2016 - Klein Agency was awardedone of five best bar designs for the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk, Belgium. Along with the other winners, the bar will be built and presented to the guests of the Biennale 2016. The concept is organized around the simple directive of Made vs. Found.
A grid of objects. Half found, and half made. Positioned on a raised platform, 9 objects sit on a grid of steel brackets. Using the forest as a medium, the grid of objects is a mixture of found tree stumps and made digital wood stumps.
Exposing the dichotomy between objects sourced directly from nature and those undergoing a process of man or machinic manipulation, the space invites visitors to explore these two realms.
Made physical through the furniture and offered menu, the juxtaposition of the two concepts, Made vs. Found is presented.
2016 - Klein Agency developed a new interior strategy for presenting the Kitchenaid brand in its Brussels' showroom. The approach is based on creating an open, "loft" like space to break down the division between customer and brand. In this spirit, Klein Agency designed a two part organization for the space, the "entry" and the "loft".
A metal mesh wall divides the two spaces, providing a "decompression" space before entering into the main showroom. Once inside the "loft", warm, industrial materials such as oak and raw steel are used.
Organized around a central kitchen island, the "loft" provides an exhibition space for product demonstrations and cooking clinics.
A large, custom designed and fabricated modular "clip" shelving system displays the classic Kitchenaid Stand Mixer in all its iterations along the right wall.
2016 - Klein Agency developed a complete interior design strategy for a private flat in Antwerp's northern harbor district, Het Eilandje. The second floor flat features an open plan washed in afternoon sunlight from its western exposure. The flat is organized around one primary intervention, to create a continuous passage through the flat by demolishing several sections of partition walls. Finishing details were left as raw and simple as possible.
Raw steel, Carrara marble, oiled oak, and metal mesh are the primary materials, while an army green and salmon paint are used as accent colors through the flat.
2016 - A unique space divided by three floor levels provided the carte blanche for a wine bar and wine shop in Ghent, Belgium. A former dive bar, the space was left derelect. Klein Agency developed a scheme based on one large, floor to ceiling wine storage shelf to create continuity between all three levels. The shelf was custom fabricated from fifteen individual elements to combine into one single form of steel and white oak. A simple routed detail allows a clean storage of bottles on the oak baords.
The space is divided between an entrance room with tasting bar, an upper dinning space, and a lower private tasting lounge. Each space, though connected by the large wine shelf, has a unique character and ambiance.
The entrance tasting room is defined by a large, plate steel bar element with an in-laid oak resting counter.
The dinning space is composed of a combination of seven oak and marble tables. The tables are accompanied by Klein custom white oak dinning chairs and a custom continuous 9m bench. Bent tube steel, bench mounted lights hang over each table, providing an intimate, and cozy feeling for dinning.
2015 - The client requested a full interior concept including refinishing of ceiling, floor, and wall surfaces. The furniture package included seating for 25 people, storage for 400 bottles, and work surfaces for wine preparation and food service.
We focused on four large, 80cm diameter disc tables hugged by a 5m long bench along the entry wall. These tables should create a sense of warmth deep into the space. Each disc table is composed of 180 seperate, 5mm thick profiles cut on a laser. These profiles were all hand assembled, and hand sanded to a smooth finish. The wine bottle display cases act graphically within the space to grab attention as well as seperate the front space from the more private space in the back for smaller tasting parties.