CultuurPlatform Design

We are wanderful — a book of creative collaborations from the past 25 years in Belgian Limburg


We are wanderful — a book about many things

Martin Margiela, Raf Simons, Marina Yee, Studio Job, Michaël Verheyden, Bram Boo, Piet Stockmans, Casimir … Each one a famous name. Belgian Limburg designers of world renown. Cultuurplatform Design (Province of Limburg) present a sample of exceptional Limburg design from the last 25 years with the book, We are wanderful. With this 400-page book, Limburg showcases the province to the world and attracts much international interest to this region. 

Limburg design has caused a furore over the last quarter of a century, and its influences are endless — fashion designer Raf Simons’s impact on international fashion, the world-renowned oeuvre of ceramicist Piet Stockmans, the aesthetic brilliance of Michaël Verheyden, the sublime power of Bram Boo and Casimir in hand-crafted design, or the commercial efficacy of Studio Segers. 

Cultuurplatform Design and a group of experts surveyed the recent past to find the Limburg designs and designers with the greatest influence on the design landscape. Dieter Rams’ 10 principles of ‘good design’ were used as a guideline to select designers instead of just listing names, realisations, and creations. A deliberate choice was made for a limited period: 25 years. The exercise began soon after the closure of the last mine in Limburg; no unimportant element in the creative history of the region.

Published by Lannoo, We are wanderful is an ambitious work of international allure and quality, with contributions from Hettie Judah, John Thackara, Alastair Fuad-Luke, Klaus Bondam, Em Fexeus, Veerle Windels, Kurt Vanbelleghem, Jesse Brouns, and many more.  

This is no destination, but merely a beginning. Many creative spirits, entrepreneurs, experts and organisations were brought together and invited to contribute to this book. In 400 pages, it shows how far-reaching and enriching the Limburg design network has become. Retrospect is the best foundation for innovation.

The book is on sale in quality bookshops for €49,99 (ISBN 978 94 014 4059 2).

 Casimir Schaal nr 1 by Kristof Vrancken

Casimir Schaal nr 1 by Kristof Vrancken

 Ick Reuvis Illumination by Kristof Vrancken

Ick Reuvis Illumination by Kristof Vrancken

We are wanderful is an initiative of Cultuurplatform Design and Province of Limburg. The book is published by Lannoo Publishing. ISBN 978 94 014 4059 2