ReCollections by Kiki van Eijk and
Joost van Bleiswijk

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Milan 08: designers Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk presented reCollections at via Voghera in Zona Tortona last month.

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Van Bleiswijk showed new additions to his No Screw No Glue collection (more information in our previous story) and Compose series.

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Van Eijk exhibited her projects Stamped and Sealed, Domestic Jewels and Soft series.

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The following captions are from the designers:

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Kiki van Eijk:

Domestic Jewels – chaise longue
136 x 63 x 83 cm, Jacquard-woven, double-weave lurex, viscose, cotton, acryl, nickel-plated steel. A collection of everyday beauties like antique cups and plates, handwritten recipes, beautiful silverware and playful teapots were the inspiration for this luxurious textile used on a cubistic construction.

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A homage to everyday domestic objects from the past that still surround us, which were made with a lot of love, crafts and detail. The style of this piece reminds of the 18th century Louis XVI furniture, but is very modern and cubistic at the same time. The fabric is developed in corporation with the Dutch textile museum.

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Domestic Jewels – room divider
203 x 198 x 203 cm, Jacquard-woven, double-weave lurex, viscose, cotton, nickel-plated steel. This collection of medieval kitchen tools and herbs becomes a true Garden of Eden with its layered pattern and combinations of different materials.

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A luxurious and layered jacquard fabric is used on this cubistic frame which forms a room divider that will give homage to these precious kitchen tools. The style of this piece reminds of the 18th century Louis XVI furniture, but is very modern and cubistic at the same time. The fabric is developed in corporation with the Dutch textile museum.

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Domestic Jewels – high bench
121 x 58 x 171cm, Jacquard-woven, double-weave, viscose, cotton, nickel-plated steel. This bench is as a throne for the art of handwriting and cooking. Kiki used a recipe of her great grandmother in beautiful handwriting. From her book that was filled with recipes, written in old Dutch style, Kiki chose her favorite; a celebration cake that the Dutch eat with New Year. With all these seals forming a kind of polka dot it’s almost as if it’s stamped and sealed, emphasizing the quality and beauty of this forgotten craft of handwriting. With not only it’s luxurious textile, but also its secluded form one will feel like a real king once sitting in it! The style of this piece reminds of the 18th century Louis XVI furniture, but is very modern and cubistic at the same time. The fabric is developed in corporation with the Dutch textile museum.

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Domestic Jewels – blanket
150 x 200 cm, mohair, lurex, viscose, jacquard woven, double-weave. A blanket inspired on grandma’s soft napkin with its beautiful and subtle damask. Objects that you can find on a woman’s make up table like scissors and silver combs form an interesting graphic play and layered pattern. The mohair makes it extremely soft and feminine and the glossy scissors remind of an engraving in historical silverwork

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Domestic tiles
15 x 15 cm, ceramics white, gold, dark green
Kitchen elements presented in a framed relief will give a special elegance in every tile wall.

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Patchwork Cabinet 01
67 x 67 x 210cm, oak, ceramics, bronze, glass
A glass display case constructed with different materials and colors, as if it would be a patchwork; ceramics, glass, wood and bronze. All the elements are handmade, even the bronze hinges; a piece of real craftsmanship

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Patchwork Cabinet 02 (main image)
133,5 x 67 x 155cm , oak, ceramics, bronze, glass
A glass display case constructed with different materials and colors, as if it would be a patchwork; ceramics, glass, wood and bronze. All the elements are handmade, even the bronze hinges; a piece of real craftsmanship.

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Button towels
70 x 70 x 70cm, cotton
Colourfull kitchen towels with a pattern of buttons inspired on grandma’s buttons. Produced and distributed by audax Textielmuseum Tilburg.

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Stamped and Sealed vase S01
19,3 x 19,3 x 30 cm, ceramics
A vase inspired on medieval glass bottles with its handmade seals. These ceramic seals tell a story together about what could be found around the kitchen table in medieval times. The color is based on the colors used in glasswork in these times.

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Stamped and Sealed Jewels
5 x5cm, 3,5 x 3,5cm, 2 x 2cm porcelain
Jewels derived from the beauty of medieval seals which were used on glass bottles. These seals were so beautiful, almost a jewel itself. The stamped & sealed jewels are made of porcelain and the form derived from a seal is like a frame around the culinary relief. These relief’s show medieval and Victorian kitchen tools which were also as beautiful as a jewel.

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Soft shelve
6 x 26 x 6cm, ceramics
A ceramic shelve with all the details and feelings of a soft shelve made of textile, like a cushion. This shelve functions as an altar for ones most precious belongings. A new addition to Kiki’s soft series.

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Soft teapot
44 x 26 x 37 cm, ceramics
Teatime! A teapot that looks soft, as made of textile, in a giant size is perfect for any high tea! A new addition to Kiki’s soft series.

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Joost van Bleiswijk:

No screw no glue - wall cabinet
56 x 54 x 284 cm
Material: polished stainless steel
Edition: 8 plus two artist proofs
A cabinet as a complete wall, or the wall as an entire cabinet. A combination of fireplace, altar and cabinet. This piece is as a conclusion of cabinet designs over centuries. It represents all these different characteristics and forms which are brought together in a giant design that covers the principle of a wall, but also all meanings of wall decorations.

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No screw no glue - trophy
Size: 48 x 48 x 112 cm
Material: polished stainless steel
Edition: 20 plus two artist proofs
A trophy where honor for victories, remembrance of triumph and glorification of mankind are brought together. With its enormous complicated details and refined technical solutions it’s really a next step in the no screw no glue range of work.

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No screw no glue - candelabrum
Size: 52 x 52 x 116 cm
Material: polished stainless steel
Edition: 20 plus two artist proofs
This candelabrum hosts five candles, which forms a centerpiece of any table and interior. It’s inspired on 17th century candlesticks and table settings where light and the entire atmosphere of a table setting was created by silver candelabrums. This candelabrum shines light in all directions, and by the detailing of the object, the light is reflected in more than 140 separate pieces. And with its high polished material it’s almost as if we’re back in time with the silver candelabrums

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No screw no glue - serving tray
Size: 32 x 94 x 14 cm
Material: polished stainless steel
A no screw no glue variation to the centuries old oval serving tray. The details of it become even more visible by making this tray cubic.

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No screw no glue – lantern
Size: 34 x 34 x 132 cm
Material: polished stainless steel
Edition: 20 plus two artist proofs
A lantern doesn’t only say something about light or fire, but also it’s a heroic object. It shines a light in the wind, the rain and the impossible, where light is needed and warmth is wanted. This lantern on a pedestal is homage to this primitive object, which shows the beauty of lighting the lit that reflects the light in all directions.

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Compose amphora
57 x 37 x 104cm, polished pewter, solid wenge
Edition: 3
In the compose series, Joost acts as the little boy with his woodblocks. Composing shapes with solid pieces of wenge wood, he finally fixes them by casting pewter in routed slots.
Shapes that inspire and have an imaginational impact to Joost are picked to create archetypical and recognizable objects.

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Compose goblet

48,5 x 48,5 x 89,5 cm, polished pewter, solid wenge
Edition: 3
In the compose series, Joost acts as the little boy with his woodblocks. Composing shapes with solid pieces of wenge wood, he finally fixes them by casting pewter in routed slots. Shapes that inspire and have an imaginational impact to Joost are picked to create archetypical and recognizable objects.

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Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2008 at 7:15 pm by . See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • PAOLO

    The images on the wall look AMAZING!!!!!! Can you please upload some in another article. The object look very interesting as well!!! Are the pictures taken and manipulated by Erwin Olaf? The remind me a bit of the work Erwin Olaf did for moooi. I might be wrong though cos I cant really see them clearly.

  • cedric

    intersting.. i missed this in milan but the photots show it wel..

  • tom

    beautiful…
    love all the cabinets.

    lot’s of character.