THE YOUNG COLLECTORS
Living in a design exhibition
Like a voyeur you can wander through the residence of two young design and art
collectors who open their doors to the public during the Dutch Design Week in
Eindhoven. Studio Thier & vanDaalen not only designed their remarkable kitchen, the
design duo is also the curator of the ‘voyeuristic exhibition’ in this refurbished thirties
During the Dutch Design Week there is an overwhelming array of exhibitions where established and
young designers show their latest designs. But nowhere a visitor is able to satisfy the curiosity of peeking
into other people’s designed homes as well.
On the Juliusstraat, a stone’s throw from Strijp-S in Eindhoven, the new residents open their doors to the
public and expose the completely renovated and furnished home.
The collectors not only show their collection of art and design, but also the new kitchen, which is the
reason of organising this exhibition. Studio Thier & vanDaalen designed this special kitchen based on
previous material experiments in the SOLID / LIQUID project. For example, the worksheet is executed in
the material Hi-Macs, with distinctive decorative lines developed by the studio.
Because Ruben Thier and Iris van Daalen do not only want to show the kitchen during the DDW, the
design duo chooses something surprising. As curators, the designers select work of other designers and
furnished the house with style. ЂInstead of placing traditional design on a pedestal, you can show the
designs much better in a context,Ђ they say.
You enter a dream home with, among other things, seats of Max Lipsey and Tessa Koot around a table
by Maarten Baptist with tableware of the IntuХtiefabriek. There vases by David Derksen and the latest
versions of the VAPOUR Light by the curators themselves.
Many more designs can be found, including works of Mae Engelgeer, Handmade Industrials, Alei
Verspoor, Rive Roshan and Rick Tegelaar and more.
Together with the permanent collection, they form an exhibition in which you can live. As if an interior
design magazine really comes alive.
Photo by Dirk van den Heuvel