From September 28 through January 17, various designs by Dutch design artists will be on view at the first West Coast show of Carpenters Workshop Gallery in San Fransisco. In partnership with 836M Gallery, the ensemble exhibition will feature works by prominent American and European artists.
Sebastian Brajkovic expresses a series of constant contradictions in his work: between past and present;theory and practice; convention and innovation. The Lathe Lamp expresses a notion largely explored by the designer: movement. The symmetrical, rotated form turned out of aluminum on a CNC lathe lamp machine is a great example of Brajkovic’s advanced technique and sculptural approach.
Lathe Console, 2011 – Image Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Considered to be one of the most influential Dutch designers of the beginning of the 21st century, Maarten Baas if often described as an “author designer”, such that his works lie at the intersection of
art and design. His work is known to be rebellious, playful, intellectual, theatrical and artistic. He has gained an autonomous position in the design field, and his work varies from conceptual designs,
limited edition, production design, installation, public space, architecture, interior design, theater design and performances.
Grandfather Clock Self Portrait, 2015 – Image courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Born in the Netherlands in 1981 and a graduate of the renowned Design Academy in Eindhoven, Frederik Molenschot is part of the internationally acclaimed Dutch Design movement. Molenschot
founded Studio Molen in 2005 and has since been working with a group of specialized professionals in the fields of art and design. Known for his impressive bronze chandelier works inspired by futuristic nocturnal cityscapes, Molenschot has a deep understanding and appreciation of artificial and natural elements in our surroundings. The exhibition celebrates the designer’s Cosmos series of smaller works focused on the delicacy of the light shades used in his larger chandeliers. An exercise in skillful bronze patination, the darker encasement contrasts dramatically against the brilliance of the polished gold surface inside, lit by LED lights.
Studio Drift proposes a distinct mix of hi-tech and poetic imagery, a signature aesthetic of the Amsterdam-based design studio. Fragile Future 3.14 conveys emotion while simultaneously referring to the fact that light lies at the basis of all life. Every unique sculpture Studio Drift creates is designed to organically adapt to its specific context. Made with three-dimensional bronze electrical circuits connected to light emitting dandelions, the Fragile Future III collection can be seen as a critical utopian vision on the future of our planet, where two seemingly opposite evolutions have made a pact to survive.
Fragile Future 3.14, 2015 – Image Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery
The emblematic Eiffel Tower Lamp is a quintessential example of the peculiar creatures, hybrid forms and wacky objects Studio Job has championed. The Dutch/Belgian duo has invented a kitsch and
fanciful world where the object transcends functionality and affirms their self-styled ‘Neo-Gothic’ aesthetic. Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel created Studio Job in 2000 with the aim to create unique
contemporary design. Despite the humor in their work, Studio Job takes craftsmanship very seriously. There are no fewer than 25 artisans in their studio who combine traditional crafts with contemporary
techniques, like 3D printing, to create their repertoire. Studio Job has pieces in 40 museums globally, and has exhibited in countless shows in the world’s best gallery.
Eifel Tower Lamp, 2012 – Courtesy Image Carpenters Workshop Gallery