Maarten De Ceulaer (°1983) first studied Interior Design at the Sint-Lukas Hogeschool in Brussels. Attracted by a conceptual approach to design, he continued his studies at the Design Academy Eindhoven. A strong passion for travelling inspired his graduation project 'A Pile of Suitcases', which was immediately picked up by Nina Yashar, founder of the renowned Milanese gallery Nilufar. This was the start of a close and ongoing collaboration, and a collection that has grown steadily over the years.
Maarten is known for the highly evocative, poetic and playful touch he gives his objects. He uses his work to tell stories, to stir people's emotions, to inspire their imagination and to make them wonder. He continuously explores new materials and investigates in production techniques and crafts. The emotional aspect of objects is equally important as the functional, and he has great attention for detail. He likes to use materials in unconventional ways, and his objects never cease to surprise.
Maarten De Ceulaer has been awarded with the Belgian Young Designer award in 2007 and the Henry Van De Velde award for Young Talent 2013. Besides Gallery Nilufar, he also works with Victor Hunt Gallery in Brussels, and companies such as CC Tapis, Vibia, Fendi and Casamania. His work is held in private and public collections (Design Museum Ghent), and has been exhibited in museums (Stedelijk Museum ‘s Hertogenbosch, Design Museum Ghent, Triennale Milan), festivals, biennials and fairs worldwide.
Awards and Nominations
January '12 // Henry Van De Velde Award for Young Talent.
September '09 // 1 of 5 nominees of Blueprints 'Best New Product' award, 101% Design fair London.
September '07 //Belgian Young Designer of the Year Award.
November’05 // Toegepast 10, Z33 museum Hasselt, Belgium.
St. Lukas Hogeschool Brussel - Interior Design-2005
Design Academy Eindhoven –Industrial Design-2008
April // Doppia Firma, VIlla Mozart, Milan, Italy
april // presentations with vibia and cc-tapis at salone, milan italy
May // Doppia Firma at revelations, grand palais, paris, france
September // ‘Between Art and Design’, Centre Pompidou Brussels, Belgium
March // Collectible Art Fair with Victor Hunt Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Januari // ‘Itinérance 02’ at Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
December // Design Miami with Victor Hunt Gallery, USA
November // ‘From Belgium with Light’ at Museum of Grand-Hornu,, Belgium
September // ‘Maarten De Ceulaer, Suitcases’, solo show at Victor Hunt Gallery Brussels, Belgium.
April // Nilufar Depot during Salone del Mobile 2017, Milan, Italy
April // 20 years Salone Satellite, Milan, Italy
November // 'Hands On Design', Design Triennial, curated by Johan Valcke, at Design Museum Ghent, Belgium
November // 'The Living Room' at Mario Mauroner Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Oktober // Design Vlaanderen at Interieur Kortrijk, Belgium
September // 'Belgian Matters' at Design September, Brussels, Belgium
August // 'Occasionele Ontmoetingen', Diest, Belgium
June // Design Miami/Basel with Nilufar
May // 'Wood Obsessions' at Design.Ve – Design Walks Through Venice, Italy
April // Nilufar Depot - Salone del Mobile, Milan Italy
April // 'Belgian Matters' at Palazzo Litta, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
April // Cappellini Next, at Cappellini Point, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
March //'Quasi Segreti' curated by Beppe Finessi, Museo Poldi Pezzoli, Milan, Italy
Oktober // Design Derby at Design Museum Ghent, Belgium
Oktober // Designblok, Prague, Czech Republic
April // Salone del Mobile with Moroso, Milan, Italy
April // 'Cappellini Next', curated by Giulio Cappellini, at Salone Del Mobile,Milan, Italy
April // Inauguration show of Nilufar Depot, Milan, Italy
March // 'Vous avez dit bizarre?', Biennale Saint-Etienne, France
December // Design Miami with Victor Hunt Designart Dealer
December // Aqua Art Miami with Industry Gallery
November // Lightopia at Design Museum Ghent, Belgium
October // Art Silicon Valley with Industry Gallery
April // Industry at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase - "Danger Zone" curated by Eche Martinez, San Francisco
April // 'Reflections' at Triennale di Milano
March // PAD Paris with Galerie Du Passage, Paris
March // Design Days Dubai with Industry Gallery, Dubai
December // 'Tales of Heroes' at Design Week Hong Kong
November // 'Gelinkt', curated by Chris Meplon en Moniek Bucquoye, at Design Museum Gent
November // 'The Toolbox', curated by Giovanna Massoni, at Design Flanders gallery, Brussels
October // 'Into Studio' at atelier Kaspar Hamacher, Eupen, Belgium
October // PAD London with Galerie Du Passage
August // 'A Poesia das Formas', curated by Elien Haentjens and Davide Pirelli, Made, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
May // 'An inspiring journey through Belgian Design', curated by Adeline d'Ursel for Accenture, Brussels, Belgium.
April // 'Voyages' expo at Galerie Du Passage, showing entire Suitcase collection, Paris, France
April // 'Chest of Suitcases' at Nilufar during Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
March // 'Mutation Series' at Design Days Dubai with Industry Gallery, Dubai, UAE
March // L'objet d'un Dialogue, curated by Céline Savoye, Metz.
January // Nourritures Premières, curated by Elisabeth Leriche, Paris.
January // Henry Van De Velde Award exhibition, curated by Design Vlaanderen, Brussels.
December // Design Miami 2012 with Fendi, Industry Gallery and Nilufar, USA.
October // Squat #1 by Nilufar, Paris.
September // Design September at Studio With A View, Brussels.
August // Lecture and exhibition at BoomSPdesign, Brasil, Sao Paulo
April // Another Terra by InResidence, curated by Barbara Brondi and Marco Rainò, Milan.
April // ‘Mutation Series’ at Rossana Orlandi, Milan.
April // ‘Mutation Series’ at Perspectives, curated by Giovanna Massoni, Triennale design museum Milan.
March // Design Days Dubai with Victor Hunt.
February // Open House Barcelona.
February // Object Rotterdam with Victor Hunt.
December // Moss, New York.
November // Nilufar in Bergamo.
October // Qubique/Ventura Berlin.
September // Mint, London Design Festival.
September // Atomium Brussels, Design September.
September // Maison et Objet, Paris.
April // 'Balloon Bowls' show at Salone del Mobile with Victor Hunt, Milan.
September // Mint gallery, design festival London.
September // Galerie BSL, Paris.
September // 'Borders', group-exhibition on experimental design, DiB galerie, Brussels.
May- August // 'De Nieuwe Oogst', exhibition at Design Vlaanderen, Belgium.
July // Centre Pompidou-Metz for 'Imaginez Maintenant', Metz.
July- October // Mobilier Rare et Design, Art& Rapy with Nilufar, Moncaco.
June // Design Miami/Basel with gallery Nilufar.
April // Exhibiting the 'Colour Lights' at Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milano, Salone Del Mobile.
January // "Belgian Design Platform" at De Modefabriek, Amsterdam.
November // "Design Verpakt" at Design Vlaanderen gallery, Brussels.
november // "101 % Design Showcase", Designed In Brussels showroom, Brussels.
15-31 October // Design Tales exhibition at Lodz Design Festival.
September // Mint Escapes at Mint Gallery, London.
September // Design London with "101 % Design Collective" of Designed in Brussels and Brussels Export.
June // Repeat Please – curated by Hanneke Kamphuis & Hedwig van Onna – Stedelijk Museum ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
June // Design Basel with Nilufar Gallery
May // ICFF fair with "101 % Design Collective" of Designed in Brussels and Brussels Export
April // Solo Presentation of Suitcase Series at Nilufar Gallery, Salone Del Mobile, Milan, Italy
April // Salone del Mobile with Casamania and "101 % Design Collective" of Designed in Brussels and Brussels Export
// Art Object Rotterdam '08, curated by Li Edelkoort and the Design Huis
October// Interieur Kortrijk with Casamania
October// Graduation Galleries. Design Academy Eindhoven
April// Salone del Mobile with Casamania.
September // Belgian Young Designers Award, Designed In Brussels, Belgium.
December // Made In B , exposition and auction for young Brussels-based designers.
May // Exhibition + Auction “Second Hand-Second Life”, Petits Riens Brussels (B).
February // Exhibition Design Academy Eindhoven at Galery Emmy Miltenburg, Rotterdam (NL).
October// Interieur’06 Kortrijk , Design For Europe Exhibition
September// Exhibition Dynamo Design’06 , Artespace gallery brussels
November- February '06 // “Toegepast10” exhibition, Z33 museum Hasselt (B).
October // “Preview” young designers exhibition – dutch design week Eindhoven (NL).
June // Graduation Exhibition St Lukas Brussels (B).
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