Damien Gernay’s Work Challenges Boundaries Between Art and Design
Damien Gernay was born in 1975, in the suburbs of Paris. Between 1994 and 1998, he studied design at Ecole Supérieure des Arts (ESA) Saint-Luc Tournai in Belgium. After school, he worked on scenography projects for contemporary dance and theatre clients in Belgium. From 2003 to 2005, Damien Gernay was a modern artist–in-residence at Le Fresnoy, National Studio for Contemporary Arts in Tourcoing, France, a center for interdisciplinary artists. In 2007, he established his own design studio in Brussels.
Damien Gernay’s modern design work is highly experimental, driven by his desire to challenge boundaries between art and design. To date, his practice spans modern furniture, lighting, and accessories. His luxury furniture pieces often reflect a reverence for nature and the enigmatic. Gernay’s larger oeuvre focuses on materiality, texture, and ambiguity. Close to the considerations of a painter or a sculptor, the imponderable plays a decisive role in his practice.
The error is accepted and assimilated, making eachfurniture designpiece unique with its own history, complexities, and intimate paradoxes. For Damien Gernay‘sart furnituredesigns, he combines control with spontaneity, mixing the smooth with the rough.
Damien Gernay exhibits his contemporary design pieces frequently, including, as of this writing, at fairs such PAD London & Paris, ICFF in New York, Milan Design Week, and institutions such as Triennale de Milano in Milan, Design museum in Ghent, Bozar in Brussels and among others.