nel Verbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Nel Verbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Nel Verbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Charlotte Jonckheer. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Charlotte Jonckheer. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Bram Vanderbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Bram Vanderbeke. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Charlotte Jonckheer. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Charlotte Jonckheer. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT -  Linde Freya Tangelder. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

Bodem by BRUT - Linde Freya Tangelder. Ph. by © AlexanderPopelier

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