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solo exhibition yksi, eindhoven (nl)

May 12th - October 1st 2016
Yksi Expo
Torenallee 22-04 (Strijp-S)
5617 BD EINDHOVEN (NL)


Dirk Vander Kooij: Master of the new Craft

His design Endless Chair can be found in museums such as the MoMA in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Vitra Design Museum. Dirk Vander Kooij (1983) is regarded as a leading designer in the field of the use of new technology. Developing a 3D printer and press, he made a collection of unique products from chairs to lighting and tables to accessories such as coat hangers and vases.

patrick meis solo expo yksi eindhoven dirk vander kooij recylced robot printen

picture: Patrick Meis

Under the title '09 -'16 Yksi Expo shows an overview of the work of the 'Master of the new craft’ from May 12 to October 1.

During his studies at the Eindhoven Design Academy Dirk Vander Kooij came in contact with the 3D printing technology. "In old 3D machines you could still see the print lines. That is what I found beautiful." For his graduation (2009) he decided to blow up that effect and made it larger, so it became visible as an art. He designed a robot arm in order to extrude large objects such as furniture, a technique in which a deformable (usually heated) material is pressed through a die. He used entirely recycled materials.

patrick meis solo expo yksi eindhoven dirk vander kooij recylced robot printen

picture: Patrick Meis

This combination of traditional craft and modern digital robotic technology produces industrially manufactured unica, Vander Kooij got the Willie Wortel award for technical innovation. In 2011 he won the Dutch Design Award in the category 'Best free design’. In 2015, he took in a nomination for the same award. For several years, his studio housed at the Hembrugterrein in Zaandam.

On June 24, Dirk Vander Kooij holds a presentation on his work and his projects on the basis of a tour of the exhibition during a breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 pm. This lecture is organized in collaboration with Broeinest.

solo expo yksi patrick meis dirk vander kooij robotprinting recycled

solo expo yksi patrick meis dirk vander kooij robotprinting recycled

pictures: Patrick Meis


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