Why, oh why, oh why, can’t the world go back to normal? I am in AGONY, tossing and turning in bed, wondering whether this year’s edition of OBJECT Rotterdam will actually happen. The latest news is that yes, it actually is. But then again, who would have thunk last year that we’d be sitting here in a total lockdown for more than a month now. So, I guess it’s anyone’s guess. Sigh. It’s all so depressing. On top of that, it’s Dry January and it’s raining cats and dogs. And don’t even get me started on Blue Monday, URGH. But then again, as Shirley MacLaine once sung…I got through all of last year and I’m heeeeeeeeeere!
Of course, it’s not 11 February 2022 yet (welp) and so for now, I’m going to leave you with the photos I took during last year’s edition. Hope you enjoy them!
UPDATE 13 JANUARY 2022: OBJECT Rotterdam has been postponed and will now be held from 19 – 22 May.
For an interview with OBJECT Rotterdam’s curator Anne van der Zwaag, click right here.
OBJECT Rotterdam 2021: A Look Back
This is the iconic HAKA building in the western part of Rotterdam – and 2021 was definitely, finally, absolutely the last time OBJECT Rotterdam was supposed to be held there. Until it wasn’t.
Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful? Curator Anne van der Zwaag was kind enough to strike a pose when I ran into her at OBJECT Rotterdam.
Adrianus Kundert had the best seat in the house – his caps were the first thing everyone saw as they entered the fair.
He didn’t sing Culture Club’s I’ll tumble 4 A for me as he turned his brand-new Tumblers for me, which was a bit of let down. That being said, Iwan Pol definitely made an impression on everyone who witnessed new compositions magically appear as he turned the frames. A surprisingly simple idea executed perfectly.
Wouldn’t you know it? It’s Kranen & Gille sitting on their new Isabella garden bench.
Kranen & Gille recently designed a beautiful new collection of carpets for Monasch by Best Wool. It’s called Elements and was almost based on the four elements until they convinced Monasch to go for something a little less clichéd. Top row: Night on Earth, Stretched Heat, Air on Strings. Poolside Gossip is the blue carpet underneath. Well done, gents!
How Diederik Schneemann managed to get his Essence chandelier from his nearby studio to the HAKA building is anyone’s guess – but let me tell you, I’m impressed!
I spent some time chatting with the designer of the Maria Chair by Van Vrienden. It’s so much fun to meet the designers in real life at OBJECT Rotterdam!
Didn’t see Arthur Etienne, I’m afraid and so I couldn’t ask him about his braided strings of plastic. Looks interesting, though!
More work by Ontwerpduo for Aptum Lighting. It was virtually impossible to catch the colors with my camera, which is why you’re better off checking out the beautiful Contour collection on their website.
With an incredibly cool name like Rollo de Courcy Bryant, you can basically design anything and it would still be hip and happening. Luckily for Rollo, he actually has talent. Lots of talent!
Oh look, it’s Simone Post! Fun fact: I interviewed her for my book once.
Some of Simone’s most recent work – pretty awesome if you ask me!
Is Pien Post related to Simone Post? I guess I’ll have to ask her next time I see her. For now, let me leave you with the photos of the work she showed at OBJECT Rotterdam 2021.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably heard that I started working for Catawiki a while ago as Category Lead Antiques. It’s a fantastic job, but it doesn’t mean that I’ve lost my love for contemporary design. These works by Jule Cats and Laura Schurink are classics in the making, if you ask me.
A deservedly very proud Inge Simonis posing next to her series of ceramic lamps.
When I was at OBJECT Rotterdam, I ran into Julien Rademaker. He’s the guy behind the erstwhile blog Gevonden of Marktplaats that should SO make a comeback but that’s another story. Anyway, Julien practically forced me to take a look at Wild Animals by Rop van Mierlo. I’m glad he did!
These beautiful glass cones were designed by the very talented allround nice guy Bas Kosters.
Fun fact: Boris van Berkum is happily married with the ex of my ex. It’s a small world after all! Boris and I share a fascination for everything Suriname – except he’s been there and I haven’t. Oh well.
Imagine having to say: ‘Hi, my name is Tara-Eva Kuijpers Wentink!‘ every time you introduce yourself. Such a mouthful! There’s no denying though her work is pretty amazing.
Kukka is a design studio I frankly hadn’t heard of before, but there you have it. They design textiles and patterns with a focus on experimental colors and materials. Love it!
Ever wonder where I got the cute bucket hat in my Instagram profile pic? Well, wonder no more! I bought it from Knitwear Lab when I was at OBJECT Rotterdam.
Let’s go out with a bang! These works by Sandra Keja Planken of Studio Noun were definitely, positively, totally, absolutely AWESOME. So there!