On view in the Indoor Museum of the Zuiderzee Museum in Enkhuizen: the jubilee exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck.
Thomas Eyck (Heerlen, 1964), producer of design, has for a decade been encouraging a new generation of designers to make modern household and art objects in co-operation with local traditional firms. Being a commissioner itself, the Zuiderzee Museum likewise aims to bring young designers into connection with traditional crafts. This way we both invest in the contemporary intermeshing of approved workmanship and the creative industry. With the exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck the Museum honours the vision and working method of Thomas Eyck, while looking ahead at the future of Dutch design with him and curator Jules van den Langenberg.
What is particularly characteristic of the work launched under Thomas Eyck's label are the workmanship and the creativity of designers and artisans. Eyck builds his collection by inviting one or two designers every year to make a series of products of a particular material. He selects the designers he works with on the basis of their handwriting, their signature style: “I feel it is essential that design, choice of material and production process are consistent from beginning to end and form one whole.”
On the occasion of this tenth anniversary, curator Jules van den Langenberg has compiled an exhibition about Eyck's oeuvre and method of working. From the collection – usually shortened to 't.e.-collection' – ten series of objects were selected. These ten are illustrative of the various forms of co-operation that Thomas Eyck has developed with designers and artisanal firms. The curator subsequently invited ten other designers, artists and architects to study these objects and place them in a new context. The exhibition 10 Years of Thomas Eyck shows new projects and installations based on the objects from the t.e.-collection. This has resulted in a miscellaneous retrospective positioning Thomas Eyck and his collection in an experimental fashion.
To introduce the ten installations in the Zuiderzee Museum, artists and film makers Lernert & Sander reflect on the artisanal companies Thomas Eyck worked with over the past ten years. In conjunction with these businesses, they made a film projector from porcelain, osier wood, oak wood, leather, flax, glass, tin, copper and paper –t.e.-materials – that projects its own birth recorded on 16 mm. film. This video, projected on the wall of the Zuiderzee Museum, shows the manufacturing process of the projector's parts in the various workshops.
Of the ten chapters that constitute the exhibition, the first was on view earlier at the Salone del Mobile 2016 in Milan. Here visual artist Wouter Paijmans exhibited a reflection on the interior pieces Oak Inside from the t.e.-collection, by designer Christien Meindertsma. During the Dutch Design Week artist Leon de Bruijne presented an installation with which he reflects on Porcelain Tableware from the t.e.-collection, by designer Aldo Bakker.