14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

19.11.2015 - Dries Tack
 
We are pleased to present you the artwork of the 14 internationally renowned artists and designers offering their vision of the traditional Christmas tree in support of BIG against breast cancer (BIG).
 
“The Designers’ Christmas Trees” has become an unmissable annual event in Belgium, lighting up the social calendars of art and design enthusiasts from across the country. This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the event in Paris, originally created by Marie-Christiane Marek. 
 
This event creates a special link between artistic innovation and the innovation required to progress in the field of breast cancer research.
 
On the 30th of November 2015, each unique piece will be auctioned in support of BIG against breast cancer. The gala event and auction is hosted by The Hotel Brussels.
 
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, a « 6-hands » gala dinner will be served by top chefs - Viki Geunes** of Restaurant ‘t Zilte, Stéphanie Thunus* of restaurant au Gré du Vent, Pierre Balthazar of The Restaurant, and a dessert by Marc Ducobu.
 
For more information and reservations please visit : bigagainstbreastcancer.org

O1 ELVIS POMPILIO 

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The starting point in the career of this hat designer was a simple showroom in 1987. Pompilio now skilfully styles the heads of celebrities from all over the world including Madonna, Amelie Nothomb, Blondie, Lio, Harrison Ford, Mickey Rourke, Arielle Dombasle, as well as members of the royal families of Great Britain, Norway, The Netherlands, Sweden and Belgium. A varied career, you might see him designing costumes for an opera, creating a table for San Pellegrino, or expanding his business in Asia, among other things. 

ABOUT THE PIECE

“My Christmas tree is related to my work as a hat designer and at the same time it is a tree built of surprises and gifts. It consists of hat boxes, one containing a head piece - it is also a Russian doll as the boxes fit into each other making it easy to store for next year.” 

O2 A.F. VANDERVORST

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST

An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx met in 1987 on their first day of school at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Ten years later, they set up their company, Blixa, and presented their first collection as A.F.Vandevorst in Paris, and almost immediately won the Vénus de la Mode in 1998 as “Futur Grand Createur”. The current A.F.Vandevorst line is a complete women’s ready-to-wear line comprising of shoes, bags and accessories. Their collections are shown twice a year during the Paris Women’s Fashion Week, and are sold worldwide.

ABOUT THE PIECE

“Our Christmas tree represents a waterfall of candle wax made out of 100 burning candles. In this way, our Christmas wall is constantly in motion. For us, a candle is a strong universal symbol, which represents different emotions - it can reflect celebration as well as healing in all cultures around the world. A candle can sparkle and at the same time be humble”. 

03 SOMEY

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Somey is a Brussels-based graffiti and street artist and sculptor. Recognised by his peers on the European graffiti scene, it is through his travels that he created his own style of drawing freehand lettering using colourful aesthetics and New York-wildstyle. His works reflect the world of science fiction and comic books - his passion for cinema and pop art are visible in his paintings and drawings. 

INSPIRATION FOR THE PIECE 

“If Christmas was a brand, the chrome- plated aspect of the ball would be its brand symbol – this was the main inspiration for this piece. Throughout my childhood, my Christmas tree was covered with colourful glittery balls. At Christmas, green fir trees are adorned with thousands of colours to turn them into Christmas trees. When I was younger, I painted balls in bright and brilliant colours for shop windows and the windows of my parents. They are inseparable from the year-end festivities, and reflect the magic and light of this tradition”. 

O4 KOEN VANMECHELEN

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

The Belgian native Koen Vanmechelen, is an internationally renowned, conceptual artist. His ground-breaking work deals with biocultural diversity and identity. Over the past decade, Koen Vanmechelen has collaborated with scientists from different disciplines, earning him an honorary doctorate at the University of Hasselt in 2010 and the Golden Nica for Hybrid Art in 2013. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

This mesmerising chicken pine is made up of different generations of crossbred chickens belonging to Koen Vanmechelen’s Cosmopolitan Chicken Project, a vast project centering around themes of biocultural diversity and identity. On top of this Christmas tree peaks a golden spur, protecting the “tree of diversity”. The ring, marking the chicken leg that is supporting the tree, sets it apart from the others. 

O5 OLI-B

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Oli-B is a painter, an illustrator and street artist from Brussels. His work may include materials of acrylic, spray paint and screen printing techniques on a wide variety of surfaces, including paper, canvas, wood, walls or even stickers. Oli-B’s flow operates on various fronts. Visually, it is fluidity that predominates gentle curves and abstract forms that both hint at, and escape from, the figurative – he uses colours that are emphatic but balance each other, and a composition that binds everything together. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

“The Christmas tree reminds me of memories of childhood and family. I was inspired by the iconic triangular shape of the fir tree. I like to approach simple and geometric spaces and embed them into abstract forms. I focused on the graphics - the shapes of decorations, colours, lights are represented in a minimalist and abstract way – I feel that the tree transforms into an organic composition, lively and colourful”. 

O6 GLENN SESTIG

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Glenn Sestig Architects is synonymous with contemporary chic. This architecture is no longer a movement in time, but becomes a declaration of a global luxurious lifestyle. His work can be seen as unrelentingly urban and contemporary - materials are exclusive and the combinations are refreshing and unique. Each completed work is considered as a minor work of art, wherein art and fashion are essential sources of inspiration. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

“Our Christmas tree, “Sylvester”, is not a traditional symbol – it represents an architectural space, with an edifice symbolising a meeting between friends sharing the fun of Christmas. It is made of black glass as a solid temple, and rests on a sleek matte black base with polished brass details - the opening of the temple triangle. This tree is a reflection of all of our work and an appreciation of the joy and happiness of life”. 

O7 MULLER VAN SEVEREN

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

The furniture of Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen sit somewhere between design and art – it’s obviously furniture, but the emphasis is not completely concentrated on function and suggests different ways of living and use of space. There is wit in both artists’ work which follows into their furniture collection, such as two shelving units becoming entangled and inseparable or two people being forced into conversation by a double seat. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

“This piece was born while we were working on models for an exhibition in Paris. Passionate about the need for sustainability in the modern world, we were inspired by the remains of our material to create this colourful Christmas tree – we ourselves were surprised by its beauty, you can say it was an impulsive, intuitive creation”. 

O8 CLIO GOLDBRENNER

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Clio Goldbrenner’s success in Belgium hasn’t stopped growing since her first collection in 2011, and is now expanding worldwide. Always faithful to her initial aim for elegance with a trendy yet timeless bag for relaxed ladies, she continues to work with noble materials and selects the best leather for her designs. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

“I wanted to integrate the central elements of the label by starting with the octagonal shape of the rivet, from which the chainmail element was born. We then opted for a minimal geometric design composed of straight lines, complemented by our characteristic golden palette. It ties in with the Goldbrenner name, which means “goldsmith”. We also used leather so as to show our trademark expertise - we’ve been using different types of leather each season since the beginning of the label, which will soon celebrate its five-year anniversary.” 

09 HERVÉ VAN DER STRAETEN

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Having trained at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Hervé Van der Straeten became famous in 1985 for his jewellery collections, which were an immediate success. Now an independent designer, he won international recognition for his creations in furniture, lighting and mirrors. From unique pieces to limited series, his collections are designed in his own workshops and exhibited in his gallery in Le Marais, Paris, opened in 1999. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

“The Christmas tree is essential for any Christmas party. It represents transmission and generosity. I like things to last - unlike a fleeting garland, the decorations of this tree can be used as a woman’s jewellery. Thanks to an impressive combination, the jewellery illuminates the figure – they are sculptural pieces that create dialogue. Brass hand-hammered and gilded with fine gold, these jewels are part of the Frou Frou collection.” 

10 MAISON ULLENS

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Maison Ullens focuses on the world of travel, chic sportswear and the urban lifestyle, embodied in mesh (essentially cashmere). Three “ways of life” are rooted in the brand - a luxury culture, an aesthetic “absolute taste” and the opening of the senses. These “ways of life” celebrate a complete, versatile wardrobe - leather, shearling and lambskin are used by Maison Ullens as elegant and powerful additions. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

“For us, this piece is a symbol of sharing, acting like a magnet, bringing together families and friends. It evokes happiness to meet, exchange and share - the pleasure of enjoying time together. The piece is ornamented with crystals that reflect light and their individual pieces enhance the beauty of materials and textures.” 

11 NEDDA EL-ASMAR

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Nedda El-Asmar trained as a jewellery designer and silversmith, however it is impossible to sum up her various activities over the last twenty years. Since 2008, Erik Indekeu is her design partner - he has years of experience in product design with dif- ferent materials and production techniques. Their partnership and her nomination as Designer of the Year in 2007 mean that the diversification of her projects has gained momentum. Their adagio “A world of seemingly simple shapes” perfectly describes their designs. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

From far away, the spruce tree shows itself as a cone coming closer, the cone reveals cutouts on the sides. You will notice the radial and horizontally-oriented branches and feel a myriad of needles. This is how we envisioned our Christmas tree, Nuna. The Christmas dinner and “pièce montée” are the inspiration – there is an assembly of porcelain pieces from the Sastrugi collection which we designed for the Princess Elisabeth Belgian scientific polar research station in Antarctica. By putting the porcelain pieces meticulously on top of each other, our inspiring “pièce montée” is growing like a tree from the centre of the table. 

12 EDITH DEKYNDT

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Belgian-born Edith Dekyndt is currently a resident of Berlin. Her work has been exhibited in many international institutions and are present in many private collections such as the Crandford Collection in London, as well as collections at the Ixelles Museum in Brussels and the Buffalo in the USA. Working in the space of two overlapping territories - physical and aesthetic - Edith Dekyndt methodologies have something akin to scientific experiments. 

INSPIRATION FOR THE PIECE 

With minimal intervention, Edith Dekyndt creates works that co-exist with the forces of particular places and the natural phenomena unique to them. She is less interested in the pursuit of decisive evidence than in the opening to the unknown results of success and failure. In her piece, Edith is less interested in objective fact, universal and cold, than in how various explorations can lead to a personal and emotional response. As a result of her many projects and trips, Edith has spent a significant amount of time evoking persistence, which is clear in those who will appreciate this piece. 

13 STELLA MCCARTNEY WITH BLACHÈRE

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Born and raised in London and the English countryside, Stella McCartney graduated from Central St Martins in 1995.She launched her own fashion house under her name in a partnership with Kering, and showed her first collection in Paris in October 2001. A lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney does not use any leather or fur in her designs, and sustainability is central to the label - her collections include women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, lingerie, eyewear, fragrance and children’s fashion. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

For the 3rd Belgian edition of The Designers’ Christmas Trees, Stella McCartney has created a bright, light and contemporary tree that captures the fun of Christmas. Featuring wooden stacked boxes with perspex side panels to create spaces, it recreates the traditional Christmas tree shape with a modern twist. Cream and bright white neon stars fill each box to add to the festive feel. 

14 HANS OP DE BEECK

14 amazing Christmas artworks to be auctioned on 30/11

ABOUT THE ARTIST 

Garnering international success towards the end of the 1990s, Hans Op de Beeck is well-known for his versatile productions and use of an impressive array of different mediums - sculpture, video, animated films, drawing, painting, photography, writing, music composing, theatre and opera directing. He is represented by world leading art galleries such as Galleria Continua, and has had comprehensive solo shows in top museums across the world such as the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington DC and the MOCA in Cleveland. He recently wrote, directed and stage designed his first own theatre play, and will be directing and stage designing a major opera with 200 musicians for the Rühr Triennale in Germany in summer 2016. 

ABOUT THE PIECE 

There are two versions of a Christmas tree - before and after the event. This sculpture represents the “after-event” treepine needles on the floor, broken Christmas balls, an ashtray with cigarette butts, empty beer and soft drink cans, a lost cell phone. It shows a certain emptiness after the party, like something petrified in time, a standstill, a Pompeii-like contemporary piece. It radiates an inert, fossilised impression, yet was prepared from a variety of materials. Entirely hand-sculpted in copper, the objects are made of solid plaster and the base of wood. The whole piece is treated with a thick, matte grey cementitious coating as a finishing layer, and has a very soft skin - the artwork captures the light tenderly, as if it were velvet. 

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