Temperatures are dropping, a first snowflake is landing on your window, the handy-man across the streets is now blowing leaves at 6 in the morning and it’s getting dark way too soon. Winter is coming! But before you run off to skin some squirrels in Battery Park and dress in furs like the Starks of Winterfell: we have some luscious Limited Edition carpets to show that will make you want to camp in front of the fireplace. Even if you don’t have one.
Softness Alert! Hand tufted with the richest fibers such as pure silk and warm mohair, ‘Splendid’ offers the highest standards for comfort, giving every space an instant and vibrant upgrade.
Lavish luxury and durability go hand in hand in the plush piece of carpeting ‘Bliss’ is. Brilliant polyester combined with snug wool fibers, result in an easy to maintain carpet that has proven to fit in almost every room in the house.
Is the traditional cowhide rug a little too traditional? ‘Flash’ forward to more modern times! Simple patchwork of leather strips, create this stunning contemporary floor covering.
If verticality is not really your thing, but patchwork and cowhide were an alluring combination, then ‘Talisman’ might be just right for you. Its geometric color combination transforms any floor in a piece of art.
Choose from a wide color range of wool fibers, and combine them in your personalized ‘Cosmos’. No pair of feet will reject indulging in the soft, comfortable and stylish carpet you roll out!
Limited Edition is available via D’apostrophe in New York.
In 1916, Dadaists
Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia founded a new artist collective, The
Collective of Portatives. Members were urged to limit their possessions to one full
suitcase, therefore forcing them to travel frequently and without burden. When
Picabia landed in the African harbor city of Port Actif, he simplified their
name to PORT ACTIF because of its phonetic similarity to the French word for
Eventually, both artists
developed an interest in Surrealist art. Duchamp later turned his back on art
and dedicated his time to chess. Eighty years later, the Belgian artist group
Armée Leger (the Light Army) adopted the name. This new PORT ACTIF created a
harbor for students at the Royal Academy of Ghent where they could experiment
with and exhibit their work.
In 2010, due to
construction work at the Academy, PORT ACTIF was inhibited once again. Several students
took this moment to revamp the values of PORT ACTIF for a third time. This was an opportunity to detach, but continue to
`carry-on` the founding statement as an international collective for artists
and a floating platform for performance, video and installation art.
That is the PORT
ACTIF of today.
The collective is spread
over the continents. This expanse emphasizes their goal to be a gateway and
platform for Belgian, as well as international, artists who feel inclined to practice
the PORT ACTIF discourse. Their most important mission is to support mixed
media art in any stage of development.
collective doesn’t demand frequent travel, but it prefers artists who question
their media and who are willing to reflect this questioning in their work.
We at Design Sprouts
were honored to collaborate with PORT ACTIF for our first event, two weeks. They
curated a screening of video art for us which re-textured aspects of film
making. They offered a reflection for their creative colleagues in the field of
interior design and architecture along with a sense of humor… and a wink to
We need to
report some highly creative activity in the West and East of Flanders, Belgium!
Don’t worry, though – after investigation, we can assure that there’s no danger
for the public health. Au contraire, what has been happening in the beautiful
cities of Ghent and Kortrijk is revolutionary. And we feel obliged to
ONBETAALBAAR - which translates to priceless - is
a research project that sprouted from the love of objects. ONBETAALBAAR was
founded to save, reinvent and transform products, items and even buildings from
tragic death and lonely decay.
Founders of ONBETAALBAAR think we may be writing off furniture and objects to soon.
They state that, “all objects have value. Not just economically, but also
emotionally, artistically and ecologically. And they continue to do so, if
we’re willing to look at them from a different angle. We invite people –
designers as well as customers – to brainstorm about how we can improve our way
of dealing with objects, materials and furniture we no longer value.”
established a workspace where a group of designers, upholsterers, product and
graphic designers, carpenters and creative folks in general could share the
same mission: a common love for all materials and a passion for materialism
with emotion. They gather undesired, discarded materials and objects from
streets, dumpsters and basements, then transforming them to new objects.
These new creations
are given a passport with an identity that recounts the origin of the materials,
the concept of their existence, a bio of their makers and pictures of the
creative process. These pieces of furniture then get auctioned at the “Veiling
der Dingen” (the Auction of Things). The new owners provide a prolonged life
for the materials, while the included identification teaches of their past
There are plans
to take the whole idea to another level. In addition to the Auction of Things,
ONBETAALBAAR offers a custom-made concept. The project aims to collaborate with
cities and government to transform the identity of defaced buildings.
shaky economy and a disposable attitude inherited from better economic times,
this concept stands out. It might be something worth adopting…
considering the challenge.
Sophie De Somere, Don Verboven, Lilith Tremmery, Helmut Van Den Meerschaut, Aaron De Keyzer, Nick Mattan, Barbara De Laere, Wouter Doornaert, Jan Fack, Pieter Martin, Alexandre Lowie, Anja Peresic, Bert Van Dijck, Dries Warlop