HEUSDEN AAN DE MAAS – From the 8th of April till the 7th of May 2012 Priveekollektie presents the first solo exhibition of Reinier Bosch in the Netherlands. After graduating from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 2007, Bosch immediately gained success as a designer and his work has been promoted by Priveekollektie at several prestigious international fairs since. Common materials lie at the basis of his work, in which he reinterprets and revaluates materials that we don’t give much thought in our daily life, like cardboard and garbage bags.
The exhibition in the heart of the small town of Heusden takes us on a little trip around the world. Entering a room full of colourful laundry you imagine being in sunny Italy, where the journey takes off. The reason: travelling experiences are a major inspiration to Reinier Bosch. Do not expect to see interpretations of attractions like the San Marco of the Taj Mahal, as the small moments from our everyday life play the leading part in his work. For example, he designed a series of puffs, based on garbage bags. Bosch: ‘When people get visitors, they usually don’t leave the trash in the living room. Still, I think it is a beautiful object. For example I can really enjoy watching plastic bags blowing in the wind. By using its form for a piece of furniture, you will look at it differently from now on.’
A stay in Venice was the starting point for a new series of light objects, called 'Venice', that will be shown for the first time during the solo exhibition. Both a visit to a traditional glass blower and walks through the city inspired the making of the light objects. Bosch: 'The laundry, hanging to dry in the open air, is gorgeous. It brightens up the city and you can see life in it.' Back home in the Netherlands the designer translated the idea of the coloured laundry in the light object 'Valet', in which the functionalities of a night table and a night lamp are combined. The sharp lines of the wooden chair are dressed with forms of coloured glass, as though abstract pieces of garment are hanging over the back. The light shining through reminds us of the sunlight on the Italian laundry. Also a wall--'] chandelier with coloured panels of glass, causing a play of colours and light, leads us into South European atmospheres. At the same time the lines and primary colours give a modern feel to the design, which almost seems to refer to the work of Mondrian or Malevich. The most direct reference to the laundry is perhaps the 'Panty Chandelier': a chandelier with forms of glass that remind us of brightly coloured underwear. Bosch, laughing: 'A party of panties!'
This is the first time for Bosch to work with glass. 'I always wanted to use glass; it is a dream come true. I prefer to work with elementary materials, like glass, ceramic and bronze.'One of the designs executed in bronze is the lamp 'Frozen Tear'. Contradictory, the inspiration for this piece was cardboard. During a trip through China Bosch noticed the beauty of cardboard boxes: 'I realized it has an international character, people use cardboard everywhere. At the same time, it does not have any value.'By taking the form of cardboard as a starting point and executing the designs in different materials, Bosch reintroduces the viewer to this versatile material. The 'Supple Bronze' carpet even combines the form of cardboard with the colour of bronze and the flexibility of rubber. 'The polishing of bronze gave a nice shimmering powder. I blended it with rubber to create a flexible bronze.' Bosch explains the tape--']like forms on the carpet: 'The tape forms a pattern, like the motives on Persian tapestries.' With this, the seemingly ordinary materials refer to a rich cultural background.
A trip to India inspired the series 'Exploded View'. Bosch: 'Being on the other side of the world, you might say the world is upside down.' And so is this cabinet, as it hangs from the ceiling instead of standing on the floor. But there is much more to this refined piece of furniture: it was inspired by the Indian way of life. Bosch: 'What I found fascinating about India is their way of producing objects. They actually went from ancient crafts to advanced technology, without experiencing an industrial revolution as an intermediate stage, like we did. That makes their approach different from ours.' Also the tradition of recycling, making full use of materials, was inspirational to the designer: 'If a suit is worn out, they strip it down and use the other side.'This aspect of dismantling is expressed in 'Exploded view', as it seems to show us a deconstructed cabinet that is put together in a new and unexpected way, almost literally offering an exploded view. One of the cabinets that will be shown is 'Worker', designed for the working (wo)man, who can put clothes in each of the five drawers: an outfit to wear for every day of the working week. 'Venice' will be shown form the 8th of April till the 7th of May 2012. Reinier Bosch will be present during the Preview at April 7 (by invitation only, 5-8 pm).