Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk show 30 new pieces

Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk present line-drawn design at Physical exhibition

Milan 2016: Dutch designers Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk's Physical exhibition showcases five new collections, including furniture that looks like drawings and products bolted together like Meccano (+ slideshow).

Protopunk by Joost van Bleiswijk looks like a two-dimensional sketch
Protopunk by Joost van Bleiswijk looks like a two-dimensional sketch

The presentation in Milan's Isola district during the city's design week explored "nature's balance, motion, warmth, light, electricity and construction", according to the duo.

The colours appear inverted so black lines replaced with chalk-like marks
The colours appear inverted so black lines replaced with chalk-like marks

Van Bleiswijk's Protopunk furniture follows the recent trend for design that looks like two-dimensional sketches, but in inverted colours so black lines are replaced with chalk-like marks.

Made from sheet metal, the series was then welded together and painted
Made from sheet metal, the series was then welded together and painted

Made from sheets of flat metal, the cabinet, lamp and chessboard were cut out using a blow torch before being welded together and painted with the white outlines.

Physical Interaction by Kiki van Eijk Physical exhibition Milan design week 2016
The Physical Interaction light sculptures by Kiki van Eijk are turned on in a variety of ways

Van Eijk has designed a trio of light sculptures that are turned on through a variety of interactions – including blowing on a mobile and sparking a flint. The pieces are made from branch-like structures and hold small lamps shaped like leaves.

Physical Interaction by Kiki van Eijk Physical exhibition Milan design week 2016
The branch-like pieces hold small leaf-shaped lamps

Similar twiggy forms are featured in the designer's Civilised Primitives collection, which includes everyday objects such as mirrors, clocks and lamps made of bronze branches.

The designer's Conversation Piece was also included in the exhibition. The sculptural object comprises a hybrid desk lamp and office chair crashing into a walnut table.

Conversation Piece by Kiki van Eijk
Van Eijk's Conversation Piece is also on show at the exhibition

Van Bleiswijk's Mechanic Constructions collection references children's construction system Meccano, and is made from individual hand-cut elements that have been bolted together. The series includes a coffee table, lamp and cabinet, each of which feature polished metal accents.

Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk Physical exhibition Milan design week 2016
Mechanic Constructions by Joost van Bleiswijk references children's construction systems

"Researching, experiencing and creating with your own hands is the best way to gather knowledge," said the pair, who work on both individual and collaborative design projects at their studio in Eindhoven. "This is the reason why babies from nature already experiment with physical principles."

Mechanical Constructions by Joost van Bleiswijk
The whole series is made from individual hand-cut elements bolted together

"The physical act may be very present in the final result and actual existence of objects in an exponential growing virtual world," they added.

Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk Physical exhibition Milan design week 2016
The coffee table, lamp and cabinet in the collection all feature polished metal accents

The exhibition took place at ZonaK on Via Spalato 11, from 12 to 17 April 2016 as part of this year's Milan design week.

Van Eijk and van Bleiswijk's Physical exhibition remains open until 17 April
Van Eijk and van Bleiswijk's Physical exhibition remains open at Milan design week 2016 until 17 April

Other exhibitions around the city included an installation of black and white marble furniture by Nendo and a showcase of classic Pop Art furniture pieces from Gufram.