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issue 46 - October/November 2018
CURVE magazine cover October/November 2018
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A Belgian Studio Marries Design and Engineering to Create Contemporary Urban Pieces

Nortstudio's Urban Shapes is a bench that embraces everything about modern, urban life, resulting in a creation that has a distinct style, blending comfort and design chops. Inviting, but also clearly 'designed', Urban Shapes is the story of a city. Belgian design firm Nortstudio was founded by Jef De Brabander and Kathleen Opdenacker in 2016 and is based in Antwerp.

The two designers have different approaches to work, with Opdenacker being a trained graphic designer and De Brabander having a background in industrial engineering. Nortstudio's Urban Shapes bench is an ode to city life.

The design team believe that finding harmony in a modern city is challenging, but also that urban spaces are incredibly inspiring and the rough forms and materials from building sites informed the design of the bench.

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