10 September 2017 Maarten


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.

Surprising context

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

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