Cut and Paste by Kiki van Eijk at Secondome


Dutch designer Kiki van Eijk has designed a collection of objects for Italian design company Secondome by splicing together recognisable components in unusual combinations.

Above: Cabinet Cart

Called Cut and Paste, the collection is on show at the Secondome gallery in Rome.

Above: Crate Shade

After hundreds sketches and several models, van Eijk produced seven final pieces combining clocks, wire, furniture, ladders and bird cages.

Above: Clock

Compositions include a tiny golden lamp in a box perched on a ladder, a circular container slung between a wooden frame and a cabinet stacked above a chair and low table.

Above: Machine Box
Here's some more information from the Gallery:

“Cut & Paste” collection by Kiki Van Eijk for Secondome

“An imaginary world in which everything is mixed, combined and questioned: Small & big scale…Farm and bourgeois…Simple & luxurious materials…Basic & complicated… Sketch & final result… Inspirations & processes…Different techniques & personal fascinations... Old & new projects...Reflections & impulses…Like an enormous patchwork of ideas, collection of thoughts & curiosities.”Here's some more information from the Gallery:

Above: Stack of Furniture

This is the soul of this new collection born of the collaboration between Kiki Van Eijk and Secondome director Claudia Pignatale. Two young women in their early thirties with a fresh and poetic look on design, take a very new and fresh approach, which is all about the joy of “making and sketching things” by hand, without any computer involved.

Above: Totem

The project is all about the personality and emotion found within an object. Now, more than 1 year after the first inspiration, this special collection for Secondome is finished and will have it’s world premiere in Rome.

Above: Vertical Clock

By first making hundreds of sketches, 7 final objects have just “appeared” with diverse references such as wheel, cart, high clock, bird cage, niche, farm, bourgeois, primitive, complicated, rich, poor; they almost transform into 7 curiosities. Each curiosity becomes much more than just an object; it creates its own imaginary and personal world; very autonomous.

Above: Crate Shade

Each object is an assembly of colours, forms and materials such as solid wood, brass, copper, ceramics, textiles, mirror, steel. It represents the joy and importance of “making things” by hand without computers and really “designing by making”.

The pieces show Kiki’s big love for materials, experimentation, tactility, research, sketches, context, settings, proportions, curiosities and every-day beauty.

It’s also a reflection of Kiki herself within the work she’s been making throughout the years and tells of the direction she will go from here.

Posted on Wednesday March 3rd 2010 at 10:04 am by Antonia Anastasiadi. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    I fancy Kiki!

  • b

    eclictic look of the collection looks nice..but looking closer it sort of sums up the jaime hayon, hella jongerius and jurgen bey repertoire from the past 7 years..
    looks impressive at first..but looking at the details..hmmmmnnnnnnot really convinced

  • Neo

    @ b
    you forgot studio Job.

  • Tijs

    That’s why it’s called cut and past

  • eye +

    this is like making expressionist art in the 50’s.. nostalgic about the past,.. personally i’m more fascinated by the present

  • i dont know.. its really fits that title.. cut and paste..

    but how long can design dwell on cut and paste and when to start really thinking form and function in new ways..

    aprrciate her trying but i find her more a sculpurer artist then designer..

  • konallou

    ..alice in wonderland

  • Rudy

    I see a pattern here. Memphis Milano was a movement to explore emotions and personality in design. It was a reaction to the rational functionality of bauhaus-like design that came to a dead end. In retrospect we value that movement for shaking up things, opening new directions in design. But with some exeptions it’s own esthetic value had a poor quality.
    Have we come to a halt with our contemporary minimal design? Doesn’t every sofa, chair looks the same these days? Retro wasn’t the answer.
    So again here’s a designer shaking up things. Trying to find new directions. But unlike Memphis this doesn’t arrive as a shockwave. We have seen similar try-outs. I think the emotional value in the design is too personal and fails to communicate to others. This is too much trying to look like Art that often demands you to explore the creators own metaphorical universe.
    Cut and paste is just lacking the richness of such a universe and can never be Art. As design it let’s the user down in a disappointing way.