MaisonCaro designed a dinner experience during BoDW 2012 in Hong Kong. A happening designed for Belgian Spirit, an initiative of the three Belgian regions of Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia. Belgian Spirit presents the best of Belgian design at BoDW Hong Kong. This Design dinner event is organized in cooperation with the Consulate General of Belgium in Hong Kong and the Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. Project supported by Awex, Brussel invest & export, Flanders investment & trade, Design Flanders, MAD Brussels, Wallonie-Bruxelles Design Mode.

Belgian designers were integrated in the performance. A list of the participating designers:

01
— Designer
Alain Berteau
www.objekten.com
02
— Designer
Nicolas Bovesse
www.nicolasbovesse.be
03
— Designer
BramBoo
www.bramboo.be
— Producer
www.serax.be
04
— Designer
Raphaël Charles
www.raphaelcharles.com
05
— Designer
Jean Francois D’Or
www.loudordesign.be
06
— Designer
Caroline Dobbs
— Producer
www.oxygene-deco.com
07
— Designer
Nedda El-Asmar
www.nedda.be
— Producer
www.serax.be
08
— Designer
Davy Grosemans
www.dasding.be
09
— Designer
Linde Hermans
www.lindehermans.be
— Producer
www.rodeschoentjes.be
10
— Designer
Christiane Högner
www.lofi-studio.com
— Gallery
www.thegallerybruxelles.com
11
— Designer
Charles Kaisin
www.charleskaisin.com
— Producer
www.val-saint-lambert.com
12
— Designer
kuppers&wuytens
www.kupperswuytens.com
13
— Designer
Charlotte Lancelot
www.charlottelancelot.com
— Producer
www.konstantinslawinski.com
14
— Designer
Lore Langendries
— Gallery
www.moozeum.com
15
— Designer
Elisabeth Leenknegt
www.elisa-lee.be
16
— Producer
www.libeco.com
17
— Designer
Cathérine Lovatt
users.telenet.be/catherinelovatt
18
— Designer
Jan Marechal
— Gallery
www.moozeum.com
19
— Designer
Hugo Meert
www.hugomeert.be
20
— Designer
Marie Mees
& Cathérine Biasino
www.thealfredcollection.be
21
— Designer
Peyman Nadirzadeh
www.peymandesign.com
— Shop
www.winkelhaak.be
22
— Designer
Dik Scheepers
www.dikscheepers.nl
— Producer
www.serax.be
23
— Designer
Piet Stockmans
www.pietstockmans.com
— Producer
www.serax.com
24
— Designer
Roel Vandebeek
www.beekdesign.be
25
— Designer
Roos Van de Velde
www.roosvandevelde.be
— Producer
www.serax.com
26
— Designer
Ann Van Hoey
www.annvanhoey-ceramics.be
— Producer
www.serax.com
27
— Designer
Veerle Van Overloop
www.foudefeu.be
28
— Designer
Ann Vereecken
& Jeroen Worst
www.studioandersom.be
29
— Designer
Michaël Verheyden
www.michaelverheyden.be
30
— Designer
Hubert Verstraeten
www.tamawa.be
31
— Designer
Claire Warnier
& Dries Verbruggen
www.unfold.be

Credits:
graphics – Kahil Janssens
actress – Valérie Mertens
chef -Filip Fransen & Philippe Moriau
dancer – Chelsea Coleborne
sound & light – Dillian Fevry

Playing Senses

A performance to immerse and play with your senses. Discover 31 Belgian designers in an experience.

 

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For this event Caro designed a spectacle that sets between fiction and reality. Where the visitors becomes part of the scene. This symbolizes for me the Belgian surrealism. “From the 1920’s to the 1960’s and beyond, it explored the mysterious dream world of the unconscious mind. Inspired by the new field of psychoanalysis, artist like René Magritte painted illogical scenes with unnerving precision, surrealist pictures depict a familiar yet alien world of dreamlike serenity and nightmarisch fantasy, .. ” - Mary Ann Caws on Surrealism.

 

conceptdocument_Page_032To design this I manipulated the time, the place and the action so that a different experience for of the context occurs. The purpose of this experience is to communicate a feeling, to cherish and to create long lasting relationships. I tried to design an experience with all senses, an experience you will not soon forget. An experience to slow down, to tell a story and to cultivate an ideal environment to view Belgian Design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story goes as followed; guest arrived, a drink of sag infused pineapple juice was presented to lift the energy.

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Ŵhen guest all arrived they were guided to the performance. Once entered the guests viewed a single spot on a girl with a big necklace and a big book. She was sitting in a dark room with the lighted skyline of Hong Kong behind her. Telling a story of the silk thread that came out of Wally’s belly, the caterpillar. Who travelled from west to east over seas and mountains, following his thread to were it all began: Hong Kong.

 

 

 

 

 

Two more lights go on, showing traditional Belgian fingerfood integrated in a still life. A still life with duck eggs, wood and cinnamon referring to Foiegras with gingerbread. In total three still life’s integrated with Belgian design & traditional Belgian food are shown. (pressed porks head with asparagus & mustard, blood sausage with red cabbage and apple )

 

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Guests are guided to the second part of the performance; a big dinner table of 6m which is curved at the end. Guests are seated 1.20m from the table, referring to a theatre setting. A shadow wakes up behind the curtain, a girl sipping from a cup slowlymoves while a shadow of a city is casted. Lights on the table turn on, a girl on the table between stacks of china is waking up. She is arranging the china, suddenly she takes out small lights and turns the stacks into a city with streets, promenades, sidewalks and lights. The lights turn off and show this magical city. A dancer appears and starts to break down the city into a l’art de la table, spreading and arranging the table in a systematic way. Guests are guided to the table where a napkin bonne bavette is strapped on and soup is served.  After main course and desserts guests are invited to bring there lucky candle (on the table) and light it into the space next door. Here three still life’s with coffee, tea & sweets are shown referring to the beginning.
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