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Casimir was born in Koersel (Belgium) in 1966. He studied Industrial Design at SHIVKV Genk (Belgium). It was never a conscious choice of his to focus on design. Casimir was just looking for a versatile direction that would include theory and technique as well as creativity. While training as an Industrial Designer, he discovered that designing industrial products was not for him, as an industrial product is an accumulation of compromises and rarely the expression of a personal emotion or the personal vision of the designer... During his studies, he did, however, design a number of items of furniture that expressed his own vision of design. He established himself as a furniture designer and went on to develop this vision into a personal style.He won several awards, such as the Culture Award from the Province of Limburg  in 1994, the Henry van de Velde Award in 2000, from Design Vlaanderen, and The Flemish Culture Award, the most prestigious award in Belgium for Architecture and Design, for the collections ‘Casimir Meubelen’ and ‘Vlaemsch’, in 2004. The latter award is attributed biennially in this category. Laureates of Flemish Culture Prizes have been, amongst others, Raf Simons, Martin Margiela, Maarten van Seeveren, ...

 

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Casimir’s style is a concept that is for ever in motion, constantly questioning itself: to what extent are archetypes legible:  when should six planks placed at a certain angle to each other be called a chest and when do these same six planks become a cupboard? To what extent do dimensions influence the semiotics/legibility of a piece of furniture? To what extent is it feasible to disconnect image from function: can a chair fitted with a shelf be considered to be a bedside table?

To what extent is it possible to stretch the traditional use of a piece of furniture: what about a long, narrow bed for in-line sleeping, instead of a double bed for sleeping side by side? Or what about using a cupboard to open a cupboard rather than using a door? To what extent does the material tell the story? Is it possible to emphasize simultaneously such seemingly contradictory qualities as tough/rustic and refined? These underlying questions account for the mesmerizing tension in all of Casimir’s designs, which will forever fascinate the eye of the beholder. Forget bondage - furniture is the new perversion.

[Katy Greaves, Wallpaper]

WORKS

Brug

stam

LADDERKAST

kastlegger

Ladderrek

Ladellegger

Kist 2

ladder 1

schraag 1

schraag 1 + kist 3

Kist 1

Vitrine

Max le belge

Plank 2

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