8/10 Aliki van der Kruijs x Irma Boom
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 8/10 is a reflection on the book and wallpaper ‘Colour Based On Nature’, developed for Thomas Eyck in 2012 by graphic designer Irma Boom in collaboration with Lenoirschuring and Eijffinger.
Untitled (Jungfrau Aletsch)
The work of designer Aliki van der Kruijs (born 1984) is always tactile: for each new project, she carefully researches the most suitable material to illuminate the relationship between humans and nature. In the material panorama she has created for this installation, we see the colours, textures, observations and thoughts that she gathered when she visited the Jungfrau-Aletsch region of Switzerland this past summer and autumn. A striped colour landscape, created based on a photograph, was her tour guide: it inspired Van der Kruijs to explore the area, first as a tourist and later as artist-in-residence at the High Altitude Research Station Jungfraujoch.
The designer worked on location to research the perspectives from which humans observe nature. For example, she recorded tourists’ ‘nature experience behind glass’, doing little dances with their selfie sticks to immortalise themselves in the landscape. She also photographed the Aletsch Glacier and translated this into a textile. The back fluidly displays the colours of the landscape.
Aliki van der Kruijs reflects on a serie of Irma Boom. Irma Boom, internationally renowned graphic designer and the designer of the Rijksmuseum’s corporate identity, created the book Colour Based on Nature for Thomas Eyck in 2012. In this book she translates 80 Unesco natural heritage sites into colour DNA. She captures the Jungfrau-Aletsch region in coloured stripes, derived from photographs of the landscape. Boom chooses unusual formats, materials, colours, textures and typography in her work.
The exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck is open until 14 May 2017 at Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen