Around the corner from Strijp-S Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk have set up their new studio. In an exhibition featuring their favourite designers, the duo are putting their mark on Strijp-T.
Established, young and innovative are just some of the words that describe the designers at T-presentation. From jewellery design to re-used furniture and brand-new interior design, a certain eye for detail and production process is what binds these designers.
New York and Eindhoven-based designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew is the brains behind innovative jewellery label byAMT. "I was asked by Kiki and Joost to be part of this exhibition after I showed my designs at Qubique in Berlin. Usually I only present my jewellery but for Qubique and here I really wanted to show the process behind my work." Although the shapes of byAMT are relatively simple (diamond-shaped rings, circle beads and over-sized bracelets) the design and production process are pretty complex.
"T-presentation aims to show the important story behind materiality, technology or a personal signature" says Melka-Treichroew. The work on show is so different, but it's these contrasting points of view which make the exhibition exciting."
Working with cuttings from the leather industry, Pepe Heykoop presents his latest furniture series. Combining second-hand furniture with these leftovers, Heykoop creates Skin collection, furniture which is different every time according to the leather cuttings and the found furniture.
"The leather used for skins needed to be perfect in itself," says Heykoop. "But that left me with scarred and stained leftovers, rejected skins from the leather industry. By turning the leather on its side and showing the ends, stains and imperfections can't be seen. That's how these stools and table - named Leather Loops - were created."
Amongst the designers at T-presentation Design.nl spoke to Tineke Beunders of Ontwerpduo, which has its workshop at Strijp-T. "It's really a fantastic exhibition and the atmosphere here is great too. I love the roughness of the building contrasted with the high-end finish of the products. Another great feature of this exhibition is that each designer really helped build it up, usually this space is just a passage to the various workshops housed here, now its a wonderful exhibition space."
Showing their latest works Cottage Town (a series of decorative cardboard houses to turn plant pots into jungles) and an updated version of Lightforest, Ontwerpduo presented a polished view on interior design.
"The new light is entirely made-to-measure" explains Beunders, "making each Lightforest unique. Sometimes we make products the same, but we pride ourselves in being flexible. We keep very close to the production process." Something each of the T-presentation designers seemed to have in common.
Main image: Ontwerpduo
Other images: 1.-2. byAMT photo: Lisa Klappe 3.-4. Ontwerpduo 5.-6. Pepe Heykoop photo: Annemarijne Bax
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