Behind the scenes of creation according to Benoît Deneufbourg


A confirmed designer

He studied interior design at the school of Saint-Luc in Brussels and is passionate about materials and manufacturing processes. Assistant to Xavier Lust for two years, he designs simple objects and values ​​his collaboration with craftsmen, technicians, engineers… above all, teamwork. Yes, the designer would be nothing on his own! For Benoît Deneufbourg, creations are not just finished objects displayed on a pedestal in a boutique or a museum. They tell a story, a manufacturing project, tests, failures, successes, adaptations… And it is precisely this story that we are told the “Process” exhibition which presents pieces finals, but also elements of understanding for explore the creative journey and its stages encountered: a whole journey to get there.

projects explained

This work of reflection is told in particular through the creations carried out with the collaboration of Keramis, a ceramic company located in Hainaut, in La Louvière. The same goes for office accessories evoked through cardboard models, preliminary drawings. Because in the digital age and before the 3D stage, there are always basic sketches. For Benoît Deneufbourg, it is the technical processes that predominate over the form that generate the form itself.

In a project of multifunctional boxes for office or kitchen, the designer played with the lid which also becomes a container and offers a complementary use. On the aesthetic side, the effects of matt and shiny contrasts highlight the function of the object. Studies of the refined design with the craftsman, preliminary tests, creation of molds and castings, revelations of the different firings required, prototypes first made in clay, simple objects are often those that required the most work… Benoît Deneufbourg also designs the tools that serve the objects he has to create. Flap, one of his latest edited creations, is a desk that offers integrated lighting and magazine storage. Closing the silent tablet does not require pistons. For the sake of aesthetic layering and evoking the paneling of a wooden cladding, he did not hesitate to review the stacking system of the letter tray to make this common object a marvel of refinement!

Volumes and spaces

The second part of the exhibition is dedicated to interior designer work. We can then discover an artist residency project, produced from a fictitious specification. But also a very real job with the fitting out of the new Grand-Hornu cafeteria…

Contact :
CID – Center for innovation and design at Grand Hornu
until February 2, 2019.
Grand-Hornu site
Rue Sainte-Louise, 82
7301 Hornu
Such. : 0032 (0)65 65 21 21

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