Cosmos. Design from Here and Beyond

Black holes, dark matter, nebulae, exoplanets, gravitational waves, the Big Bang, the multiverse… The countless cosmic objects and phenomena that make up our universe are sources of inspiration for literature, music, visual and performing arts… Design is no exception to this fascination.

Since the dawn of humanity, the universe has been an inexhaustible source of wonder. What is our place in this immense expanse of space, whose origins date back 13.8 billion light years ? How did cosmic evolution unfold ? Are we alone ? Why does the universe exist ?

Cosmos, an exhibition produced and presented in 2021 and 2022 at the CID – Grand Hornu in Belgium, unveils the work of designers who have, in conceptual, technical or poetic ways, questioned the architecture of the universe and the hidden laws of physics that govern it. From Einstein’s theory of relativity to quantum theory, from gravity to the nature of space and time, from the micro to the macro, the modern image of the cosmos is embodied in various design and architectural projects that take us far beyond its scientific roots, bearing witness to its mysteries and beauty.

Marie Pok
Thomas Hertog


Visual identity

Oscar Lhermitte, Alex du Preez & Peter Krige, MOON, 2016
© Sidekick Creatives
Constance Guisset, Apollo, 2017
© Photo Constance Guisset Studio
Unfold, Sea of Tranquility
© Unfold
CTRLZAK, vases Glome X, Y, 2018.
© Silvio Macchi