According to the Dutch penchant to connect traditional aesthetics with modern issues the Zuiderzeemuseum in Enkhuizen showcases masterpieces and objects of an enormous historical variety – from old impressive Dutch paintings to the artistic objects of Victor & Rolf.
In 2009 the Zuiderzeemuseum invited the Eindhoven based designers Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters to design the interior for the information centre of the museum park.
The assignment included the design of all furniture. Referring to the outdoor museum park, an exhibition of authentic old premises of the maritime IJsselmeer area (the former Zuiderzee) the cabinets are made from oak wooden structures upholstered with sailing fabrics. The Zuiderzee Stool (Zuiderzeekruk) that was designed for the information centre has been produced by the museum and is for sale at the museum shop in the colors dark green, yellow and natural ash.
Here is what the designers explain:
“The Zuiderzee Stool is a design assigned by the Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen, The Netherlands. The stool is an element of the redesign of the information centre of the museum. When we started the project we visited the depots of the museum. In one of the storage units we found a small yellow stool that most probably was used for milking cattle. We wanted to use a stool for the information centre because it’s such a casual product in an interior; it can be left about and can easily be taken when a seat is needed. We’ve tried to redesign this stool into a more modern and usable version.”