Plastics in Modern Movement Interiors Conservation and (re-)design of plastic Finishes, Furniture and Products

By DOCOMOMO Belgium / February, 18, 2018 / 0 comments

SEMINAR & WORKSHOP | 05-06.03.2018 |  UAntwerp Faculty of Design Sciences, Antwerp
(registration fee for Docomomo-members & students: -50%)

“ISC/ Interior Design is happy to inform you about the program of the first DOCOMOMO ISC/Interior Seminar on “Plastics in Modern Movement Interiors. Conservation and (re-)design of plastic Finishes, Furniture and Products” that takes place on 5th March 2018 at the Faculty of Design Sciences at the University of Antwerp. An excursion to different sites in Brussels is scheduled for 6th March 2018.

The built environment, architecture and its interiors and consumer products have gone through different periods in history which had often been dominated by specific materials and their production and construction requirements. The 20th century built environment has been widely influenced by the use of plastic – in specific in interiors and even more for our daily consumer products. Conference, excursion and workshops aim to raise the sensibility of young researchers and designers and of restoration and heritage professionals towards the use, conservation and recycling of plastic in the context of circular economy approaches. The program will provide a theoretical and historical and as well as practical input in an interdisciplinary context.

Through its International Specialist Committee on Interior (ISC/I), the International Working party for the Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement DOCOMOMO therefore takes the initiative to bring together knowledge and expertise in a combined effort to address the conservation and repair of plastic interiors, finishings and objects in modern architectural heritage and to show design potentials and future developments of the material.

A one day international seminar focusing on the interiors and interior applications such as finishings and objects will take place on Monday March, 5th, 2018, at the Faculty of Design Sciences at UAntwerp, Belgium. The programme will feature amongst others architectural historians, interior and heritage specialists, designers, material scientists, art conservators, consultants and practitioners. It will offer discussion and networking.
A one day excursion to various relevant sites is scheduled for Tuesday March 6th, 2018 will take us to Brussels.
A three day workshop for PhD, Master and Bachelor is open and free for students who attended the seminar and excursion.


Registration for all events is necessary. Participants and students will receive a certificate of participation.
Docomomo-members and students have a reduced fee (15 euro instead of 30 euro):
– Select ‘yes-box’ under “I’m a student”
– fill in “Docomomo” under “Please give your program and institution”


Mon.05.03 Seminar
UAntwerp, Faculty of Design Sciences, Antwerp

– 8:45 registration
– 09:00 Greetings
by Nathalie VALLET, Vice-Dean Faculty of Design Sciencies, UAntwerp
– 09:05 Welcome
by Zsuzsanna BÖRÖCZ, Co-Chair DOCOMOMO ISC/Interior and Uta POTTGIESSER, Chair DOCOMOMO ISC/Technology
– 09:15 Opening
by Ana TOSTÕES, Chair DOCOMOMO International
– 09:20-11:15 Session 1: Plastic History
chair Zsuzsanna BÖRÖCZ, UAntwerp / DOCOMOMO Belgium and International
presentations by Arnaud BOZZINI, ADAM Brussels; Bárbara COUTINHO, MUDE, Lisbon; Nina SERULUS, VAI, Antwerp
– 11:45-12:45 Session 2: Plastic Heritage and conservation
chair Marieke JAENEN, UAntwerp, ICOMOS
presentations by Nick SERNEELS, UAntwerp; Griet KOCKELKOREN, KIK-IRPA, Brussels – Friederike Wäntig, TH Cologne
– 14:00-15:30 Session 3: Plastic Design
chair Wessel DE JONGE, TU Delft / DOCOMOMO Netherlands and International
presentations by Karine VAN DOORSSELAER, UAntwerp; Lyonel DEVLIEGER, ROTOR, Brussels; Alexandre DUBOR, IAAC, Barcelona
– 16:00-17:30 Session 4 & 
chair Uta POTTGIESSER, UAntwerp, Docomomo Germany and International
presentations by Christos LECOU, Covestro, Leverkusen – Niklas MEINE, Covestro, Antwerp; Steven SCHUITEMA, FKuR Polymers GmbH, Venlo

Tue. 06.03
Excursion to Brussels

– 09:00 departure by bus at Felix Pakhuis, Antwerp
– 11:00 ADAM, Brussels
– 12:30 Lunch
– 13:30 KIK-IRPA, Brussels
– 15:00 CDH Centre Démocrate Humaniste, Brussels
– 16:30 ROTOR, Brussels

Wed. 07.03 – Fri. 09.03
Student Workshop


This seminar is following on a seminar of the building applications of synthetic materials in 20th Century historic buildings that was organized on October 23rd, 2017, at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft, the Netherlands, entitled ‘Plastics in Modern Movement Buildings. Conservation and (Re-)design of Synthetic Building Components’.

With the support of:
Docomomo International, Docomomo Belgium, UA and the Flemish Government