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Co-evolution: Celebrating Kiki and Joost at NoordBrabants Museum

This weekend, Stylesight had the privilege of visiting the newly re-opened NoordBrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, where the beautiful Co-evolution exhibition celebrates the life and work partnership of design duo Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk.

Featuring 100 design pieces from both designers, it’s a stunning overview of their past twelve years. Graduates of the celebrated Dutch Design Academy Eindhoven, they have been working together since 2001 and set up their workshop and atelier in a stunning space located at the former Philips factory, known as Strijp-T, in Eindhoven.

The exhibition presents a stunning selection of 80 masterpieces illustrating the first 10 years of their career together. The products range from interiors pieces such as soft clocks, furniture and tapestry, to freely designed sculptures with no direct practical use. Kiki and Joost have very different design styles but the common denominator is their great respect and love of craftsmanship, as well as a fascination for archives and historical objects.

Co-evolution is a very inspiring exhibition that invites the visitor into the designers’ magical world, exploring their creative process, including first sketches and scale models. On display are well-known, iconic designs like the Sewing Box Cabinet, Textilesketch, Allotment, Cut and Paste, as well as The Poor Man’s Gold and Corroded – Candle Stick 3.

Co-evolution runs from May 25th to August 18th 2013 in ‘s-Hertogenbosch NoordBrabants Museum. – Gemma Riberti & Mona Dekker

All images courtesy of Mona Dekker

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