Academy exhibition 1997
Academy exhibition and graduation of my experimental post graduate year interior architecture at CHK Constantijn Huygens (art academy) in Kampen, 1997.
This year had an overall theme: nursing homes. I took the liberty to slightly bend the assignments; instead of designing solutions for the inhabitants of nursing homes, I designed furniture that needs care itself, because it has typical human illnesses and disabilities, both physical and mental.
I designed several pieces of furniture in which I translated my view on the main characteristics of a certain illness or disability. The ones I actually produced are Dementiestoel and Dwarsleasietafel, the rest remain no more than a crude sketch.
I noticed that this furniture seems to have the ability to create some degree of awareness, because it forces the observer to take a fresh look at the implications of a specific illness or disability.
I presented this furniture and a large (A0) drawing of all the designs, in a space defined by a suspended curtain rail. I recently learned that this drawing is still on display somewhere in the art academy to this day.