Built in 1928 by Victor Bourgeois for his sculptor friend Oscar Jespers, the workshop operated until Oscar’s death in 1970.

At the end of the 1920s, this space, which occupies over 400 m2, was a prime meeting place for Europe’s artistic avant-garde.



exhibition during






brussels design september


Guest of honour



Michael Anastassiades

Treize Mobiles






brussels design september


Guest of honour



Michael Anastassiades

Treize Mobiles

07/09 from 11:00 to 17:00

08/09 from 11:00 to 17:00

09/09 from 11:00 to 17:00 (nocturne)

10/09 from 11:00 to 18:00

From 11/09 to 02/10 by appointment only

This September, Studio Jespers will celebrate its two year anniversary with the exhibition “Mobile Chandelier” by Michael Anastassiades.


When meeting new people, there are either those rare chance encounters or the meeting of minds fueled by the shared curiosity that we recognise and admire in others. This encounter belongs to the latter, when one quickly comes to recognise the common drive, vision and passion in one another.


This exhibition will tell a story of light. Atelier Jespers wanted to create something unique, and create an exhibtion entirely composed of lights, and what better way, than to invite, Design September 2017 guest of honour : Michael Anastassiades.


For the first time, Michael Anastassiades will bring together and showcase his thirteen-piece collection of the Mobile Chandelier series. Along with the support of designer Damian O’Sullivan, specialist in object design, the exhibition will present pieces from an in-depth reflection on the history of form. A reflection that takes objects further than their mere function and in so doing confers onto Mobile Chandelier the status of exemplary design.


We dream of a playful and unique universe in the spirit of Juan Miró, where forms are free from aesthetic and theoretic constraints and give way to motions that reveal themselves in their purest form. Hosting such a collection in the modernist house of Victor Bourgeois is thus much more than the sum of its parts, it is an idea that ties together the past and present, it is a reflection that aspires to be bold and to exceed established norms.


Designer Michael Anastassiades creates work with an enduring quality by focusing on proportion, the honest use of materials, and the physical presence of an object. Positioned between fine art and industrial design, his pieces exist between that which is utilitarian in its function, whilst poetic and enigmatic in its presence.


Anastassiades established his design studio to create a platform for the production of uncompromised objects. Less motivated by commercial incentive, Michael Anastassiades Studio has refined a philosophy that champions ideas and experimentation, freeing the design process to allow for greater creativity.


Formally trained as a civil engineer at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London, Anastassiades went on to study industrial design at the Royal College of Art. Founding his London-based studio in 1994 followed by his eponymous brand in 2007, Anastassiades wanted to broaden the availability of his signature designs. The company has since produced a celebrated collection of lighting, furniture, and objects that demonstrate the studio’s continuous search for eclecticism, individuality and consistency. This has led to many successful collaborations with brands such as FLOS, Herman Miller, Salvatori, Nilufar, and Swedish design institution Svenskt Tenn.


Op uitnodiging van Art Élysées presenteert Atelier Jespers in oktober 2017 een selectie Belgische designers van verschillende generaties. Art Élysées draagt bij tot de artistieke en culturele dynamiek van Parijs. Sinds de oprichting heeft het evenement in haar paviljoenen al tentoonstellingen onthaald die vaak ongepubliceerd, institutioneel of van private collecties waren. Atelier Jespers maakt van deze gelegenheid gebruik om, buiten de eigen muren, Belgisch designtalent van verschillende generaties voor te schotelen.


Na twee jaar stelt Atelier Jespers voor het eerst in het buitenland een kabinet voor dat samengesteld is uit op en top designmeubilair waaronder meubelen, textiel en verlichting. Vanuit een volledig hedendaags perspectief, is het niet de bedoeling om historisch design te introduceren maar eerder het aanmoedigen om het huidige landschap van Belgische creaties van het hoogste niveau te ontdekken. We spreken hier niet over industrieel design op wereldschaal maar minutieuze en persoonlijke creaties die de grenzen van hedendaags design haast overstijgen. Creaties die intelligentie en manueel vakmanschap tonen van verschillende generaties van Belgische designers.


Designers als Vladimir Slavov (verlichting), Ben Storms (meubilair), Casimir Reynders (meubilair), Gerard Kuijpers (meubilair, beeldhouwwerk), die in het verleden al de mogelijkheid gehad hebben om hun werk voor te stellen bij Atelier Jespers. Daarnaast zijn er ook designers als Pol Quadens (stoelen), Damien Gernay (meubilair), Studio Krjst (textiel) en Michaël Verheyden (meubilair) die voor het eerst worden voorgesteld in een scenografie die gunstig is voor de onthulling van hun unieke stukken en op deze manier erkenning krijgen voor hun werk.

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Contact : Jean-Francois Declercq +32 475 64 95 81- Elsa Sarfati +33 6 10 84 27 48  - jf@atelierjespers.com