Three designers in Utrecht and three designers in Portland have exchanged a slab of wood from a historical tree from their city. Each designer created a unique product from this urban wood which resembles the cultural history of the location this tree ones stood. The results are momentarily on display in a joint exhibition connecting cities, designers and a general audience.
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I am particularly interested in bringing the story of the artist behind the design. What makes them tick, how do they see the city they live in, how do they cope with issues of sustainability and what is their artistic take on each other.
31 August 2018
The Boys Fort in down town Portland will host the first exhibit of 6 of the 12 design objects in the USA. The other 6 will be exhibited simultaneously in Utrecht’s PUHA shop and later at the Damn Good Soap Store.
21 August 2018 Work in progress.
Merieke Werdler is busy working on two giant rings commemorating the friendship between the two cities.
Rob de Looff finished his musical boxes, they have been prepared and oiled and are left to dry.
25 July 2018
The wonderful PUHA shop in the centre of Utrecht will feature the first exhibit of our design exchange. Their window setting, designer hub and ambitions to combine design, art, business and sustainability makes them the right group to present this project at. We hope to let this exhibit travel through Utrecht shop windows, starting here.
01 June 2018
Both wood slabs have been exchanged and received to and from Utrecht and Portland. It’s great to see how all the makers respond with the same enthusiasm and amazement at seeing the particular shapes and lines portraying the history of our cities.