A chair made of cowhide, a stove of ceramic textile, an ‘emotional’ flower bouquet, the interior of a villa in the Swiss mountains, a visitors’ shed for a museum … these are only a few out of the many products and projects undertaken by the designers duo Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe. They are conspicuous by their diversity: from product and interior design to mini-architecture and the lay-out of exhibitions.
For the first time a retrospective exhibition is organised of the entire oeuvre by Niels van Eijk (1970) and Miriam van der Lubbe (1972). It is no mere accident that this will take place in the Textile Museum, Tilburg. The museum has been following the development of these two designers with the greatest of interest. It has acquired several of their products in its collection, quite a number of these having been produced in the museum’s Textile Lab.
More than ten years ago, after graduating at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the designers started their own studio. Since 2000 they have had a joint atelier in Geldrop, their town of residence. They work with a team of freelancers and trainees. Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe each design work both under their own names and under the name of their studio. Larger projects are developed by both of them together. But also in the case of individual designs there is always the critical eye of the partner. By now their work has been included in museum collections both in the Netherlands and in America, England and Korea. They work for international clients such as Rosenthal, Droog Design, Habitat, Royal Leerdam, Moooi, Friedman Gallery (New York), Premsela Dutch Platform for Design and Fashion and the Audax Textile Museum Tilburg. Their work is shown in exhibitions all over the world.
The exhibition will be open until 11 October, 2009.