‘Ornamentum’: Unraveling A Furniture Design Collection With Excessive Decoration

A furniture design collection of conceptual aluminum furniture by designers Orson Oxo Van Beek and Quinten Mestdagh straddles “the boundary between aesthetic and function” through its excessive decoration.

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Entitled Ornamentum, the modern design collection comprises a chair, a table, and a lamp made from pieces of aluminum with sharp and pointy edges, making them appear dangerous to touch or use.

Orson Oxo Van Beek is a spatial designer who primarily specializes in contemporary furniture and spatial art installations.

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“We wanted to make the pieces so overly decorated, to a point where the actual furniture becomes functionless; an ornament in itself. The danger adds to the aesthetic and, most importantly, to the non-function of the object.”

Van Beek states.

Designed by Antwerp-based spatial designer Orson Oxo Van Beek in collaboration with fashion designer Quinten Mestdagh, the furniture design collection is currently being exhibited at the Everyday Gallery in Antwerp.

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“This collection aimed to create a collection of unfamiliar decorative furniture that touches the boundary between aesthetics and functionality. We were fascinated with ornamental and decorative furniture and questioned why there is an absence of decoration within contemporary design.”

Van Beek said.
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Looking at the ornamental styles of rococo, baroque, and renaissance furniture, the structure of each piece is made up of the decorative emblems and graphic symbols found on furniture from these periods. This furniture design merges contemporary art with a vintage aesthetic.

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