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Gentlemen’s Room 1953 by Snodevormgevers

Milan 09: Dutch designers Snodevormgevers present a collection of plate-steel furniture in the shape of tree trunks at the Stuffed exhibition of animal-flavoured design in Milan this week.


The exhibition is at Romeo Gigli Building, Via Angelo Fumigalli 6 (nearest metro: Porta Genova FS ) from 22-27 April. Top image: liquor cabinet. Above: stool. Below: fireplace.


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Here's some info about Snodevormgevers's project followed by details of the Stuffed exhibition:


Gentlemen’s room 1953
Plate steel

Fire Place large
Fire place small
Tree Trunk small
Tree Trunk medium
Tree Trunk large
Liquor Cabinet

Gentleman's room 1953 is a fusion of nature and interior, traditional elements of a gentleman's chamber are brought back to their essence and are reinterpreted from the point of view of the animals.

The  fireplace , the liquor cabinet and the stools are made out of tree trunks, or that is how it appears to be. On a closer inspection you will notice they are actually made out of plate steel.



‘Stuffed’ is the initiative of a group of young, as well as established, designers, artists and entrepreneurs based at Strijp S in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In the exhibition they will present works inspired by the historical collection of animals belonging to the Milieu Educatie Centrum Eindhoven (MEC). Together with a selection of the MEC's collection, the works will be shown during Salone del Mobile.

Animals have not only been the starting point, but also a part of the exhibition. Stuffed has become a journey though the world of taxidermy, skin, living environment, the beauty of life and death, appearance and science.

The MEC owns a large collection of objects. What started as a bird collection grew to become a broad assortment of more than 70.000 pieces. Most of the animals are from the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant and have historical value. During the year only a few of them are exhibited while the rest remain a well-kept secret to the public. This consists of mammals and birds which are being carefully preserved in dozens of closets in the attic, insects are drawn up perfectly in glass frames, there are drawers full of eggs, and somewhere, you’ll find a lost amphibian in preservation liquids; Together they form a perfectly preserved biotope. This historical archive formed the basis of the exhibition that will be presented at ‘Dutchness’.

'Stuffed' was exhibited for the first time during the ‘Dutch Design Week 2008’. As most of the initiators are alumni of Design Academy Eindhoven it feels well to connect Stuffed to the renowned institute.

Curators: Christoph Brach and Franke Elshout