CasimirMeubelen is a Belgian manufacturer founded in 1995 by Casimir, one of the most important Belgian contemporary designers. The whole collection is designed by him, which gives the company a very strong profile and recognition value.
Almost all of the pieces are made of natural materials such as solid wood and leather and stand out by their simplicity, shapes and craftsmanship.
‘Ledder no1′ combines the function of a portable set of steps with the function of a storage unit. The ladder’s rungs have been transformed into book cases and shelves of unequal sizes. By placing these storage units on the back of the ladder, the ladder leans against the wall with even greater stability.’
‘The beam (in Flemish dialect called ‘poutrel’) is one of the principal elements in construction with a very clear function: to support. This ‘Poutrel’ is withdrawn from its usual context, surrounded by other constructional members, and reduced to the I-form.
However recognisable by its form, the use of solid wood gives ‘Poutrel’ an entirely different look. At the same time the wooden Poutrel’s function becomes ambiguous. ‘Poutrel’ still supports, but is no longer compulsory within a construction and can therefore be used in different ways: as a bench, a table, a TV bench, …’
‘The series ‘Zak’ are based on an ordinary object in its original function (carrying / storing) and form, but made of an exceptional material (leather). One of the most archetypal and useful utensils of our times, the carrier bag (in Flemish dialect called ‘zak’), is reformed to last as durable furniture.
‘The bag’s form has been maintained. Just like the plastic version, each bag in ‘Zak no.2′ slightly deviates from the perfect model. The quality of the materials and the property of leather to age gracefully, incite one to use this furniture. The soft leather furthermore causes the bags to take the form of their contents. The leather bags are hooked into a stackable oak frame and can be filled, transported, filed, …’