Every year, a Belgian designer is nominated as the Designer of the Year by the Biënnale Interieur, Knack Weekend and the Design Museum in Gent. This year’s winner was none other than Unfold, a design duo composed of Claire Warnier and Dries Verbruggen. We’ve had the privilege of collaborating together with Unfold on a number of their pieces, which are now on display at the Design Museum of Gent as part of a solo exhibition in honor of the Designer of the Year award. A parallel exhibition called “Hello Robot” is also being held at the same time and builds on the themes of design exploration at the intersection of man and machine.
Antwerp-based design studio Unfold is constantly pushing the boundaries of how design intersects with modern digital manufacturing. For Milan Design Week 2016, they participated in the Belgian Matters exhibition, curated by Siegrid Demyttenaere for DAMN° magazine, along with 13 other Belgian designers each paired up with a Belgian company. The exhibition is part of a larger framework titled “A Matter of Perception: Tradition & Technology” in the prestigious Palazzo Litta in Milan, Italy. The aim of the exhibition was to showcase how modern technology could be used to enhance and transform traditional furniture design, and together with Unfold, Materialise helped to make their project Skafaldo a reality.