Imaginings | Dutch Design by Kiki van Eijk

26 September 2020 till 12 September 2021

Step into the wondrous world of Kiki van Eijk. The Dutch designer is known for her fantastical designs: from whimsical clocks to wall hangings for Google and poetic window displays for the French house Hermès. With set designer Theun Mosk, she creates an exhibition in the TextielMuseum that appeals to multiple senses.

Visitors in the ‘Memories’ area of the exhibition, photo: Willeke Machiels

Van Eijk has been making her mark on Dutch Design for 20 years. To celebrate two decades of her contribution to this internationally acclaimed design aesthetic, the TextielMuseum presents highlights from her oeuvre in a unique way. For the exhibition, Van Eijk collaborates with set and spatial designer Theun Mosk, who is known for his eye-catching designs for theatre productions as well as his independent installations. Together, they challenge you to playfully discover Van Eijk’s designs. Take a look in a large diorama that showcases her tablecloth and tableware, zoom in on the designer’s sketches with special camera’s, or see objects appear in the lighting while moving around. Shape your own journey of wonder throughout the exhibition and marvel at the poetic work of Kiki van Eijk.

Looking into the large diorama, photo: Willeke Machiels

Fantastical design

The exhibition shows the breadth of Van Eijk’s talent: from colourful wall hangings and luxury textile objects to furniture, clocks and lamps. The departure point for all her work is a lively curiosity that sees her experiment with different materials and production methods including glass, ceramics, bronze and textiles. This versatility results in fantastical and quirky designs that cast a fresh light on everyday objects. Her interest in materials and techniques regularly brought her to the TextielMuseum, where craftsmanship, experimentation and the creative process take centre stage. Many of Van Eijk’s textile works were made in the TextielLab, the museum’s specialised workshop.

Kiki van Eijk and Theun Mosk invite visitors to discover the designer’s work in a way that appeals to multiple senses.

From Eindhoven to Coachella

Van Eijk graduated cum laude in 2000 from the renowned Design Academy Eindhoven. Her work has since been featured in museums, galleries and design fairs worldwide, from Milan and Paris to Tokyo and New York. In addition to her own collections, Van Eijk has designed for Studio Edelkoort, MOOOI, Saint-Louis and other prominent clients. More recently, she has developed an art installation for the forthcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the United States.

Zooming in on Kiki’s sketches, photo: Willeke Machiels

Tea towels for label ‘by TextielMuseum’

To coincide with the exhibition, the TextielMuseum is launching three exclusive tea towels for its label ‘by TextielMuseum’. Inspired by nature, Van Eijk created three vibrant designs that were produced in the TextielLab. The production process can be seen up close on the looms in the lab. The tea towels will be available following the exhibition opening in the TextielShop and via the web shop.

During the course of the exhibition, the TextielMuseum will also be organising various workshops and masterclasses inspired by Van Eijk’s working method. A book will also be released by nai010 publishers about the craftmanship of Kiki van Eijk entitled ‘Imaginings by Kiki van Eijk’. The publication will be available for purchase in the TextielShop and online at nai010.

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