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Heritage site signage, vitreous enamel

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Heritage site signage, vitreous enamel

Heritage site signage, vitreous enamel
The national heritage agency in Luxembourg (Service des Sites et Monuments Nationaux ) has asked me to design & develop a bespoke information panel system for two distinct archeological sites.  Both sites are in an unsupervised environment and required a simple and robust solution against weathering effects and vandalism.

The steel support structures have been designed especially for this project to be as light & unobstrusive as possible and to best integrate into the sensitive archeological sites.

Made in the northern Vosges region in France famous for its glass manufacturing tradition, the panels are made from vitreous enamel in one of the only remaining vitreous enamel factories in Europe. This traditional technique, where the graphics are silkscreened and heated up to 850 C°, is extremly hard-wearing, UV stable and weathering proof.

Client: SSMN (Service des Sites et Monuments Nationaux)
En collaboration avec le CNRA (Centre National de Recherche Archéologique)
Graphic design: Arnaud Mouriamé

Work hard, play hard

Posted in Branding, Colours, textures & surfaces, My projects, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 29/07/2015

Custom deckchair installation, Presidency of the European Council, Justus Lipsius


The third installation of my project for the Luxembourg Presidency of the European Council 2015 in the Atrium of the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels.

The idea of sitting together in a more sociable and friendly way, as one does between friends that work on a common project, is also the idea behind the installation in the Atrium of the Justus Lipsius building (see previous post ‘Presidency of the European Council design project – part 2’ ). The visitors are invited to claim the space and to move the deckchairs around by reconfiguring them as they wish.

The 28 deckchairs bring together in a proportionate yet abstract manner all the colours of the flags of the 28 Member States – by collecting & rejigging these colours into a new composition which was then printed onto the fabric in a ‘traditional stripey way’. Everybody will be able to find their ‘own’ specific colours within a collectif colour scheme.

The deckchairs also refer to the poetic image of time spent with family and friends, which for many Luxembourgers, means past holidays spent at the Belgian coast – a nod also to Belgium, the country with which Luxembourg has close links, and which houses the Council.

Client: Ministère de la Culture
Graphic artwork: Laurent Daubach

Presidency of the European Council – curiosity cabinet exhibition in detail

Posted in Branding, Exhibitions & installations, My projects, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 27/07/2015

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Additional information on the project can be found here:



Presidency of the European Council design project – part 2


The Presidency campfire meeting room, for the Luxembourg presidency of the European Council

By analysing the usually conventional set-up of meeting rooms for diplomats & heads of state one thing becomes clear, there is always a certain distance between the individual seatings – not too close and yet not too far away from your interlocutor. On this occasion I was able to challenge this status quo by creating a space where everybody had to decide for himself how close he or she wants to sit in relation to their interlocutor (and how good a friend he or she really is).

The ‘campfire’ is a space for people that share a common project & a common cause. A place where you can sit all night talking to friends, sorting out differences and coming out with a stronger bond… even if that looks like a difficult thing to achieve at this moment in time.


DIY style duck fishing

Posted in Exhibitions & installations, Products & furniture, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 27/04/2015

Televie charity, Hesperange

Dutch pride

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture, Retail environments by zigideluxe on 06/01/2015


Nation branding, according to KLM

Lego style outdoor furniture for the almost grown-ups

Conventional tables and chairs wouldn’t have worked that well for the terrasse of my local hangout. The cultural centre Carrérotondes in Luxembourg, with its concerts, exhibitions, kids theatres and parties required a flexible way of sitting (and drinking). The Lego principle gives plenty of options on how to configure the modules, leaving it up to the user and the moment to choose how to use them.
Materials: Custom designed male & female rubber connectors combined with water resistant low-cost plywood.

Photo © Sven Becker

Photo © Sven Becker



Chainsaw massacre

Tree & chainsaw = very nice steps

The art of spinning

Posted in Engineering beauty, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 09/10/2014

It seems you have to travel to central Paris to find somebody still able to master this craft! See also this short documentary showing the process:

Chop chop

Posted in Colours, textures & surfaces, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 16/04/2014

Chopping bloc at the Drimos Taverne in Crete, made from a single tree trunk, blood red.


Ornament is not a crime

Posted in Branding, Products & furniture, Vintage furniture by zigideluxe on 29/01/2014

A fine example of integrating branding and decoration into a technical part of a Triumph bicycle from the 50’s.

Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg

Posted in My projects, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 29/12/2013

Some images of my latest interior & furniture design  project for the new offices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law located in the Weicker Building in Luxembourg-city.

The building itself was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, a building with a very specific formal identity. The challenge was to find a suitable visual language that fits the architecture and, at the same time, cover all the functionalities and representative needs required by this prestigious client – all of this within a framework of a EU wide open tender procedure. The result is a mix of products from high-end furniture manufacturers and a range of custom-designed objects to ensure a coherent visual language and quality throughout the building.

Developed in collaboration with Teisen-Giesler Architectes
Client: Max Planck Insitute Luxembourg
Office & library surface: 4500m2
Max Planck reading roomMax Planck meeting cornerMax Planck double office space Photos © Christian Mosar

Outdoor furniture – extra bold

Designed for outdoor spaces like nature reserves, parks & forests, this seating range is composed of large & chunky shapes with very simple profiles. The large – single piece – wood parts are made from locally sourced oak trunks with a simply sawn finish to resist weathering and vandalism. Due to its thickness, the wood can be sanded down if damaged but can also happily live with the added texture.
The wood profiles and tubular powder coated steel tubes are both an integral part of the structure and form objects with a strong visual contrast between natural and man made materials. The simple & sculptural shapes should integrate well in natural environments, yet stand out enough to be noticed for its quality.

Outdoor furniture range Outdoor park bench Outdoor lounge chair Outdoor picnic table

Ingenious low budget playground

Posted in Products & furniture, Street furniture & public realm by zigideluxe on 19/06/2013

A resourceful approach to create a playground in Corfu… and I bet it ticks all the boxes of safety standards too!

Chamfered plywood table

Posted in My projects, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 25/02/2013

In collaboration with furniture maker Norbert Brakonier S.A. we finalised the first working prototype of the ‘plywood table’, a product that aims to be good value and equally good quality. Manufactured from a single thickness of standard factory made plywood with white melamine surfaces, the angled legs with its chamfered corners give the table structural stability and character. Additionally, custom-made large aluminium screws in a brightly anodised colour connect the table top to the legs, all visible and obvious!

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