Designing the Surface – interviewing the makers

00:05:34 630 Het Nieuwe Instituut
The exhibition Designing the Surface is all about objects’ outermost layer. ‘When you think about the surface, a whole world opens up’, says curator Toon Koehorst. This video features interviews with the exhibition’s curators, designers and commissioned artists.


What determines a product’s appeal, function and identity? Increasingly it is the finish that designers employ not only to beautify a product, but also to strengthen, preserve or disguise it. The last layer can simulate ageing, form an impenetrable shell or function as a convincing imitation of craftsmanship.

About the exhibition

Designing the Surface, an exhibition where the final topcoat targets the senses, investigates a compendium of artefacts over five sets: lustre, patina, faux, teflon and agency. Surfaces are full of contradictions; declarations of falsehood and denials. Chairs lie. Dashboards deceive. Take a look into the transformation of products – trying to survive in the design world, where nothing is what is seems.


Video credits

Camera & montage: Marit Geluk

Concept and curator exhibition: Chris Kabel, Toon Koehorst, Jannetje in ’t Veld

Exhibition design: Monadnock

Concept exhibition copy and graphic design: OK-RM

Exhibition writers: Kate O’Brien, Jack Self

Mediapartner: Elle Decoration

Made possible by: Abledo100, Baars & Bloemhof, H&F Traders, Van der Kelen Instituut, Oliver Llievski,, Simona Spirovska, Street Customs

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