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Bram Kerkhofs' work shows a great passion for mathematical systems and is very architectural. 


Bram attended both a master course in goldsmithing and sculpting in stone. This explains his focus on knots and hinges and his passion for materials and techniques, characteristic of his design, but also for his way of working and his research. His work shows a great passion for mathematical systems and is very architectural.

In addition to full-time design, Bram is also very active in Batiment A, a collaboration between various artists and creative professionals in Leuven and teaches at the Interior Design Department at Luca School of Arts in Brussels and Ghent.




Sawa is Arabic for together. It symbolizes the fact that it helps people from two hostile areas in Tripoli to reconcile.
This is achieved by letting them work together on different modular furniture objects. The modular system that
forms the base of each design, symbolizes perfectly the social cohesion necessary to succeed. It starts from the use of round shaped beams with a varying diameter from 20 to 120 millimeters. Each diameter is made of a different kind of wood. The smaller the section, the stronger the wood. The dimensions used in the system are based on the well-balanced proportions in Roman architecture. A balance which is also achieved in the furniture and between the participants in this project.

Sawa’s modular system starts from a simple connection of two beams using metal screw threaded rods and cross
dowels. Using this system two beams either form a T connection or can pass through another one.
SAWA’s social purpose is about learning from each other, about commitment, pride and ownership. It is also about
learning and combining skills, starting from and with respect for everyone’s individuality, strengths and weaknesses.