Installation by Tessa Koot at the Dutch Design Week 2016

Installation by Tessa Koot at the Dutch Design Week 2016

Installation by Tessa Koot at the Dutch Design Week 2016That’s what this little nook at the ‘Maarten Baas Makes Time‘ exhibition was named: Installation. We, at Mimi Berlin, loved it all! (We always love us some vintagedeluxe, y’all know that!) But the chair especially caught our fancy! The glamorous chair with a face is designed by Tessa Koot. Make sure to check out her website: tessakoot.nl

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Maarten Baas Makes Time at Dutch Design Week 2016

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 Continue reading

Adaptive Travelers: Stairs to a Non-Existent Fourth Floor

Adaptive Travelers: Stairs to a Non-Existent Fourth Floor

We, Mimi Blogger Team, visited the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven.
Being the fashion-angels that we are; we went straight to the fashion-exhibition named ‘Adaptive Travelers‘ (more on that HERE) The exhibition, by Modebelofte 2016, was held at the top floor of the Dutch luxury department store “De Bijenkorf” (‘The Beehive’ in Dutch).

But first we had to adapt ourselves to the intricate entrance route. Instead of just taking the store elevator (or escalator for that matter) we had to walk 3 flights of stairs, which are normally only used by employees, to the actual exhibition. After we exited the exhibition, via a parcours set on the roof (fun!), we saw the mysterious staircase leading to nowhere!!!

We find such a staircase very intruiging, this is the first time we’ve seen such an unfinished build in the Netherlands (which is a mini country with many, very strict rules). In 1960s ‘De Bijenkorf’ store only needed 3 stories, but urban planning was made for 4 stories. From the outside the fabulous building looks much taller than it actually is: the fourth floor is merely a facade. But the plans remain in the form of the stairs leading to nowhere! (Thahanks!! D. Martijn Oostra for this story)

The façade of the Dutch Departmentstore ‘De Bijenkorf” is designed by Giò Ponti (in cooperation withTheo Boosten, Frans Gaast and Mario Negri 1965/1968). Continue reading