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.