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Applied Arts, Craftwork and Industrial Design Commission 2016

In 2016, Cnap, through the committee for acquisitions and commissions, procured 116 works created by 44 designers or art collectives, for a budget of €202,131.56.

The high proportion of designers entering the collection for the first time (61%) is a reflection of Cnap’s prospective goal.

The diversity of projects and undertaking of research, with the interests this demonstrates, is a reflection of the wish to house within the collection the multiple facets of contemporary design. The committee paid particular attention to the way in which certain designers are investing in the new aesthetic and economic possibilities offered by digital technology, including 3D printing. The Unfold dual installation, notably with L’artisan électronique (Electronic Artisan) and Aluminium Gradient Chair by Joris Laarman and the vases by Olivier Van Herpt offer different responses to this new context.

Phenomeneon  by Pieke Bergmans, Free Range Table by El Ultimo Grito, and the “Block” collection by Sylvain Willenz pose the question of production in a different way, by diverting or appropriating processes and industrial materials. “Gravity Project” by Jolan van der Wiel demonstrates the emergence of unorthodox machines.

New types of tools and art pieces that are symptomatic of the great technological and social changes at work have entered the collections: on the one hand, a set of cards and printed circuits, with Open Hardware and, on the other, virtual reality headsets and other brain/computer interfaces.

An “Ikea Hacking” collection enhances the exploration of Do-It-Yourself practices.

Pieces by Felipe Ribon and Brynjar Sigurdarson illustrate the way in which functional objects are also proclaimed as workrooms for the imagination and invention, with one of them launching into the world of hypnosis and the other into the world of Icelandic fishermen.

The acquisition of two collections, products marketed through Jasper Morrison’s online shop, on the one hand, and the complete Designer Box series on the other, demonstrate the rapid growth in new methods of promotion, circulation and collection of pieces. In response to them, there are the works of sculpture by Jonathan Muecke, striving to resist the viewer.

Two textile works have also been added to the collection: a type of chaise longue known as a “méridienne”, by Chevalier-Masson, which is inspired by the Oceanic tapa cloth technique, and a Doshi-Levien rug from Nanimarquina , that revisits the Rabari decorative arts vocabulary.

Several proposed exhibits enhance the field of graphic design. First of all, a wide selection of children's books, published by Les Trois Ourses, which, alongside historic pieces such as those by Bruno Munari, allow a significant number of works by contemporary illustrators to enter the collections. The historic value should also be emphasised of the acquisition of a huge set illustrating Jean Widmer’s work, devising pictograms for France’s motorways. Lastly, the Colvert font ( has added to the field of typography, with a project here for a universal font.

The intention is for these works to be sent out on loan to cultural institutions in France and abroad.

Dernière mise à jour le 17 Nov 2017

KOR 11 JYK / GB 13 ASG / DNK 06 VK / DNK 07 VK / DNK 08 VK : / GB 15 ASG / SWE 02 BF, 2013 - 2016

Collection « The Transaction Project »
Ensemble de 7 vases en verre soufflé avec céramique impression 3D
Collaboration de différents artisans et designers :
Verre : Anthony Stern et Phil Atwill /Joan Young Kim/Vidar Koksvik/Bjorn Friborg
Céramique : Charles Stern/Jonathan Keep
Pièces uniques d'une série diversifiée de 18 exemplaires

Achat à Valerie Traan gallery (Belgique)

Of Instruments and Archetypes, 2014

Collection « of Instruments and Archetypes »
Prototype et factice d'outils de mesure réalisés en 3D
Réalisé en collaboration avec Jesse Kirschner et Penny Webb
Métaux et plastiques impression 3D, bois, vidéo, programme informatique
4 x 30 x 30cm

Achat à Valerie Traan Gallery (Belgique)

Jug design n°1 / Jug design n°4/ Jug design n°5, 2014

Collection « of Instruments and Archetypes »
Ensemble de 3 objets réalisés à partir des instruments de la série
Matériaux mixtes (verre, bois, matériaux de récupération)
n°1 : 16 x 10 x 5cm
n°4 : 28 x 20 x 14cm
n°5 : 12 x 12 x 5cm
Exemplaires uniques d'une petite série diversifiée

Achat à Valerie Traan Gallery (Belgique)

L'artisan électronique, 2010 - 2015

Collection «L'artisan électronique»
- Projet d'exposition réalisé en collaboration avec Tim Knapen + film (2010)
- Ensemble de quatre vases impression 3D en porcelaine conçus avec le tour de potier virtuel (2010/2015)
Tour de potier électronique, imprimante 3D céramique, vases et film
400 x 400 x 400cm
4 vases : 12 x5cm de diamètre
Premier de série

Achat à Valerie Traan Gallery (Belgique)

OGS-Purple, 2011

Collection «Gravity»
Tabouret (3 exemplaires)
Plastique aimanté
25 x 33 x 33cm

Achat à l’artiste (Pays-Bas)

Object 1, 2016

Collection «Complex»
Céramique impression 3D, faïence finition terra-cotta ; 60 x 60 x 30cm

Achat à l’artiste (Pays-Bas)

Object 2, 2016

Collection «Complex»
Céramique impression 3D, faïence finition orange clair
27 x 28 x 28cm

Achat à l’artiste (Pays-Bas)

Object 3, 2016

Collection «Geometric»
Céramique impression 3D, finition noir/blanc ; 67 x 25 x 25cm

Achat à l’artiste (Pays-Bas)

Pictogrammes d’animation touristique des autoroutes, 1972 - 2003

Ensemble du travail d’élaboration des pictogrammes d’animation touristique des autoroutes réalisé par Jean Widmer de 1972 à 2003, incluant les classeurs, répertoires, dessins et croquis, maquettes et documents d’exécution des pictogrammes et des panneaux de signalétique (environ 500 éléments).
Formats A5, A4, A3

Achat à l’artiste et à Mme Nicole Sauvage

Container-Vase, Container-square, Container-rectangle, Container-hexagone, 2012

Collection «Block»
Verre moulé à "la cire perdue"
Technique développée au CIRVA
Production à la Fonderie de verre
Dimensions variables
Édition limitée à 99 exemplaires
Édition Victor Hunt

Achat à la Gallery Victor Hunt (Belgique)