’the products we consume every day and order online come from all over the world. because the industrial production chain now spreads across the globe, we do not know where things originate: how something is made, how much time and attention has been devoted to it and where it actually comes from.’
dutch artist and designer sander wassink has showcased ‘contrabande’, an exhibition displayed at the museum boijmans van beuningen in rotterdam until 26 february 2017. simultaneously, wassink has been part of dutch design week where he was a guest at the daily design talk show’s ‘create out loud #3 spirituality in design. the talk led the guests to discuss how a more spiritual approach to design can
help to shape the future in a more
ethical and economical way. ‘contrabande’ is yet another example of this approach to the creative practice. ander wassink’s creative practice is recognized for product deconstruction and revolves around the notions of history, memory and preservation. for ‘contrabande’, the exhibition traces back the history and process of chair by renowned dutch industrial designer W.H. gispen. wassink traveled to morocco to produce a remake of an original gispen chair using the available fabrication techniques. drawing influence from the exotic country, the results see techniques including interweaving and knotting employed to locallysourced materials. furthermore, with the help of local craftsmen in morocco, the vibrantly colored interpretation of the gispen chair was produced.
I love Sander s work, he´s great! Years before, he worked as a trainee at our Optimat office and it was obvious, that he s got great talent!