1/10 Arnout Meijer & Saskia Noor van Imhoff
Iconic Dutch Design is recontexualized by a younger generation in the jubilee exhibition of contemporary design publisher Thomas Eyck. In collaboration with Zuiderzee Museum and curator Jules van den Langenberg this section is first to publish a series of new projects.
To mark his jubilee ten product series were selected from Thomas Eyck’s collection, which are exemplary for the collaborations the publisher & distributor has developed with designers and producers since 2007. Accordingly, ten young designers, artists and architects were invited to create a project in which the iconic t.e. objects are studied and recontextualised. The retrospective exhibition reviews the past decade and forecasts a potential future for the t.e. collection. Installation 1/10 is a reflection on the ‘Tinware’ ornaments, developed for Thomas Eyck in 2007 by Studio Job in collaboration with Tingieterij Leerdam.
Particulary in the sculptures for this exhibition, artist Saskia Noor van Imhoff and designer Arnout Meijer investigate the genesis of a series of pewter ornaments. In this exceptional collaboration, they query the definition of the ‘thing’. When does an item become an object? How do we experience the various stages? And what status and value do we assign to these perspectives? The transparent drawers function as a collection of data, in which the definition of the ‘thing’ becomes visible in an associative manner. The cross-sections present a historical document of the item, just like the layers of the earth.
Arnout Meijer and Saskia Noor van Imhoff reflect on a serie of Studio Job. Studio Job, founded by Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel in 1997, combines a high level of craftsmanship with extreme embellishment of the items they design. Their work is on the cutting edge of art and design, and they regularly work with unusual materials like bronze, aluminium and pewter. Voor Thomas Eyck ontwierp Studio Job in 2009 een serie van vijf tinnen objecten: ‘Tinware’. De candle holder, vase, basket jar and plate with standard zijn in mallen gegoten in Tingieterij Leerdam.
The exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck is open until 14 May 2017 at Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen