Chris Kabel was born in Bloemendaal, the Netherlands in 1975. He graduated in 2001 from the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2002 he moved to Rotterdam where he started his design practice. He works for and with design labels, architects, cultural institutions and design galleries. He is a professor at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art inLausanne (ECAL).
Chris Kabel is a product designer who combines his desire to be an inventor with an intuitive, artistic approach to design everyday objects.
Kabel: “I like to be smart more than stylish. For some reason aesthetics always follow suit quite naturally". Equally important to Kabel is the context of his works: "I like to react to rather specific questions by clients that are looking for answers for a particular situation. It often turns out that my answers to those question can be applied to similar situations elsewhere".
Kabel works with product design labels (Droog in Amsterdam) as well as with galleries (Galerie kreo in Paris) and cultural institutions (Portikus in Frankfurt am Main, Marres in Maastricht and Witte de With in Rotterdam). His work is in the collection of the MoMA in New York, museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Kabel teaches with intervals at ECAL in Lausanne and the Design Academy in Eindhoven.
Key hangers for the rooms of the Fogo Island Inn, a high end luxury hotel located on Fogo Island, a very special island in front of the coast of Newfoundland in Canada. Twenty nine objects that were found washed along the shore, in a fisherman's shed or even from the local supermarket were cast in bronze to become key hangers for the hotel rooms. From lucky snub-nosed cod head to an iron nail taken from the first European settlers by the native Beothuk people and modified to become a spear head, each object tells a small or large story that relates to the island. Together the key tags become the chapters of a book about the present and past daily life on the island and its rough nature.