Conferences this fall at MAD Brussels

From Art Nouveau and Danish fashion to sustainable design and the power of broken objects

The Brussels centre for fashion and design will be fully dedicated to Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon until the end of January with the recently opened exhibition NUEVO NOUVEAU. Besides this retrospective exhibition, MAD Brussels' programme is complemented by a wide range of lectures. Connected to the NUEVO NOUVEAU exhibition, architect David Garcia is invited for a lecture around the renovation of the iconic Casa Vicens. In addition, British author Katie Treggiden will present her latest book on circular design and Danish fashion designer Henrik Vibskov will give a master lecture on his fascinating career in the fashion industry.

Book presentation: Broken by Katie Treggiden (GB)

Wednesday evening October 25th at 19h

Broken: Mending and Repair in a Throwaway World is the sixth book by award-winning writer Katie Treggiden. Treggiden explores the work of 25 artists, curators and designers who involve "repair" in their work in various ways. Throughout the book, Treggiden asks readers not only to repair the things we own, but also to address what is broken in our culture, systems and society. Only by acknowledging this damage can we create new order; and thus tell new and better stories.

Katie Treggiden is an author, journalist, podcaster and keynote speaker who champions a circular approach to design. She is also the founder and director of Making Design Circular, a membership community of designers who contribute to a thriving planet with every homemade product. With 20 years of experience in the creative industries, Treggiden is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Crafts Magazine and Design Milk. Currently, she is focusing her research on the question 'Can craft save the world?'

Lecture: architect David Garcia (ES) on Casa Vicens

Monday evening November 6th at 19h

David García (Barcelona, 1979) is an architect by Universitat Ramon Llull. His academic training has remained active in parallel to his professional career. He has completed the MPIA Master and written a thesis on Arne Jacobsen's aggregative distributions, being currently a doctoral student in this field. He started working in different architectural firms such as Estudio Benjamín Pleguezuelos or Martinez Lapeña - Torres arquitectos before founding his own studio together with his partner Antón Chacártegui in 2005. In 2010, he founded DAW Office, the studio he currently leads.

The various projects the studio proposed range from housing to urban masterplans, also including public facilities and heritage rehabilitation. Among the most outstanding are the rehabilitation of the Casa Vicens together with Martinez Lapeña - Torres studio, the new Yacht Club in Premià de Mar, the rehabilitation of the Princesa19 residential building in the Born district of Barcelona or the drafting of the urban masterplan for Aguaduna, a future eco-city in Brazil.

The first work built by the modernist architect Antoni Gaudí was Casa Vicens in 1885. It was renovated and enlarged by Joan Baptista Serra de Martínez in 1925, and unfortunately underwent several interventions between the 1960s and the 1990s. In 2005, UNESCO declared the house a World Heritage Site. From 2015 to 2017, the renovation and restoration of Casa Vicens took place under the direction of David García from estudio de arquitectura DAW Office. David García will elaborate on the history, architectural challenges and restoration of the interior of this Art Nouveau gem during the lecture.

Lecture: fashion designer Henrik Vibskov (DK)

Wednesday evening November 22nd at 19h

"The Great Chain Of Sleepers", "The Five O'clock Leg Alignment" and "The Kitchen Of The Non Existent" are just some of the titles of Henrik Vibskov's fashion shows. Each title refers to a different fascinating universe hidden behind his collections. Since graduating from Central St. Martins in 2001, Henrik Vibskov has already designed over 40 men's and women's collections. In addition, he is one of the few Scandinavian designers on the official programme of Paris Fashion Week.

Between creating new collections every two years, Vibskov also designs costumes for numerous operas and performances, including Hotel Pro Forma, Oslo Opera and Brussels Opera. Henrik Vibskov is also a professor at the Design School Kolding Denmark and often sits as a jury member at institutions such as Central Saint Martins in London, the IED in Madrid and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. Henrik has published five books so far, including a new monograph in 2020. He also fills in his remaining time as a drummer, artist and curator.

Henrik Vibskov will elaborate on his professional track record and experience in the fashion industry during the lecture.

Practical information

25.10.2023: Book presentation of Broken by Katie Treggiden (GB)

The book presentation will take place at MAD Brussels: Nieuwe Graanmarkt 10, 1000 Brussels. The event will start at 19h, followed by a Q&A and networking moment.

Free registration is possible via this link.

06.11.2023: Lecture by architect David Garcia (ES) on Casa Vicens

The lecture will take place at MAD Brussels: Nieuwe Graanmarkt 10, 1000 Brussels. The event will start at 19h, followed by a drink at 20h30.

Free registration is available via this link.

22.11.2023: Lecture by fashion designer Henrik Vibskov (DK)

The lecture will take place at MAD Brussels: Nieuwe Graanmarkt 10, 1000 Brussels. The lecture will start at 19h, followed by a Q&A.

Free registration is available via this link.

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