Claire Bataille & Paul ibens

In search of a noble simplicity

They studied both Interior Architecture in Antwerp. In 1968 they decided to work together. 50 years later they are still partners. In their years of working together, Bataille and ibens have a list of impressive projects to their name, ranging from private residences, retail, and offices to public spaces.

Besides architecture, furniture and objects have been a second passion of theirs. Consistently through their entire body of work, they have adopted the golden section, resulting in a minimalist visual language which continues to feel fresh and innovative, even almost half a century later.

In the early 90s, requests for new designs came from several Belgian manufacturers. Those collaborations became such a great success the duo received a lifetime achievement award from the Belgian organisation for interior architects (AiNB) in 2009. As a duo, they have added a key chapter to the book of Belgian design and architectural history.


Bataille & ibens exposition starting from 19-05-2021
In the third episode in the series of Unfolding the Archives, interior architects Bataille & ibens are in the spotlight. At Bulo they are well-known for the H2O collection. This free exhibition shows the oeuvre of the famous designer duo starting from 20-05-2021 till 26-09-2021 in Antwerp. With a free online opening event on May 19 on YouTube. During the opening, Eva Storgaard will talk to Claire Bataille, Marc Dubois and former colleagues. An initiative of the Flemish Architecture Institute and deSingel.

Find more info here.

The conversation was conducted in Dutch, go to “Settings” to activate the subtitles.


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