The Art +(plus)Design studio creates surprising concepts and designs for museums, exhibitions and public areas. 

Visual, creative and poetic storytelling and immersive experiences are our thing. 

The studio envolves in art, critical design, and theatre. 

We organise the international IDEM design workshops.


Expo ‘Erratic Views’ with recent work Luk van der Hallen

in studio Piet Stockmans, C-mine 100,  Genk (B). From March 3-April 2 2020. Paintings, drawings, artist books and multiples

Artbook ‘Repurposed’: the recent drawings are collected in several art books in limited series of 30. See also the art shop.

Make over ‘Room of Letters’ and design of the exposition of illustrator Brecht Evens Room’,  in Villa Verbeelding (Museum of Literature) Hasselt (B). Fall 2021.

Design and art directing of the exposition ‘Churches in Parkstad’ (working title).

The expo shows photo’s of the use and reuse of the many monumental buildings. An organization of KuS art  and IBA at the occasion of ‘Night of the Religious Heritage’.

Make over ‘Illustrator’s Room’, Villa Verbeelding (Museum of Literature) Hasselt (B).

Including the design of the museum shop.

Model of the ‘Alden Biesen’ building history

The story is told with a video animation show and the lighting up of the different buildings on the site.


‘Transartlantic’ Design Project. Artwork is making you sit in a splendid way.  For sale go to

Design Expo ‘Deep in the Forest’, Villa Verbeelding (Museum of Literature) Hasselt (B).

The exhibition shows how illustrators in children’s books draw this narrative element.

Showing art book ‘Machines for Dead Trees’ in the expo ‘Deep in the Forest’, Villa Verbeelding, Hasselt (B)

Design of the site ‘Trenches World War II in Lummen’ with a see through drawing illustrating the way the Belgien Army was fighting the German invasion in May 1940 on this recovered trenches.

Participation with Art project ‘Reflection in Time’ of Nannet van der Kleijn in Gallery Bradwolff  Projects, Amsterdam, Nov 26-29

Maintaining the artwork ‘Rain in the pursuit of the Cloud’ with a new layer of white polyester coating.

Design of the site ‘Trenches World War II in Lummen’ with a see through drawing illustrating the way the Belgien Army was fighting the German invasion in May 1940 on this recovered trenches.

Expo ‘More than 1000 and 1 night’

Villa Verbeelding, Hasselt (B)

We designed a new exhibition about the arabic stories of ‘Thousand and one Night’

‘Uit het Goede Hout’

Villa Verbeelding, Hasselt (B) 

An exhibition of illustrators using the craft technique of woodcutting.

IDEM 23 design workshop in Alden Biesen (B), with 55 participants from Design Academies from Genk, Gent (B), Essen, Dortmund, Trier (G), Tel Aviv (ISR), Denver (USA), Oslo (N)with the theme of ‘Balance”.

Expo ‘Designing Designers’ in C-mine is also showing the IDEM workshops since the beginning in 1985. Oct 18- November 18

Edition Art books:

Creation of a limited set of books based on drawings. Every issue is 30 numbered and signed books. 



Villa Verbeelding, Hasselt (B). This time authors were asked to send in their self-portret. For the young visitors interactive and instructive installations were designed.

‘Camera Obscura’

The studio experimented with the Renaissance drawing tools during the Civitella Workshop with the students Productdesign of the LUCA schools of Art in Italy.

Scenography Supernova, Antwerp (B)

Supernova is a tech and innovation festival organized by VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research) Sept 27-30, 2018. It is one-of-a-kind event, where visionary solutions, technologies and insights come together. 

Private Library

We designing a library for the client’s personnal collection of 7000 culinairy books. 

IDEM 22 in PRORA, Germany, Sept. 16-24, 2018 

This edition is being organised by the Folkwang University, Essen. Participation from Germany, Israel, Brazil, Norway, Sweden and Belgium.

Design exposition ‘Fugitives’

Museum ‘Remembrance of World War II’, Tildonk

4 installations were added to the existing exhibition,  as well as an educational ‘Nomadbox’ for the educational part.

‘Child with Teddybear’

A special limited edition at the occasion of the opening op the exhibition in Tildonk (B) 

‘Chocolate Amnesty’

Luk van der Hallen’s Design Academy Eindhoven students designed a critical chocolate product for Amnesty International. The students worked in the atelier of master chocolatier Bart Jansen, Maasmechelen, Belgium. 

Upgrading the expo ‘100 years of Radio’, for the Flemish Radio (VRT), with the latest technology, Raiohouse, Leuven (B).

Since 2015, Luk van der Hallen is Juror art and design projects of Vocatio, Brussels. Candidates for a support of 10.000 euro can always apply for the next round: go to 

‘Recent artworks’: 

a limited set of books little sculptures and experiments with 3d-printing.



a new exhibition for 

Villa Verbeelding, Hasselt, the new name of the Literature Museum (B). Poets and illustrators and their magic words and drawings.


Designing a new glass for the Brewery ‘De Kroon’, Neerijse (B).

Assisting the student’s project of Productdesign LUCA, Genk (B).

‘Black + Bitter’,

A critical comment on cnsumption: a starving African in succulent black chocolate.. Designed as a complete product for the exhibition ‘Black’ at C-Mine, Genk (B).

‘Prometeus’, reedition 2017 in 20 pieces as jewel in the original box.

Nitto Experience Center (B).

Together with White Light, Genk and Buro-B, Genk (B) we make a concept for the architecture and design of this center of excellence for the world brand Nitto.

‘1000 Kraanvogels’

Literair Museum, Hasselt (B). 

Japan and China in children’s books. The exhibition relates to the festivities of celebrating 25 years of Japanese garden in Hasselt.

‘Ruga’, a new vase was concepted after the project ‘Speak to me’ for the city of Heerlen (NL). A lyric ‘spacer’ for flowers is added to enhance the dialogue between use and art. 

In the foreground ‘Plus’, a chandelier.

Apex, a witty chandelier, that can be put over an empty bottle. ‘The candle burned shorter, the bottle got empty. To have more light the solution is to put the object over the bottle’.

Laudatio Raf Simons

October 2017: Luk van der Hallen speaks the Laudatio of former Productdesign student Raf Simons, as Alumnus of the Year at the LUCA-design Showcase week, Gent

‘Martin betrachtet’ Another addition to the project of the small gold figures, started in 2010. For my good friend martin Middelhauve, coorganiser of IDEMs and dean of the Faculty of Design FH Dortmund.

Jan 23-27 2017, Luk van der Hallen workshop making the Japanese Andon lamp.

Dec 2017 Workshop Museumdesign, FH Joanneum, Graz, Austria

Artwork ‘Dialectics’ series: the juxtaposition of an abstract work with a literal work to stimulate a new kind of narrative.


De Loketten, Brussel (B).

The studio made a joint-venture with White Light and Victor Simoni to candidate for the design of the echibition for the Flemish Parliament.

Caparol Experience Center, Heusden Zolder (B).

A new view on visiting the showroom of this famous paint-brand.


Halle (B)

Upgrading the exhibition with an interactive event, and scenography.

Together with Epic Frame, Leuven (B) for the animated film.

Radio of the Future,

VRT, Radiohuis.

Together with the masterstudents of Productdesign LUCA, Genk the radio of the future generation was being visualized.

Literair Museum, Hasselt (B)

The studio designed the centerpiece of the exhibition about Annemie van Haeringen.

Berghoff display

Concepts for the new shop presentations of Berghoff, brand of cookware.


Creating a new partytable. In jointventure with White Light, Genk (B)

Literair Museum, Hasselt (B)

‘Retteketet’, for this funny exhibition we did the art-direction and designed a crazy installation with a bicycle pump.

Department of Electrotechnology, University of Leuven (B)

For their new building some art and design installations were created.

(under construction)

Artwork ‘Dialogues’ series: the small figures can be put in a way they ‘dialogue.

Museum and exhibition design workshop at FH Joanneum, Graz (AU) nov 2016

One week workshop about concept thinking and design translation ‘Unneccassary-Unethical’by Luk van der Hallen and the students of the Museum and Exhibition Department, led by Prof Karl Stocker.

IDEM 21 design workshop in Israel, with the participation of  the academies of Holon (ISR), Genk, Gent (BE), Dortmund, Essen (D), Tallinn (EST) and Graz (AU).


Bird-watching shacks. Interiorsdesigned for the Natural Parc Bourgoyen, Gent (B).

Interior design of the attick of the Literature Museum, Hasselt (B), into an exhibition space.

Interactive display for the CM organisation (B). Portable touch screen with video’s.

Preparation of the IDEM 20 workshop,  Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany.

Prof Martin Middelhauwe, Prof Bernd Dicke,Prof Lucas Vanlessen and Prof Luk van der Hallen met on site to arrange the workshop and to talk to local designers and organizations.

Flemish Radio and Television (VRT), Radiohuis Leuven (B).

Designing the integration of new digital radio’s in the existing exhibition, ‘Radio 100’.

Chair for musicians

Luk is assisting the MAD-fac students to design an ergonomic chair for musicians, for the company Giroflex.

Toegepast 2015’Beyond Food’., exposition in C-mine Genk. Luk van der Hallen designed an absurd system to generate electricity for cooking, Piet Stockmans designed a porcelain cooking pot for using less energy and Lucas Vanlessen designed the ‘slow’ food that could be cooked with this system.

Restoration of the artwork ‘Cloud’

After 10 years the artwork was in need of a cleanup, some repairs and a layer of paint. 

The work was done in the workshops of the city of Maasmechelen and with the kind assistance of the employees.

Agro-Create Workshop

The creative team with Luk won the public prize at the Agro-Create Workshop, held at 

C-Mine 4th of March.

The studio designed the infographics video for ‘Urban Crops, Leuven, a company that envolves in vertical an urban farming

Museum and exhibition design workshop at FH Joanneum, Graz (AU)

One week workshop about concept thinking and design translation by Luk van der Hallen and the students of the Museum and Exhibition Department, led by Prof Karl Stocker.

IDEM 20 design workshop in the famous Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany is the celebration of 30 years of activity. Participation from Genk, Gent (BE), Dortmund, Essen (D), Holon (ISR), Ljubljana (SLO) and Graz (AU) on the subject ‘The Best is yet to come’.


‘Radio 100 years young’.,An interactive exhibition about the history of the Flemish Radio, in the Radiohouse at Leuven (B)

Bridgehouse Vroenhoven (B).

visitors center for the Shipping and World War 2, opened January 2015. Designed for Catch-a-Client (B).

Mobile Cooking Unit, for children these units can be adjusted to their height.

Plattelandsklassen, Peer (B).

The IDEM project was honored with the price for his engagement for student learning, at the BIO Biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

IDEM-history exhibition at the BIO biennial, Ljubljana, Slovenia 

IDEM 19 took place in the rural town of Stanjel in the Karst region of Sloevenia. The question was how design could involve in traditional handcraft and be an economical stimulus for the region. Participants from the academies of Lubljana, Genk, Dortmund, Oslo, Graz.

Design of the exhibition ‘Working Spaces’ for the Literature Museum, Hasselt. In this traveling exhibition illustrators and writers show their working environment, and the things that trigger their imagination.

Luk van der Hallen is appointed external scrutinizer for the procedure for appointing the professor for experimental design at the Wuppertal University of the Arts, Germany

Luk van der Hallen was juror for the Master Design Graduates of Transcultural Design program in India, from the L'Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, Nantes (FR)

‘The Boat’

Concept of the interior design of the boat, travelling over the Albert Canal, for the 75th anniverasary of NV De Scheepvaart, Hasselt (B)

Biomet (IT)

A&D designed the graphics of this medical conference in Rome, Italy.

Lecture IDEM International Workshops, Lemmens Institute, 21/2/14

IDEM Preparatory Meeting, Ljubljana 22-24/5/14

KIR-Award (B) exhibitions about the The studio is commissioned to design this award for the second time. 


Makeover Author’s Room, Museum of Literature, Hasselt (B)

Artist friend Malou Swinnen was asked to make the portraits.

Exhibition“Everybody Flandrien!’ Design and production of 7 exhibitions in seven locations and an interactive bicycle simulator

Interactive bicycle simulator.

Was developped and designed for the exhibitions “Everybody Flandrien!’

Infohouse ‘Kalkense Meersen’, Berlare (B)

to inform the young visitor about this natural parc.

Upgrading visitor’s center ‘De Wissen’, the studio’s first museum project in 1994.

Designing the ‘time machine’ for Hydrodo exhibition, Herentals (B). In this fotobooth visitors can merge their picture within historical contexts.

Designing the concept and interior of the Touristic infopoint Mattekot, for the City of Vilvoorde (B)

Lecturing at the INNES summer seminar about Public Design, Vienna (Austria) 

July 16-19, 2013

Demonstration 3D-printing at the Library of Maaseik, Digital Week, April 20, 2013

Juror presentation design workshop Sana Building, Essen, Juli 2013

Lecturing at FH Joanneum, Graz (AU), seminar about scenography and museum design, November 2013

Interview SICK Magazine, about the technology used in the exhibition “Iedereen Flandrien’.

Curator LUCA’s masterstudents Productdesign,Campus Genk, presenting smart ideas for the ‘Radio of the Future’. Presented in the Radiohouse, Leuven (B)


Designing fair Stands for: Woutim (B)

Recor Bedding(B)

At the Werchter Rock Festival, 

we designed the Shoediscount stand.


Design for the Kempische Innovatie Raad, Turnhout and given during the Flanders Festival of Creativity, Nov 2012

Touristpoints Avelgem.

An information system for finding touristic points of interest, short videos, working self sustaining on solar energy.

Designing the Interview Board for the Jupiler League, the Belgian Premier League football competition, with White Light, Genk.

IDEM-workshop number 18 in Civitella d’Agliano

October 2012. The academies of Genk, Graz (AU), Holon (ISR), Dortmund and Essen (D), and guests from Norway, Chili and Finland.

Objects made in the Chocolate workshop with the students of the Folkwang University, Essen (D) are being shown at Sichtwerk July 14-16 2012

Luk van der Hallen gave a lecture at the famous Hermitage Museum, St-Petersburg, Russia

September 20-22 2012

‘Leaving’, exhibition project of the parallel events of the Manifest-a art exhibition 2012, by Art & Advice. The theme were the displacement of people, when traveling to foreign countries for work.

International Design Workshop for the FH Schwäbisch-Gmund (D) May 6-11 2012. The group ofLuk van der Hallen involved in a series of critical objects.

See the surprising results here.

Exhibition Pop-Up shop Turnhout (B), Festival of Creativity, Nov 20-27. The project with the vases was shown here.

Summer exhibition, Il Ventuno, Hasselt (B)

Juror Canvascollection, Hasselt 14-15/4

Juror Furniture project Giroflex, Zurich (SW) 23-25/4

Juror Masterprojects, ESAG penninghen, Paris (F) june 2012


The project ‘De Rieten’ was selected for the ‘Flemish price for Monuments 2011’

The Emperors Clothes, a travelling exhibition about the illustration of clothes in literature, Museum of Literature, Hasselt (B)

Concept about reuse, a cooperation between the studio and the Kringwinkel(Recycling shops). Design solutions for creating carpets.

April 2011

The studio was one of 3 design studios selected to make a propoasal for the renewal of the IJZERTOREN-museum, Diksmuide (B)

Redesign of the entrance, interior and and book-automatisation of the Provincial Library Hasselt (B)

September 2011

Concept for the visiting center Puyenbroeck (B)

‘Diaologues’. These figures are the subject for a new series of goldplated statues, derived from drawings, ‘from 2D to 3D’. (B) Feb-May 2011.

Art project ‘100 years of cité’ (colemining housing), newer version of the big ‘rosary’, created in 2004, to hang in a tree. May 2011

Art works production, drawings and experiments

Interview for the anniverary-book ‘Toegepast’, Art Center Z33, Hasselt(B)

Design ‘Literature Pouf’,Museum of Literature,Hasselt, (B), February 2011

Member of the panel, and lecture at the conference  ‘Baukultur’, Ludwig Forum, Aachen (D)

Member of the international graduation jury, ESAG, Penninghen, Paris (F)


Art+Design studio Luk van der Hallen

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