The Design Circle: kneeling at the altar of Amsterdam’s Art Chapel

The Design Circle: kneeling at the altar of Amsterdam’s Art Chapel

An exhibition at Amsterdam’s modernist Art Chapel paints a sweeping picture of Dutch design today

Amsterdam is opening up its inner circle of design with a new, albeit brief, exhibition hosted at the city’s Kunst Kapel (Art Chapel). Conceived by design studio Bernotat & Co and the international design platform Connecting the Dots, ‘The Design Circle’ brings together works by ten design studios and labels including Lensvelt, Kranen/Gille, New Window and Anne-Marie Geurink.

The exhibition design borrows from Charles and Ray Eames’ House of Cards – a playhouse for children made of interlocking cards. To wit, the pieces are presented among large, rectangular panels of honeycomb cardboard, designed to be especially durable and reusable, and with the hopes of finding them a new lease of life once the exhibition has ended.

Jacob Borstlap of Bernotat & Co explains, ‘We didn’t want all the exhibited objects to be seen at a glance, but rather that when you walk through the space, there is always something to discover.’ A tour around the modernist, Lau Peters-designed venue reveals a well-rounded selection that paints a diverse picture of current Dutch design.

Lensvelt is presenting ‘That Chairs’ by Richard Hutten and the entire range of Studio Job’s ‘Office’ series. Meanwhile, New Window is showing works by two designers interested in pattern: ‘A Sequence of Operations’ screen prints by Rogier Arents and ‘Moiré’ jewellery and lights by David Derksen. The show comes full circle with Marleen Kaptein’s (seemingly) delicate carbon fibre chair for Label/Wide, created in collaboration with the National Aerospace Laboratory.

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