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Designhuis Presents @ Object Rotterdam | Rotterdam 04 - 08 February 2009

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During Art Object Rotterdam the Designhuis Eindhoven shows a selection of autonomous design by strong talent in the Eindhoven region. Li Edelkoort took up the initiative to found the Designhuis (Designhouse) that strives to give the public, the industry and businesses an insight in the complexity and the versatility of design. By organizing exhibitions, seminars, excursions and pop-up galleries in Milan, Basel or Rotterdam the Designhuis promotes design by confronting more and more people with the power of this discipline. The focus is especially fixed on work that originates from and in most cases is produced in Eindhoven and surroundings; with Design Academy Eindhoven as breeding place of talent this is an appreciative and diverse task.



During Art Object Rotterdam –from february 4 to 8 included- the Designhuis Eindhoven shows a selection of autonomous design by strong talent in the Eindhoven region.

Li Edelkoort took up the initiative to found the Designhuis –Designhouse- that strives to give the public, the industry and businesses an insight in the complexity and the versatility of design. By organizing exhibitions, seminars, excursions and pop-up galleries in Milan, Basel or Rotterdam the Designhuis promotes design by confronting more and more people with the power of this discipline. The focus is especially fixed on work that originates from and in most cases is produced in Eindhoven and surroundings; with Design Academy Eindhoven as breeding place of talent this is an appreciative and diverse task.

For this presentation curator Edelkoort chose a rather diverging installation of designers, all of them being visual artists. in fact, this young generation of designers has breathed new life into the arts & craft movement and through research into textiles, carpentry, glass and bronze tries to amalgamate handicrafts with technology and -by recycling- give new form to simple material. All free-standing and autonomous objects still have a function -for sitting, storage or lying- but also have a strong aesthetic function as an art object.

Besides smaller objects in glass and earthenware there is a work of Kiki van Eijk with complex textile forms: her Domestic Jewels Chaise Longue: a reference to 18th century settees upholstered with contemporary jacquards.

Her partner Joost van Bleiswijk shows objects in stainless steel like the serving tray that without screws, glue or kit forms a solid entity. The young designer Els van Woldhek works with modest means like with her suede chair that is in fact a composition of rest materials that outline the volume with their capricious forms. Her lamps galvanized with copper weave temptation and function as the copper radiates and conducts at the same time.

The well known glass designer Pieke Bergmans designs organic viruses that take possession of existing objects thus striking the character of the original form – nothing is safe for this present-day epidemic. The chair visual inner structure transformed with grey wool by the Icelandic Gudrun Lilja symbolizes this era where the designer connects the past with the present by a manual intervention.

The versatile fascination for paper is prominent: the sculptural work of Nacho Carbonell who made the design page of herald tribune with his cocoon chairs in recycled newsprint and was proclaimed as an icon of his time. The chairs can be united in a series so that a tunnel originates in which one can safely withdraw. Smaller work of Carbonell in clay is also shown.

Jo Meesters, known for his ornamental and openwork reused wooden tables, designed a water jug of paper pulp mixed with epoxy en polyurethane. Studio Job presents a sensational early work in papier mâché from the series Elements. the influence of this designer couple in the field of design is great and their oeuvre now forms part of collections in several museums like the Victoria & Albert Museum in London or the Groninger Museum.

Designing cabinets remains a cherished theme in which still new boundaries are being seeked: a strong eloquence arises from working traditional materials in another manner. Two remarkable cabinets are shown at the flanks of the gallery on both sides: the Pile of Suitcases, a collage of luxurious leather trunks of Maarten de Ceulaer, and the nothing to hide designed by Willem de Ridder in synthetic material as a collage of shoes worthy of Imelda Marcos.

Featured projects : Reshaping Wood 2.0 and PULP | Pitcher & Big Bowl


Designhuis Presents @ Object Rotterdam | Object Rotterdam. 04 - 08 February 2009. LP II - Las Palmas . Wilhelminakade 326 . 3072 AR Rotterdam . NL


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