The Belgian design scene is vast and diverse. Belgian institutions are always at the forefront of supporting the people, new projects and products that make our country dynamic and unique.
On 1 July 2016, the Brussels Intercommunal Transport Company (STIB) removed its 3,700 orange ticket validation machines, replacing them with red MOBIB readers. Originally destined simply for recycling, 1,500 of these machines have now found a new lease of life.
The machines were once used to validate access to public transport. In their reconditioned form, they are geared towards access to the home, having been repurposed as lock boxes going by the name of SESAME. Wooden plates have replaced the printed circuit boards and there are rubber bands for post or photos.
We take a look back at the project with its designer, Pierre-Emmanuel Vandeputte and Olivier Gilson, Director of MAD Lab.