OUT OF THE ORDINARY
Studio Wieki Somers has been invited by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam to celebrate this occasion with a solo exhibition. The exhibition ’Out of the Ordinary’ offers a glimpse into the imaginative world of everyday objects that the studio has created in the past decade. The skillfully produced objects combine beauty and narrative with technical ingenuity. The series ‘Frozen in Time’ and ‘Mitate’ will be shown for the first time in the Netherlands. They will be brought together in a
textile installation supported by Kvadrat.
The series ‘Frozen in Time’ is inspired by the extreme weather that hit the Netherlands in the spring of 1987. Heavy rainfall, followed by a sudden cold snap, brought the country to a complete standstill and created extraordinary natural phenomena. The result is a series of household objects in which nature appears to be literally frozen in time. For the series ‘Mitate’ the studio took its inspiration from the seven virtues of the Samurai’s code of honour, the Bushido. The series consists of seven man-size lamps that combine traditional crafts with high-tech materials.
The exhibition will also see the festive launch of the first book on Studio Wieki Somers. Aside from the exhibition, there are several other of the studio’s works presented in the museum. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen has a strong focus on fashion and design, not only in its exhibitions and collections displays but also through its design commissions for spaces such as the espresso bar, the museum shop and the cloakroom. Since 2008 the Merry-Go-Round Coat Rack, a carrousel-shaped cloakroom by Studio Wieki Somers has been one of the eye-catching elements of the museum’s entrance area. It is used by more than 300,000 visitors per year. The museum’s collection includes several important designs by Studio Wieki Somers, including ‘Bathboat’, a
remarkable design that is part of the museum’s permanent display of its Design Collection.
The studio’s work is also feature in the exhibition ‘Design Art’ at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam from 13 September until 7 December, and in the exhibition ‘Sense Nonsense’ at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven held during Dutch Design Week from 18 October until 9 November.
Out of the Ordinary
11 October 2014 – 11 January 2015
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
3015 C X Rotterdam