9/10 Wouter Paijmans X Christien Meindertsma
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 9/10 is a reflection on the ‘Oak Inside’ series of utensils created for Thomas Eyck in 2011. The series was developed by designer Christien Meindertsma in collaboration with Roosje Hindeloopen and Tinctoria.
In a living-room-sized aluminium sculpture we see a collection of oak furniture, painted with enlarged traditional Hindelooper motifs which have been applied in a new way. The wooden pieces of furniture are reflected in a remarkable installation by artist Wouter Paijmans. His aluminium sculptures are partly painted, dented and crumpled and create a special trompe l’oeil effect. In them, each wooden piece of furniture is given a ‘mirror image’ from Paijmans’ studio.
Wouter Paijmans reflects on a serie of Christien Meindertsma. Designer Christien Meindertsma was commissioned to create a series of pieces of oak furniture, ‘Oak Inside’, inspired by the Hindelooper interior design art of the 17th and 18th centuries. At that time, living rooms in the Frisian village of Hindeloopen featured furniture painted with colourful flowers, birds and garlands. This style of interior decor had been adopted from Scandinavia, with which Hindeloopen maintained a brisk trade. The furniture was originally made of oak, but this later became too expensive and was replaced by pine.
Meindertsma investigated the traditional production process and discovered new colour techniques which she used to decorate her designs for Thomas Eyck – a tea table, stepladder, chest, chair, cabinet, cupboard, salt and pepper mills and a rug. Roosje Hindeloopen, a family business dating from 1894, enabled this innovation on the traditional local art of furniture-making and painting.
The exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck is open until 14 May 2017 at Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuizen