Fragments of time - objects

Despite my graduation in furniture design (2013), the last three years my work has spread in the world of design but even more in the world of visual art.  I am working with two galleries at the moment and my work has been shown at art shows such as Art Rotterdam and Art Basel Miami. 

I feel at home in the world of art but I do not want to lose my love for the furniture. Thats why last Salone del Mobile in Milan (april 2017) I presented my new collection ‘Fragments of Time' at Ventura Lambrate. For the first time I presented furniture pieces! The black Ghiberti chair, a small hanging Art Nouveau cupboardand a standing version of this cupboard in black with 8 special doors. The pieces give my concept a broader perspective on applied art. 


Art Nouveau cupboard

I have translated the cast of an Art Nouveau ceiling in 8 special rubber doors hanging in wooden frame. The rubber doors are poured around the corner and when a door is opens, the rubber folds in the cabinet. Slowly the Libelle ornament unfolds and through the movement it seems to fly a little. The steel high legs emphasize the style of the Art Nouveau style. The cabinet is the strongest in the middle of the space because of it stand-alone character. i.



Ornaments are in most cases characterized by styling, a repetitive motif and symmetry

Aesthetically, this cabinet has all aspects of the translation of the ornament; Ornaments are in most cases characterized by styling, a repetitive motif and symmetry. For example, they can aim to raise awareness of the observer, or to give thoughts or a certain feeling. Just by applying the ornamentation on the doors, people get a broader perspective in my work and they see opportunities from applications of their history/ memory translated into an object. I see this object as a relief shrine where special personal things can be stored. The object is made in collaboration with a crafted furniture maker Joris Jansens. The edition of the Art Nouveau cupboard is 8 pieces.

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In 1921, the former director of the KABK bought a copy of the famous doors ‘Porta del Paradiso’(1425) by Lorenzo Ghiberti (1378-1455). These plaster doors form the basis of Nynke Koster’s graduation collection ‘Coexist’(2013). The collection consists of 6 objects which are derived from copying various locations. The negatives of this copies get a new identity and together form her collection.

The panels tell the story of the old testament of the bible. This new way of looking to the story negative opens up this new world of interpretation.“I can take the memory of the place, the value it has, in fragments with me. The work balances on the border between art and design.”

Commissioned by the KABK in 2016 Nynke was asked to create a present for here old furniture teacher Wim Ros who retired. She wanted to give her teacher a 3D memory of the art school  because it has been more then a school all these years. Nynke decided to use a exact copy of one of the panels of the door. In collaboration with Renate Nederpel, who is also a former student of Wim Ros, it turns out to be this chair.

The construction concept of the “Ghiberti” chair is developed by Renate Nederpel. Typical design aspect of this ‘Ghiberti’ chair are the two separate elements who, when brought together, transform into the final form of the chair. The foldable seating takes form when pushed between the poles of the frame. The tension who appears between these two elements is basically the main construction. There is no need for extra fixing between these two elements to create this chair.

The work of Nederpel can be characterized by the combined use of textile materials with the technique of folding. The “Ghiberti” chair who is a development from her original design, the ‘Butterfly’ chair, part of the PopUp linen collection (2013), is used for this special collaboration.

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