Exaggerating the structural qualities of the original without reverting to imitation.
Charles Kaisin is a Belgian designer who works with objects, interiors, installations and scenographies. His designs explore materiality, recycling and process-based form making. Kaisin teaches design at Saint-Luc, Architecture School in Brussels.
At the Grand Hornu, a former coal mining complex in Belgium, Kaisin was commissioned to build a new auditorium and meeting space. His insertion, three free standing inclined cubes, play with the dichotomy between interior and exterior using dichroic surfaces and choreographed reflections. The kaleidoscopic qualities of the installation create an ethereal space that works in sophisticated dialogue with the nineteenth century site it inhabits.
In Kaisin’s installation reflections move beyond the surficial and reiterate the contextual qualities of the historical monument, exaggerating the structural qualities of the original without reverting to imitation. Without wistfulness or anxiety, Kaisin engages in contemporary experimentation.