Elien Haentjens - Belgian Curator

The Curator

Elien Haentjens trained as an Art Historian at the University of Leuven, where she specialized in Modern and Contemporary Art, before completing her education as a journalist at Vlekho in Brussels.

Since 2006, she has worked as a freelance journalist specializing in art, lifestyle and especially design, for the most important Belgian magazines and newspapers, including Trends and Feelings. Since 2012, she has also curated and organized exhibitions, mainly in Brazil, to promote the diversity, creativity and quality of Belgian design, and to stimulate valuable cross-cultural relationships.

In design, Haentjens is particularly interested in the revitalization of crafts, and exploring ways that traditional artisanal methods can be revitalized and used for contemporary products.

Her vision

In addition to Belgium’s flourishing industrial product design scene, the contemporary design sector has also become a very diverse realm of activity, and is integrated fully into Belgian society. This extends from graphic design, to social and UX design, to unique and limited-edition works of collectible design, like those featured on Adorno. Belgium is defined by its vibrant cultural mix — there is an abundance of both German and Latin influences — and this creates a real variety of outcomes. It is difficult to define something as “Belgian design,” although there is always a poetic, emotional and sometimes even surreal touch.

” It is difficult to define something as “Belgian design,” although there is always a poetic, emotional and sometimes even surreal touch.”

Elien Haentjens

Collection