Antoine van Loocke is an self-taught knife designer, recognised by VIZO in 2004, who creates knives using reclaimed materials. Knives have fascinated Antoine van Loocke as from an early age. He would wait impatiently to visit a knife shop with his parents in Dinant, Belgium. His first attempt at making knives involved a piece of train rail, an anvil, a rudimentary container and a wood stove. He went back to a knife shop that he had visited in Brittany and to his great surprise, the manager of the shop bought six pieces. Antoine works from the small workshop at the back of his garden. He creates pieces of cutlery using traditional methods of small-scale production. His knives take their shape from ancient ones while presenting a modern twist. His works can be found as easily in private households, musea as in renowned restaurants such as Hof van Cleve and in De Wulf.
Homo Faber is the main event organised by the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship, an international non-profit organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, which was set up to celebrate and preserve master craftsmanship around the world and strengthen its connection to design. Rooted in a tradition of culture and excellence and in the realities and challenges of today’s global economy, the foundation aims to support those who dedicate themselves to the pursuit of master craftsmanship and to foster a new cultural movement built around the values that are essential for their work. The Foundation focuses on Europe as a starting point for its activities, in recognition that craftsmanship has been a vital part of the economic and cultural fabric of the region for centuries, providing both a rich heritage and a competitive advantage in a global world.