Studio Mieke Meijer have previously exhibited their standalone works in the Christian Ouwens gallery, and so it is fitting that one of their pieces should find permanent residence in the gallery — part of the furniture as it were. The staircase, made from oak and steel, spans a mezzanine floor at the gallery while also providing display space to the street-facing window.
This complex staircase and display shelf was inspired by the black and white photography of industrial sites across the USA by Bernd and Hilla Becher. Strangely utilitarian features from the factories emanates across this vast disparity of scale to present useful compartments in this furniture piece.
The Bechers are renowned for their systematic black and white photo series of industrial buildings that closely resemble each other in function and design. Following her own interpretation, Studio Mieke Meijer reconstructs and rescales the spatial imagery of these buildings into functional installations. The design of Industrial Landscape 01 was inspired by images of old quarry terrains where the landscape is dominated by the industrial installations build against the quarries’ slopes.Studio Mieke Meijer
We’ve featured one of Mieke Meijer’s designs in the past: The Industrial Gravel Plant Desk Series. Again, the composition of this piece of furniture design was based on a factory photographed by the Bechers, which in this case was a gravel plant.
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