Witte de With and TENT. present Shared Space II, a spatial design on the 1st floor by Rotterdam based designer Sebastiaan Straatsma.
Shared Space is a long term collaboration project between Witte de With and TENT. in which designers from Rotterdam are invited to work on an overall concept for the space used by the two institutions. This in-between space on the 1st floor is used by visitors as well as by staff members of both art institutions. The project Shared Space is not only meant to be a design, but also a space in which visitors are allowed to touch objects. In contrast to other spaces in the building, sharing is not only meant to be visual but also tactile.
In 2008, Shared Space consisted of a king-size sofa and a outdoor mirror by Bertjan Pot accompanied by loud blue wall furniture, a plant container and a paper shredder by Frank Bruggeman.
The design made by Sebastiaan Straatsma will ‘wrap up' the 2009 Shared Space. In his vision for the space, Straatsma took seven vintage chairs as his point of departure. He designed a contemporary version of the bamboo hanging chairs of the seventies: the cushions are not as high and the chairs are transparent so that you can see through them. Both the chairs and the walls are painted blue so that the physical experience of swinging is visually extended.
Straatsma makes use of emotional experiences and disrupts the relationship between form and function. He added a rubber handmade layer to a famous Thonet chair, thus personalizing it. His series of monumental filigree vases with the humoristic title Dustcollectors, consist of lively braids of decorative motives that do not have any use value. In Straatsma's designs beauty, aesthetics and our affective relationship to the object are the most important criteria to experience the work
Sebastiaan Straatsma graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1999. He eventually started his own design studio.
Shared Space II, Sebastiaan Straatsma
Photo Kirsten de Graaf