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The Belgian Designers Making Candy-Colored Furniture in Their Backyard

Though now partners in work and life, Jef De Brabander and Kathleen Opdenacker of the Antwerp-based Nortstudio arrived at where they are via two very different paths: He’s an industrial engineer, she’s a graphic designer. No wonder, then, that the work they’ve produced since joining forces in 2016 has exhibited such a symbiotic relationship between color and form.
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Harvey Bouterse Ceramic Artist Antwerp

The Antwerp-Based Artist Making Sculptures in an Abandoned Ceramics Factory

Ceramic artist Harvey Bouterse had never touched a lump of clay before he walked through the doors of the Antwerp-based porcelain company, Perignem, eight years ago. “I had been collecting their pieces for a number of years,” the Surinam-born, Dutch-trained designer explains, “and wanted to have a piece signed, so I looked up their office and stopped by.” What he found was a ceramics factory — almost entirely out of use — with an atelier and workshop stocked to the brim with glazes and clay dating back to the 1950s. He's been working there ever since.
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