Kiki van Eijk’s presented a new collection at Design Miami 2016, inspired in nature. An exhibition called as Civilized Primitives.
Kiki van Eijk’s career began in 2000 with her hand-knotted carpet “We’re living in a doll’s house” – better known as the “Kiki Carpet” – with which she graduated with distinction from the design academy in Eindhoven. Ever since she presented herself as Alice in Wonderland on the enormously enlarged rose pattern, she has been a rising star on the Dutch Design.
Each of the objects in Kiki van Eijk’s new furniture collection is modelled on branches found in the forests surrounding the Dutch designer’s Eindhoven home, and cast in bronze.
From an A-frame daybed of intersecting sticks to a tall and gnarled candelstick holder, each is based on branches that have been sanded on three sides and left textured on the last – giving rise to the “civilized” and “primitive” aspects of the collection’s title.
As part of the Design at Large program, the collection is displayed in an outdoor Bedouin-style tent, created using the large-scale printing processes of Dutch company Exposize. Van Eijk’s Physical Interaction light sculptures, which are turned on through unusual interactions like blowing on a mobile or lighting a flint, are also on show inside.
The designer was prompted to create the pieces – described as “whimsical and substantive” in aesthetic – after thinking about how people survive in the wild. “These two collections represent my latest inspirations – how humans interact with the natural world and how designers have a responsibility to bring this relationship to design,” said van Eijk.
See more from Design Miami 2016 HERE!