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Kulturhuef Grevenmacher, print museum exhibition

Kulturhuef Grevenmacher, print museum exhibition

Kulturhuef Grevenmacher, print museum exhibition

Kulturhuef Grevenmacher, print museum exhibition

Kulturhuef Grevenmacher, print museum exhibition

Kulturhuef Grevenmacher, print museum exhibition

In collaboration with graphic designer Laurent Daubach we have designed a permanent exhibition about the history of printing for the Kulturhuef in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg. The pièce de résistance of the exhibition is a timeline with integrated showcases, spanning over the whole length of the main gallery. The timeline gives the visitor an educationally valuable overview of technical and related political changes from the beginnings of printing up to the 21st century.

Old meets new

Posted in Branding, Colours, textures & surfaces, My projects, Products & furniture by zigideluxe on 14/12/2017

In collaboration with the Service National des Sites et Monuments Nationaux we are re-designing the interiors of the Chateau de Bourglinster, on the outskirts of Luxembourg-city. Until the project is completed, here a little sneak preview showing a partial prototype test of a custom designed & developed LED standing light for the castle. The light will be dimmable and feature continuously rotating LED discs with bespoke electronics fitted to a CNC turned wooden stand.

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In collaboration with Luxembourg based architects WW+ we have been commissioned by the city of Luxembourg – Service Ouvrages d’Art, Génie Civil, Constructions – to develop a signage concept & design manual to implement a comprehensive new signage system across potentially 15 public parkings owned by the city ( starting with the parkings Knuedler & Neipperg). A challenging task considering that the buildings have very different layouts and circulation principles.

Our user-focused approach has been to establish a clear hierarchy of the information and to prioritise on the, more vulnerable, pedestrian user ( the driver / user outside the car). We separated the signage system for drivers & pedestrians for clarity and reduced the graphic interventions & colours to a strategic minimum to maximise their effectiveness. Our main aim was to make the spacial perception and the navigation within the space as intuitive as possible.
Floor level information consists of a range of carefully selected bright colours, in conjunction with illustrations and large scale numerals. They are only indicated on the exit stairs bloc, creating an intuitive ‘visual pull’ towards them.

Graphic design: Laurent Daubach

Curiosity Cabinet on tour

Posted in Branding, Exhibitions & installations, My projects by zigideluxe on 18/04/2016

 

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For the luxembourgish Presidency of the European Council from 01.07 – 31.12.2015 the Ministry of Culture commissioned me to design three spaces in the Justus Lipsius building of the Council of Europe in Brussels.

One part of the project consisted of this curiosity cabinet exhibition made from 45 individual front or back-lit boxes. The cabinet showed a more unusual side of luxembourgish history & culture, mixing together an apparent random selection of oddities and stories from past and present. One of the aims was to focus on the people (artists, writers, film makers, cooks, engineers & inventors) but also institutions, industries & customs that contribute to the fabric of the country, showing a side that would be little known outside its borders.

Following the Presidency the exhibition was recently shown at the Ministère de la Culture in Luxembourg. Currently the concept is being evaluated to be adapted to go on tour.

Back to the stone age


Heritage site signage, vitreous enamel

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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 unsupervised, which required a simple and robust solution against weathering effects and vandalism.

The steel support structures have been designed as light & unobstrusive as possible to integrate them visually into the sensitive archeological sites.
The information panels are manufactured 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 on low carbon steel and fired at 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
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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 design project – part 1

Posted in Branding, Exhibitions & installations, My projects by zigideluxe on 09/07/2015

Luxembourg presidency, Council of Europe, Justus Lipsius

Luxembourg presidency, Council of Europe, Justus Lipsius

Luxembourg presidency, Council of Europe, Justus Lipsius


For the luxembourgish Presidency of the European Council from 01.07 – 31.12.2015 the Ministry of Culture has commissioned me to design three spaces in the Justus Lipsius building of the Council of Europe in Brussels.

This part of the project consists of an curiosity cabinet made from 45 individual front or back-lit boxes. The cabinet shows a more unusual side of luxembougish history & culture, mixing together an apparent random selection of oddities and stories from past and present. One of the aims was to focus on the people (artists, writers, film makers, cooks, engineers & inventors) but also institutions, industries & customs that contribute to the fabric of the country, showing a side that would be little known outside its borders.

The content has been developed in collaboration with the Ministry of culture and a booklet has also been produced to help the baffled visitors to understand the slightly obscure images & objects.
Last but not least, luxembourgish artists Paul Kirps and Filip Markiewicz have also produced specific artworks for the cabinet.

Click here to download the exhibition booklet
Graphic design: designbureau.lu

 

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

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