the edelkoort design collection

'7 Pots / 3 Centuries / 2 Materials' (1997) by Hella Jongerius - photo: Thomas Straub

‘7 Pots / 3 Centuries / 2 Materials’ (1997) by Hella Jongerius – photo: Thomas Straub

In collaboration with the Institut Néerlandais and in conjunction with Paris Design Week 2013, design guru Lidewij Edelkoort will exhibit the private collection she has been curating over the past seventeen years. This will be the first time her unique collection has been exhibited publically, offering an intriguing look at the first decade of design in the 21st century.


Edelkoort has collected design that has sparked important trends, as a new generation came to terms with technology within a post-millennium context, often exploring material values and craft. The installation will present unique pieces by leading contemporary designers; including autonomous works by Maarten Baas (Netherlands), Fernando & Humberto Campana (Brazil), Nacho Carbonell (Spain), Studio Job (Belgium), Julia Lohmann (Germany) and Bertjan Pot (Netherlands).


Exhibited in the Institut Néerlandais’ private salons, THE EDELKOORT DESIGN COLLECTION will feature works never before displayed in France, including ”Pump It Up’, the graduate project by Nacho Carbonell, a natural pigment edition of ‘Clay’ furniture by Maarten Baas, the first hand-blown ‘Glassworks’ by Dick van Hoff (Netherlands), and ‘7 Pots / 3 Centuries / 2 Materials’, the seminal craft-design masterpiece by Hella Jongerius (Netherlands).  Also on display will be a charred baby grand piano, the first in a series by Maarten Baas for his famous ‘Smoke’ collection.

* A catalogue will be published on the occasion of the exhibition, including colour photography and several essays about contemporary design written by Lidewij Edelkoort. A book signing will take place on September 10 at 20:00, where guests may have their copy signed by Lidewij Edelkoort, along with other fashion and design publications by the author.


* Lidewij Edelkoort will present the 2015 interior & design trends in a seminar at 14:00 on Friday, September 13 (French). To purchase tickets and receive further information about Trend Union, please contact




September 6 – October 27, 2013



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'Clay' (2010) by Maarten Baas & 'Tool Barrow' (2001) by Studio Job - photo by Thomas Straub

'Clay' (2010) by Maarten Baas & 'Tool Barrow' (2001) by Studio Job - photo by Thomas Straub