Bataille & ibens

Press release
Claire Bataille and Paul Ibens at the drawing table with a design for the convent 'Zusters der Heilige Familie' in Brecht, ca. 1968, Collection Flanders Architecture Institute | Collection Flemish Community, image © Paul Lambert

Looking for the invisible present

The third episode in the series Unfolding the Archives shines the spotlight on interior architects Claire Bataille (1940) en Paul ibens (1939-2020). Their influence on interior architecture in Belgium and abroad is significant. The designer duo enjoyed international acclaim with the patented construction system "78 Plus" (1978) and the H²O table (1993). Bataille & ibens' style is characterized by simplicity, they called it "invisible present". The exhibition takes ‘detail’ as its starting point and, in so doing, offers a new perspective on the oeuvre of the famous designer duo.

Exhibition | 20.05.2021 – 26.09.2021, deSingel, Antwerp
Opening event
| 19.05.2021 at 8pm, YouTube

"The power of the intervention lies in the balance between what is there and what is being transformed; the result must be experienced afterwards as the evidence itself, as if the transformation had always been there."
‐ Paul ibens
"The search (...) for the balance between the smallest component and the greater whole has always appealed to us"
‐ Claire Bataille
"The temporality and fragility of interiors underlines the importance of the archive. By preserving plans, drawings, models, photographs, furniture and objects, this knowledge remains part of the history of interior architecture."
‐ Eva Storgaard, curator

Unfolding the Archives # Bataille & ibens

Flanders Architecture Institute and deSingel


Eva Storgaard

Unfolding the Archives #3 Bataille & ibens
deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp
Thu 20 Mau → Sun 26 Sep 2021
open Wed → Sun / 2 → 7pm and during evening performances
(closed on Mon, Tue)
free, but you need to register at

opening event
Unfolding the Archives #3 Bataille & ibens
Wed 19 May 2021 – online at 8pm
VAi YouTube-channel

Special thanks to
Claire Bataille, Paul ibens, Titania Van de Velde, Iris Van der Schueren, Paul Wauters, Eva Plasmans, Marc Dubois, Moniek Bucquoye, Campus Vesta, Bulo

The programme of the Flanders Architecture Institute is made possible by
Reynaers Aluminium, Bulo, Gyproc, Stone, Modular, Febelcem, Wienerberger en Forster Dejond

Press Contact

Egon Verleye
Press & Communication Officer
Flanders Architecture Institute
M +32 486 21 17 74
T +32 (0)3 242 89 73