Maarten Baas Makes Time at Dutch Design Week 2016
Mimi Berlin Blogger team visited ‘Maarten Baas Makes Time’; an interdisciplinary exhibition curated by Dutch designer Maarten Baas, designed by Baas himself together with theatre director Joris van Midde, at the Dutch Design Week of 2016. Binding factor of this exhibition was, of course; Time and Dutch design.
Situated at the entrance of the former VDMA Garage was a timeline of 15 chairs, designed by Maarten Baas, opposite of Maarten Baas’ newest work. The next space was filled with work by different artists like the ‘Minuted‘ installation by Gijs van Bon and Strandbeest, one of the evolutionairy animals by Theo Jansen, surrounded by a grid on the floor made with white sand named ‘Fossil Field’ by Iris van Herpen.
Next we passed musician Joost van Dijk playing the cello together with beats of time. The music was wonderful by itself but also perfect as a restful ‘backdrop’ for the next surprise of the ‘Maarten Baas Makes Time’ exhibition:
‘12 Times‘. Twelve wooden booths, all with a little window and a poem by Ingmar Heytze pinned to the side, placed in a circle. Inside the booths were situations to be seen in a mix of tableaux vivants, performances and/or design objects. For instance: a women was knitting a scarf sitting in a typical Dutch old-fashioned livingroom setting with, showcased on the mantlepiece, two ‘Reddish’ vases by RenS. designed in 2014. (see image above). Another booth had a video with people counting (by unknown to us) next to a wooden clock (filled with woodworm; the wood will all be gone in 80 years, all that’s left will be the time mechanism) ‘Time is Ticking” designed by Aart van Asseldonck in 2015.
Walking further, past the Reversor machine (“When you are hesitating to cut a tree, use this machine”) by Lambert Kamps, and a few installations (we loved the one by Tessa Koot), we entered the more festive part of the exhibition: ‘Sergio Herman Makes Food‘ or ‘Party Time‘.
The mannequins with Liselore Frowijn’s ‘Afropolitain‘ Resort 2017 collection (partly made with fabric by Vlisco) and Vlisco in animation by Lody Aeckerlin stood at the entrance of the much darker ‘Party Time‘ space. The dining area, (or pop-up restaurant) for dinners cooked by Sergio Herman, was styled with Vlisco tablecloths, curtains by Nightshop and golden balloons.The tables were set with serveware designed by Maarten Baas for Sergio Herman (produced by Cor Unum).The chairs, by Piet Hein Eek were provided by Lensvelt
Seveware by Maarten Baas (image via domus)
Lensvelt, Cor Unum, Vlisco and VPRO Medialab were some of the sponsors of this lovely event; they had room, amongst other designers, to showcase their products at the end of the exhibition.
“MAARTEN BAAS MAKES TIME includes works by:
Anthon Beeke, Anton Corbijn, Atelier NL, Atelier van Asseldonk, Atelier van Lieshout, Cor Unum, Erwin Olaf, Geert Sweep, Gijs van Bon, Ingmar Heytze, Iris van Herpen, Jeroen Kooijmans, Jeroen Wolf, John Körmeling, Joris van Midde, Julien Carretero, Kiki van Eijk, Lambert Kamps, Lensvelt, Lisa Klappe, Mieke Meijer, Nel Verbeke (Dutch Invertuals), Nick Ramage (Laikingland), Niels Hoebers, Ontwerpbureau Nightshop, Piet Hein Eek, rENs, Richard Hutten, Rob Scholte, Sander Mulder, Sergio Herman, Studio Makkink & Bey, Tessa Koot, Tejo Remy, Teun Hocks, Theo Jansen, Vlisco, Ward Wijnant.” (read more ddw.nl)