BIOGRAPHY

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, Gernay was an 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.

Gernay’s work is highly experimental, driven by his desire to challenge boundaries between art and design. To date, his practice spans furniture, lighting, and accessories. His pieces often reflect a reverence for nature and the enigmatic; his 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 each piece unique with its own history, complexities, and intimate paradoxes. He combine control with spontaneity, mixing the smooth with the rough.

Gernay exhibits frequently, including, as of this writing, at fairs such PAD Paris, ICFF in New York, Milan Design Week, and institutions such as MuBE museum, Sao Paulo, Triennale de Milano in Milan, Design museum in Ghent, and among others.

 

EXHIBITIONS AND FAIRS (selection)

2017
« PAD Paris » – Galerie Gosserez – Paris, France
« Festival interstice » – Le Pavillon – Caen, France
« Exposition Submersion » – D DAys – Paris, France
« Salon Revelation » – Grand Palais – Paris, France

2016
/ « Tendencies – Belgian Art in the Digital Age » – Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
/ « Belgian Matters » – Palazzo Litta, Milan, Italy
/ « PAD Paris » – Galerie Gosserez, Paris, France
/ « Créations Belges » – Mazel Galerie, Brussels, Belgium

2015
/ « Design Derby Nl-Be » – Design museum Gent, Belgium
/ « Manifesto », Brussels, Belgium.
/ « Blanc cassé », Mazel Galerie, Brussels, Belgium.

2014
/ « Elements of craft » – Mint gallery , London, UK
/ « Light reflections » – Mint gallery , London, UK
/ « La matiere des nuages » – CWB , Paris, France
/ « Reflections » – Triennale de Milano , Milan, Italy
/ « Hout het nieuwe goud » – Design Vlaanderen gallery, Brussels, Belgium
/ « No lights on » – CC ‘t VONDEL, Halle, Belgium
/ « The toolbox » – Design Vlaanderen gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2013
/ « Tales of heroes » – Hong Kong, China
/ « Cabinets of curiosity » – Mint gallery , London, UK
/ « MAD(E) in Brussels » – MAD gallery, Brussels, Belgium
/ « A materia das nuvens » – MuBE museum, Sao Paulo, Brasil
/ « Skin touch » – Cornette de Saint Cyr , Brussels, Belgium
/ « The tool box » – La Triennale di Milano , Milan, Italy
/ « L’objet d’un dialogue » – St Etienne, France
/ « Das wilde denken » – Berlin, Germany

2012
/ « Depot Basel » – Design Miami-Basel-Basel, suisse
/ M&O – Paris, France
/ D’Ieteren Gallery – Brussels, Belgium
/ Belgian design on tour » – liege, Belgique

2011
/ « Prelude 01 a dialogue » – Basel, Switzerland
/ « Milan Design Week » – Milan, Italy
/ « 5 years of 101% designed in brussels » – Milan, Italy
/ « Dialogues » – BACC – Bangkok, Thailand
/ « Kick ceramic » – Cultuurcentrum t’Vondel – Halle, Belgium

2010
/ « Borders » – Designed in Brussels gallery – Brussels, Belgium
/ Dessers Beeck gallery – Keerbergen, Belgium
/ M&O – Paris, France
/ « Le genie de la matiere » CWB gallery – Paris, France
/ 22-birds gallery – Cologne, Germany

2009
/ YDMI – Verona, Italy
/ Diito galery – Brussels, Belgium
/ M&O – Paris, France
/ « De nieuwe oogst » – Brussels, Belgium
/ DMY – Berlin, Germany
/ « Pastforward » installation – Brussels, Belgium
/ Milan Design Week – Milan, Italy

2008
/ Brussels day – Berlin, Germany
/ Design september, Diito galery – Brussels, Belgium
/ 100% design – London, UK
/ ICFF – New York, USA
/ exhibition 101% designed in brussels – Milan, Italy
/ Salone Satellite – Milan, Italy
/ IMM design talents – Cologne, Germany

 

PUBLIC COMMISIONS

2015
/ « Paysage Corrompu » – City of Brussels, Belgium

 

LITERATURE (selection)

/ « Once Upon a chair » Design Beyond the Icon – Gestalten
/ « DESIRE », the shape of things to come – Gestalten
/ « Book on Bookshelf » – Thames & Hudson