Traktor’s Multifunctional Magnetic Wood Blocks

A hand-carved cube for helping with organization

The simplest design items can lead to organizational clarity at home or in the office. That’s exactly what Jan Van Look, founder of Antwerp-based design studio Kabinet Van Look, is offering with his TRAKTOR magnetized wood cubes, funding on Kickstarter now. These hand-carved blocks have a magnetic core, strong enough to grasp everything from large kitchen knives to heavy dog leashes. Further, they come in …

Happy Birthday Dear Academie

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and its renowned Fashion Department celebrate their 350th and 50th anniversaries in a major joint project

London, Paris, Milan and New York are usually the first cities that come to mind as the breeding grounds of art and culture. Yet it’s in Antwerp, Belgium (with a population of around 500,000), where the Royal Academy of Fine Arts has been producing artists who shook up the art world—from Vincent van Gogh to Luc Tuymans. Founded in 1663, it’s the fourth-oldest art academy …