This chair’s seat is made of 3D-formed, wafer-thin veneer. The elegant and comfortable seat is supported by an aluminium tubular frame, with the material combination making the chair extremely light. The Buzz is flexible: easy to move, stackable and can be used either around the dining table or in a conference hall. To infinity and beyond..
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Although seemingly these masks tell stories, this again started out as a material experiment. I wanted to find out if by stitching a rope together I could make a large flat carpet. Instead of flat, the samples got curvy. When I was about to give up on the carpet, Vladi came up with the idea of shaping the rope into masks. The possibilities are endless, I’m meeting new faces every day.
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The Masks were published by Heads Collective
Sometimes people reveal themselves by the books lying around on their coffee table. Over-organized houses make me suspicious and wonder what they hide. This super-slick coffee table is made of glass covered with 30% reflective window film. The Autoreflector is one of those things that gets confusing because of its simplicity and is even harder to fathom with content. (h:35 w:100 d:60 cm, edition of 5 )
When you are asked to design a product you start exploring the function, imagining what it could be. This assignment for the TextielMuseum in Tilburg (NL) didn’t start with function but it involved a specific machine. For me, this immediately enlarged the possible outcomes of the project. The machine I’m talking about is a computer-controlled jacquard loom (Dornier). The Dornier is well known amongst designers because the museum regularly commissions designers to create a tablecloth on it. Most designers have an image transformed into a fabric binding. They make you step back to admire the big picture. I found it interesting to reverse that and to show, by looking closely, that each thread performs an important role in building an image. Text really fits this way of looking, better than a picture. We developed the smallest possible font. One line of text can be woven with just nine wefts. The font has been digitized and put into a font program. Basically, everything that can be created with a font can be directly converted to the loom. When the font was finally there, we didn't know straight away what we would write with it. We successfully designed a typeface that can easily be woven, to be honest, the content was not that important. After all we chose our favorite Wiki-pages. On the napkins, the font becomes a pattern. We definitely see more things happen with ‘Font of the Loom’ in the future.
Material: Biological cotton and lurex. Washable at 60 degrees, when washing 5% shrinkage.
Dimensions: l:280 w:160 cm, napkin l:50 w:50 cm.
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2011 - Comments Off on Zwervende tentoonstelling; ‘Why a conversation between Tonio and Bertjan takes such a long time’, Schieblock | 2011
‘Zwervende Tentoonstelling’, an exhibition held during Art Rotterdam and Object Rotterdam, brings art to unusual & unexpected locations. Laboratory for urban development, ‘Schieblock’ temporarily transformed from an office building into an installation where my work met with that of Artist Tonio de Roover. Tonio creates a deeper layer in his work, he searches. Me, I sort of run into things. Despite our different approaches, the ou
tcome of our work often looks alike. That’s why we took the challenge to make this exhibition together. At first we tried to create a work together especially for the exhibition but we ended up just talking endlessly about our mutual interests, influences and fascinations. As we both like confusion, we decided to fill a room with our stuff where it is hard to distinguish which work is whose. The question: “What is art and what design?” became irrelevant, more important was: “Does it appeal to me / is it good?”
In 1974 Italian hero ‘Enzo Mari’ gave out a catalogue named ‘Autoprogettazione’ which means self-designed. Inside, detailed instructions for making basic, easy-to-assemble furniture pieces using standardized wooden planks and nails. He had noticed that mass-produced furniture was starting to change people's tastes away from quality and craftsmanship, so he created simple designs to help reconnect people with how things were made. Anyone could make the furniture, or variations on them, and send him a picture. I made the in my opinion most beautiful table from the book and added my own layer on top, black and white stripes. The stripes have a nice dazzling effect that distorts the 26 years old modernism a bit. Enzo Mari was not the first and certainly not the last to focus on DIY (do it yourself) furniture. Off course there was Gerrit Rietveld, Tord Boontje and nowadays we have Max Lamb. Probably every 10 or 15 years there will be a designer or two (or more) stimulating as to go back to step one. In the meantime I would like to recommend everyone to buy Mr. Maris’ book and get busy building.
I really like the image of a lightweight light, it being almost nothing. Untouchable like light itself. My wish was to create an inflatable down lighter. LED Zeppelin is the big silver inflatable bag with transparent bottom. The silver foil reflects the light from the LED downwards; the transparent foil keeps the air (blown in by a small fan) in and lets the light shine through.
The 'Empty Seat' is a technical story to be continued. The challenge was to create a wooden chair without a molded plywood shell. Most chairs exist of 2 separated parts, seat and base frame. The base frame as a carrier is more important for the ‘Empty Seat’ than for most other chairs. When you glue a layer of 3mm thick plywood on top of the base, it results in a comfortable seat. We left the side panel of the frame in one piece. This makes the empty seat clear, like an empty canvas. We like the looks of the chair as it is, ànd we keep on developing it into something smarter.
materials: varnished multiplex
dimensions: h:75 w:55 d: 55 cm
‘Heracleum’ arrived at Moooi as a fantasy. I had the wish to light many LED-lights at the same time. I experimented with bundles of electricity wires that I shaped into a branch structure. During the development of the design it just seemed that too much soldering was required. Then Marcel Wanders had the ‘luminous’ idea to use his ELECTROSANDWICH® to make the design possible. The structure was coated with a plastic layer for isolation and on top of that a conductive layer to supply the LEDs with power. Using this technique it was possible to create a structure more slender than I had hoped for when I started the project. The technique and design are perfect for each other. ‘Heracleum’ is produced by Moooi.
materials: metal wire frame, polycarbonate lenses, ultra thin suspension wire, copper and nickel version
dimensions: h:65 ∅:98 cm
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Heracleum II Small Heracleum the Big O
The slim office is a slim table, dressed up for the office. Though it was officially designed as a dinner table, quite a few people bought this prize-winning table, sold by Arco, for the office. To make working at the slim table more comfortable and functional, we designed a few basic office add-ons and accessories. Most add-ons have magnets in them so they will stick to the table without glue or screws.
For those who are worried about their credit cards and hard disks in combination with magnets, well.. don’t be! The only big no-no is dismantling the drawer with a hard disk or credit card still inside. When the magnets are clung to the table their field is too weak to harm your digital data. The (waste) paper-basket has a magnet in its straight part, and will cling to the table leg. We designed a matching message board as well. Right! veneered steel. ;-)
materials: oak or lacquered ash, veneered steel magnets
dimensions: privacy panel: 170 x 28 / 190 x 28 / 220 x 28 / 260 x 28; magnetic board: 120 x 84; bin: 27 x 35 x 27; pen tray: 10 x 8 x 8; lade: 6 x 50 x 34; cable tray: 10 x 39 x 22
2008 - Comments Off on Museum Shop – Museum Boijmans van Beuningen | 2008
In 2007 "The Haunting dogs full of grace" (Frank Bruggeman, Simon Heijdens, Ted Noten, Jurgen Bey , Wieki Somers and me) were asked to design the new entrance area of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. My part in this group-project was to design the museum shop that is sharing the main entrance area with Studio Wieki Somers’ prize-winning wardrobe and Frank Bruggemans B-shaped Blue Entrance Desk. The main request the shop-owner had for the new store was, that it should have more window displays to attract more customers. The shop was eventually placed in the entrance square as if it were a small building made out of wooden and glass displays. Almost everything sold in the shop can be seen from the outside. The wall of cards gives a small résumé of the whole museum collection. On top of the storage space of the library, a wooden bench with a view on the coat-rack was made. The doors to the shop are displays that only display the inside of an anti-theft alarm system.
These Big String-Sofas were developed for the TextielMuseum in Tilburg. The interior of their new entrance building was being designed by Studio’s Muller en van Tol. They were so kind to ask a few fellow designers to participate in the project. I was asked to design a set of sofas that could create a division between the actual entrance and the restaurant. The sofas are made of big steel frames that are coiled with polypropylene strings in different colors. Black sheepskin coats where used for the seat.
Not long after Arco started producing the slim table (see below) they asked me to come up with a chair to go with it. Just making a metal chair and putting wood veneer on it would be a thought to simple and a task to hard. We came up with Skinny, a simple basic chair (to go with the very basic slim table) fully upholstered with ‘divina’ from Kvadrat. The armrests are covered in a leather tube. with and without armrests. Of course it doesn't necessarily has to be paired with the slim table.
materials: seat and legs fabric divina, arms leather (from the standard Arco leather collection)
dimensions: h:84 w:52,5 d:56,5 cm, seating height 46 cm
This fun project was created for ‘The ultimate joyride’, an exhibition by Platform21. A couple of designers, architects and artists were asked to ‘pimp’ a remote control car. When I hear the awful word ‘pimping’ I keep thinking of cars with rims that keep spinning even when standing still in front of a traffic light. I have to admit it looks fascinating, maybe even nice.. Extrapolating on this silly special effect I covered my car with small plastic windmills that, as soon it would start riding, turn the car into a whirling cloud of chrome.
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Threes Coenders collects pretty things; jewelry, fashion, furniture and other household objects. Turning eighty in 2006, Gallery Emmy Miltenburg decided to dedicate a book and an exhibition to her and her house full of wonderful objects. The exhibition and the book showed eighty objects from her household. The book was designed by Eric Wong, written by Mariette Wijne and Mandy Pieper did the photography. I designed the exhibition. Threes’ favorite dresses were hung on white nets. All other objects were put down on a big white improvised table underneath an inflated plastic bubble.