October 27, 2016

Maarten Baas Makes Time | Dutch design week 2016

The good thing of Dutch design week is there is so much to see, but the worst is also knowing when you spend some time at one place you are missing out tons of other places. To be honest I gave up wanting to see everything whenever visiting a design event and just enjoying the moment. One of the highlights of my first day at this years Dutch Design week was the exhibition, entitled: Maarten Baas Makes Time. The exhibition features many works by the designer himself accompanied by work and pieces by a lively collection of artists, designers, photographers, performers and top chef, Sergio Herman.

Maarten Baas: "The idea behind MBMT is to show how design can represent a unifying factor between the different creative disciplines. So it's really cool and such an honour that it's become a true collaboration between so many diverse talents."

"What it is? It's everything and nothing. An experiment, an experience...whatever you want to call it: 15 Years of MAARTEN BAAS, the preview to a book, the premiere of a new collection, a restaurant... I think it's a soup more than anything else. A soup that symbolises this hotchpotch I've created here!"

Held in the VDMA building in Eindhoven's city centre, the MBMT exhibition, in collaboration with the Dutch Design Foundation, consists of a collection of BAAS' key works, a collaborative section of pieces by other creative talents centred around the theme of time, and a temporary restaurant, conveniently situated in a tent at the centre of the exhibition. BAAS is setting the table with his own china and silverware and the menu contains a selection of signature dishes by Sergio Herman. The temporary restaurant was made in collaboration with creative companies such as Cor Unum, Exposize, Vlisco en Serax.

Tables at the restaurant were fully booked in no time. However, visitors to Dutch Design week need not despair: there will be a soup hut, also designed by MAARTEN BAAS, located in the square in front of the VDMA building, where the visiting public can enjoy a cup of soup made by none less than Sergio Herman.

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October 26, 2016

Candles by Ester & Erik at Graanmarkt 13

Last week I visited the launch of the new Surface collection by Sergio Herman for Serax in Belgium, more about that later this week. Before catching the train back to the Netherlands we just had enough time to visit Graanmarkt 13 where I found this elegant taper candles by Ester & Erik I had been looking for an original candle dipping system for ages and was so happy to finally find it at Graanmarkt 13. Candles by Danish factory Ester & Erik are sold in exclusive interior-design shops and at the most renowned florists all over the world and I think they look really good at my home

Have a look at the pictures I made during a previous visit of the store and the exclusive apartment on the upper floor designed by Vincent van Duysen here: 
Graanmarkt 13 | PS LAB Press event in Antwerp

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October 25, 2016

A String Installation and more Sectie C | Dutch design week 2016

Visiting Sectie C during Dutch Design week I also walked into the creative space of Collaboration O, an Eindhoven based collective of 14 Designers that work as a team , supporting one another while following their own individual paths. 

Corradino Garofalo is a designer with a background in industrial design, his practice focuses on creating analogies between material behaviour and the behaviour of the individual within society. His fascination for film, photography, video projections and video installations has led him to a multidisciplinary approach towards design. I was impressed by his work exhibited in the creative space Collaboration O.

String Instalation by Crioll design studio
Crioll design studio made an installation using the String Shelfing system at sectie C. I really loved the paintings on the wall in combination with a selection of furniture and accessories you will find in their design boutique, located in Eindhoven they sell a curated selection of contemporary design objects for your home and office.

Fran Lebowitz is known for her sardonic social commentary on American life as filtered through her New York City sensibilities. Since the 1970s, writer Fran Lebowitz has been one of New York City’s most important social critics. In 2010, HBO aired ‘Public Speaking’, a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary in which Lebowitz opines with characteristic trenchancy on everything from the touristification of Times Square to the concept of fame to her dislike of digital clocks.

At Sectie C I discovered the work of Roel Geboers who has been making four posters to capture
the insight of Fran Lebowitz her opinions after seeing the Martin Scorsese documentary. The poster showing the 2 candidates running for president of the US and Fran's opinion made me smile. "I never have loved her more. Everyone has to love her now! Because she’s what stands between us and Donald Trump as the president of the United States" Have a look at Roel's work at Gorillasalad 

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