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MUST KNOW: Art in the Box 2015 (2nd edition) presents Magic box - Polish Design, 9 > 30.09 Brussels  

Art in the Box – a new way of sharing design ideas in a dynamic society! 

An original project launched by D44 Architecture - a Brussels-based architectural office with the support of the Polish Institute and the Polish Tourist Organisation. Exhibition idea transformed from old-fashion enclosed gallery into the Art in the Box – a minimalistic box placed on the street –accessible for everybody!

Wooden boxes with transparent fronts resembling a gigantic retro TV-set will appear on Brussels’ streets presenting amazing Polish design. The boxes are well lit and easily accessible for everyone. Available at any time – day and night and accompanied with a brief summery explaining the objects presented.

 Magic Box – Polish Design exhibition - no entrance, no tickets, no commitment! Just come and let surprise yourself with unorthodox design ideas! Simply for everybody!


  • Antoine Dansaertstraat/ Oude Graanmarkt, 1000 Brussel
  • Rue Antoine Dansaert/ Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains, 1000 Bruxelles
  • Place Eugène Flagey/ Eugene Flageyplein, 1050 Ixelles/ Elsene
  • Espace Léopold, Rue Wiertz/ Wiertzstraat 60, 1000 Bruxelles/Brussel

Opening: 10 September 2015, 18:30

The rooms of the Polish Ambassador

Avenue Gaulois 29, 1040 Etterbeek





MUST SEE: Pigalle Duperré is a colourful basketball court tucked between a row Parisian apartments

Ill-Studio has collaborated with French fashion brand Pigalle to create a multicoloured basketball court between a row of buildings in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.

Named after its location, the court is situated on Rue Duperré and was first renovated by Pigalle founder Stephane Ashpool and Nike in 2009. Last year, the two Paris-based studios came together to update the court and create a backdrop for the Pigalle Basketball Spring Summer 2015 presentation. The Pigalle label was founded in June 2009 and the brand launched its second line, Pigalle Basketball, in 2014.

"Stephane Ashpool, the founder and designer of Pigalle, has been playing on this court and training kids there for several years now," Paris-baed Ill-Studio said. "We first updated the design in 2014 as a collaboration with Stephane for the launch of the Pigalle Basketball store that is located just in front of the court."

Ill-Studio took inspiration from a 1930s artwork called Sportsmen by Russian artist Kasimir Malevich – a boldly coloured oil painting that depicts four figures stood side by side.

"Sportsmen is one of our favourite paintings of all time," said the studio. "We were attracted to the subjects of the painting, but also the strong colours and graphic composition that matched the direction we had in mind."

Panels of blue, white, red and yellow ethylene propylene diene monome (EPDM) rubber – a synthetic material commonly used in playground and sports areas – have been applied to the floor.



MUST HAVE: Floraform: blooming jewellery inspired by science and nature.

Science, technology, and nature have been blended together to create Floraform, a 3-D printed jewellery collection. Taking cues from the biomechanics of growing leaves and blooming flowers, design studio Nervous System replicates the intricate forms of plant tropism.

To create the jewellery, they developed a technique to stimulate the growing process of plants. They 3D printed their first forms for “Growing Objects,” an exhibition at Stonybrook University. From that, they created unique growth processes that became an emergent form. With ruffles, curves, and folds, the collection consists of 24 new designs in 3D printed nylon and sterling silver.


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