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Recently I visited the fair for contemporary design Object Rotterdam. It has been some years, so I was curious. Nowadays, the fair is affiliated to Art Rotterdam week. Good to be able to visit other art locations, but unfortunately I did not have the time. But to my opinion, visiting just Object is inspiring enough..
The OBJECT fair is a platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different design disciplines and with various materials. OBJECT is thé place where the cutting edge between design, crafts, fashion, architecture and art becomes evident and it is a must-see for collectors, professionals and other design-minded people.
Participants can only enter by invitation since OBJECT is a curated fair, which means designers are carefully selected to keep the right balance between well-known names and upcoming talents, different design disciplines and materials, applied design and more autonomous installations. Director Anne van der Zwaag is also known for curating exhibitions during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, for example Bar Anne last year. She and the Object team did a good job; all participants together made a good mix of young designers, well known names such as Ontwerpduo and Raw Color and also bigger labels like Lensvelt.
Of course, the characteristic HAKA building is fantastic. In 2011 I visited this building before…check the blog I wrote about this building here.
I would like to share my highlights of the fair. A lot of them have a link with sustainability. Not only because this is an important subject for young designers, but probably also because of my own interest in this subject.
For me, these designs stand out. They give me a positive feeling about the future.
studio Petra Vonk
Studio Petra Vonk presents PLECTERE. PLECTERE introduces texture and warmth to (office) spaces, dampens sounds through its excellent acoustic properties and contributes to better focus and concentration.
I really love her designs: not only are they helpful for acoustics, they are beautiful objects that bring something very special to a space.
Holyscrap handmade furniture creates furniture from scrap. Leftovers from custom projects, combined with other stuff they collect. For Object, they made a collection of cupboards and cabinets using and inspired by records.
the Soft World
Beatrice Waanders from The Soft World turnes local left-over wool from Dutch landscape-projects into precious bespoke design for architecture. Beautiful!
It is clear that we cannot go on producing the way we are producing today, or we will create mountains of waste, losing tonnes of valuable materials. This is also the case with ceramics. Once we break a plate, mug or cup, we throw it into the waste bin and it goes to the incinerator. With “remake ceramics’, Fabrique Publique would like to use the waste material and make it a valuable recourse for new products. This presentation shows what recycled content means for tactility and outlook of the designs.
The tableware itself is based on simple geometric shapes and aims to encourage people to share food.
Feathers could be a very functional interior textile, as well as a new solution to the fashion industry, as the new ‘fur’, without all the death usually associated with fur. Pascale shows this with her textile series Feathered fabrics.
The ostrich feather was once a highly valued commodity during the 19th Century, as Victorian and Edwardian woman sought out big plumes to decorate their flamboyant hats. Since then, the feather has fallen from grace and now its main use is removing dust or in tacky carnival costumes. Pascale aims to enhance the value of the ostrich feather, a very specialized product coming from the 150 year old ostrich feather industry in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. She hopes to go beyond the aesthetic and decorative and rather return it to its former glory in a more integrated and practical way, within modern society where big feathered hats are no longer stylish.
Collecting feathers from the ostrich is the removal of dead material and is the equivalent to cutting fingernails causing no pain to the bird.
Maartje van den Noort
And last but not least, Woven Layers by Maartje van den Noort. I really love her work and it was wonderful to talk to her during Object.
Maartje grew up near the dutch dunes in Zeeland. While she moved to more urban surroundings, the empty skies, bird-swarms and the vast land never really left her. Since a few years the images pop up in her paintings. Her work is known for their layers and their abstractness.
Recently she translated four of her paintings to jacquard woven wall hangings. These tapestries do not only mirror all the layers of paint, they also chase away the sounds in the room and in your head. Who would not love that? 🙂
part of the text from Object Rotterdam
all images by me