Pieter De Bruyne BE
Atelier Pieter De Bruyne BE
laminated chipboard, ebony, gilded bronze fittings
purchase from the designer, 1980
Pieter De Bruyne was fascinated by the measuring systems that furniture makers used in the course of history. This chest was inspired by an eighteenth-century bureau desk from the collection of the Musée Condé in Chantilly. It has the same dimensions as the chest of this French piece of furniture, and the diagonals in the design are inspired by the result of the meticulous measuring and formal analysis that De Bruyne made. The contrast between the abstract linework and the eighteenth -century fragment in the upper left corner compels a comparison with later postmodernism. However, Pieter De Bruyne’s designs are more thought-through than the work of, for instance, Studio Alchimia, the Italian designer collective that once invited him to collaborate with them.
Christian Kieckens en Eva Storgaard, Pieter De Bruyne (1931-1987). Pionier van het postmoderne, Academic & Scientific Publishers, Brussel, 2012, pp. 87-90;
Met dank aan Hans Le Compte en Christian Kieckens.