OBJECT Rotterdam

OBJECT Rotterdam is the fair for contemporary design and will be held during Art Rotterdam in the Netherlands Architecture Institute/The New Institute, situated in the Rotterdam Museumpark. OBJECT Rotterdam presents the most current developments in Dutch and international design. The fair is a platform for the latest limited editions and one-offs from well-known and upcoming designers working in different design disciplines and various materials. OBJECT Rotterdam is thé place where the cutting edge between design, crafts, fashion, architecture and art becomes evident and a must see for collectors, professionals and other design minded people. 

This edition presents the work of established designers such as Richard Hutten via Gallery Judy Straten and Tejo Remy, represented by the Industry Gallery from Washington. Industry Gallery is exhibiting the special Nijntje collection which Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen designed for the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. CeramicistMaaike Roozenburg is also introducing a collection in cooperation with a museum, the Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. Her series of crockery, based on historical examples, will be shown to the public for the first time during OBJECT. The jewelry designer Dinie Besems is also exhibiting a new project in which she takes part herself! The collaboration between the Dutch furniture company Pastoe and the photography duoScheltens&Abbenes is another first. At OBJECT they will exhibit the new centenary cupboard by Pastoe in combination with a limited edition of the photographers. The cooperation between Wandschappen and the designer Christien Meinderstma is equally unique. She designed a special book and project: the collected knitted work by Loes Veenstra from the 2e Carnissestraat in Rotterdam.

The multidisciplinary character of OBJECT Rotterdam is not the only striking aspect. There is also the number of young designers taking part in this edition of the fair, such as Studio rENs, Floris Hovers and Studio Zward, a combination of the jewelry designer Kirsten Spuybroek and the illustrator Jelmer Noordeman. In addition, there are works by Lina-Marie Koeppen and Roos Gomperts, who graduated last year from the Design Academy in Eindhoven and are both exhibiting a colorful series of product designs. Eefje Wijnings from Arnhem is presenting quite the opposite, fashion objects in black and white. The Rhode Island school of Art and Design, one of the leading design institutes in the United States is also represented at OBJECT. They are presenting themselves to the Dutch audience for the first time. Equally prestigious, the Amsterdam Sandberg Institute is participating in the fair again, and the Rietveld Academy is taking part for the first time with its jewelry department, as is the ABK Maastricht. In addition, design-related initiatives are also represented. “We Like Art Walls,” an extension of “We Like Art”, is exhibiting work by Maria Roosen, amongst others, and Zetel Foundation is selling ten unique chairs by leading young designers.

Once again, there is a subsidiary program at OBJECT Rotterdam, with an afternoon of lectures about crafts at 3 p.m. on Friday 8 February in the nearby Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum, on Friday evening adebate on design with the Dutch magazine Items and on Saturday 9 February a program for collectors who are starting out, by My first Design Collection.

Netherlands Architecture Institute (The New Institute), Museumpark 25, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Wednesday 6 February, 5 – 6 p.m., press preview by invitation
Wednesday 6 February, 6 – 10 p.m., opening party by invitation
Thursday 7 February, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday 8 February 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., evening opening
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Entrance 5 euros (10 euros including a visit to the NAi/TNI)