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Janna Huyghe & Mark Cloet

Every encounter inspires them to continue, culminating in recognition, which makes them feel appreciated. This year, they have been presenting several projects at Hands on Design, including items by Antoine Van Loocke (Antoku knife) and Siegfried Debuck (“3 tools 4 dinner” travel cutlery). In conjunction with the ceramics designer Piet Stockmans, they created “Artikel nr. 1”, the first item in their series. They work closely together with Nedda, Curt Mertens, Jos Devriendt, Martine Gyselbrecht, Dries Lambert and many more.

Intrigued by an article in Sabato Magazine, we decided to visit Janna & Mark in their shop ‘Artikel Nr.’ In Gent. Its unique approach is impressive but when we got to learn their story it all got even more fascinating. Every item they sell comes with a story. Every item they create, quite often with other designers, is a perfect example of pure craftsmanship.

Making full use of their complementarity, they like to combine art and design using traditional methods. They are full on believers of cooperating and co-creating. Janna & Mark are quite special, often the driving force behind the scene, getting things done…they are truly inspirational to us.

JANNA AND MARK WANT TO PRESERVE WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE NO LONGER SURVIVE. 

Producing, sharpening and selling knives, a trade requiring great precision. Janna is trained as an architectural engineer but from a family of knife -grinders, -traders and -makers, who have been handing down their craftsmanship and knowledge by handling to next generations since 1924, even before. She knows all too well that tradition and craftsmanship must be preserved. Just like Mark. As an artist, he constantly searches for new techniques and materials, while respecting tradition and craftsmanship.

To do something right, you have to give it your all.

Aiming for the best possible result can only work if you are sufficiently critical. You need to realise that you can never have enough knowledge. At the same time, Janna & Mark also want to hand down their own expertise. Preferably close to home. They find it important to remain in a familiar environment, in order to produce and develop creations. In a way that establishes a good relationship between the item’s designer, the materials and the buyer.

 IT IS NECESSITY THAT DRIVES THEM TO CREATE.

Every encounter inspires them to continue, culminating in recognition, which makes them feel appreciated. This year, they have been presenting several projects at Hands on Design, including items by Antoine Van Loocke (Antoku knife) and Siegfried Debuck (“3 tools 4 dinner” travel cutlery). In conjunction with the ceramics designer Piet Stockmans, they created “Artikel nr. 1”, the first item in their series. They work closely together with Nedda, Curt Mertens, Jos Devriendt, Martine Gyselbrecht, Dries Lambert and many more.

HERITIST lovers, Frederik & Vicky