Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
Klokgebouw 131
5617 AB Eindhoven
The Netherlands

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About

Maarten Kolk (1980) en Guus Kusters (1979) work together since 2009. They both graduated cum laude from the department Man and Leisure at Design Academy Eindhoven. They develop autonomous projects and work as exhibition designers and curators. The poetry they find in nature, history, color and landscape are the foundation of their work. They try to translate this into objects, material applications, exhibitions and innovative production methods.

Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters exhibited their work among others at Sotheby’s London, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, MU Eindhoven, Textielmuseum Tilburg, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam and Design Museum Holon and is acquired by several museums and private collectors. They have been commissioned by clients as PROOFFlab and Thomas Eyck.

Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters have received the Sanoma Jong Design Talent award and Doen|Materiaalprijs’11. In 2009 “Veldwerk” was nominated for Rotterdam designprijs. Since 2013 Maarten Kolk is a member of the design advisory committee of Creative Industries Fund NL and Guus Kusters is a tutor at Man and Leisure department of Design Academy Eindhoven.

PREVIEW Withering Tableware for t.e.

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Thomas Eyck presents:

"Withering Tableware"

by Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters.


visit us during salone del mobile, april 8-13 at spazio rossana orlandi.
via matteo bandello 14-16. open from 9 to 20:00 every day.

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Starting Something

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‘Starting Something’ is a dynamic and growing exhibition during the Beijing Design Week 2013 presented by the guest city of Amsterdam. The exhibition will start an active dialog between alumni from Sandberg Institute of Amsterdam, Dutch designers and students of CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) in Beijing.

'Starting Something' is curated and produced by Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters and directed by Jurgen Bey, director of Sandberg Institute.

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Exhibition design De Gezonde Mens

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From Saturday 21 September through Sunday 5 January, Het Nieuwe Instituut presents Designing Health, an exhibition on designing for health care, at the Designhuis in Eindhoven. Curated by Sabine Wildevuur, it shows how technology, innovation and design have influenced health care throughout history and what they are capable of contributing to it now and in the future. In Designing Health Het Nieuwe Instituut highlights the important role designers play in helping to keep and make people well.

Exhibition design: Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

Graphic design: Sandra Kassenaar

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NEWS The Seven Deadly Sins at Centraal Museum

Hieronymus Bosch inspires Jurgen Bey


14 September 2013 until 18 May 2014

This exhibition is a colourful collection of objects. It is comprised of objects from the Centraal Museum depot, together with a representative selection of work from Studio Makkink & Bey, as well as work by contemporary artists and designers. Studio Makkink & Bey combines them in modern takes of scenes of the famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch. The objects have sometimes quite literally been replaced, but more often an object is used that underlines or refers to the associative meaning.

 

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Design flexible exhibition furniture Textielmuseum

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Commissioned by Textielmuseum Tilburg

2012

Textielmuseum Tilburg commissioned us to design furniture for their exhibition space. The space would show exhibitions of the museum collection highlights and TextielLab highlights. The question was to design flexible furniture that they could use for the years to come. Next to the furniture we also designed the color pallet and a temporary format for the graphic design.

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Cloud Boxes for PROOFFlab

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Cloud Boxes (Small #1 and #2, Medium #1 and #2, Large)
Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
Commissioned by PROOFFlab
2013
 
Next week during the Salone del Mobile Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters will present the Cloud Boxes, a series of storage boxes commissioned by PROOFFlab. The five boxes made of semi-transparent latex are inspired by clouds.


9th – 14 th April 2013 | Emporio building in Opificio Courtyard | Via Tortona 31, Milan

Link to PROOFF

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Collection at Home

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Four years ago, in October 2008, we decided to merge our two design studio’s and continue working together. In these years we worked on building a collection that we’re proud of.


This year we’ve decided to spend Dutch Design Week at home and set up a selection of our work in our own house. We would kindly like to invite you to visit this private show and join us at the kitchen table for coffee with homemade cookies or fresh pasta with a glass of wine.

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Marine Snow

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Marine Snow
Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
Porcelain, cobalt, copper
edition of 7 + artist’s proof’s, medium and large
2012

‘Marine Snow’ is a series of medium and large porcelain plates based on the natural phenomenon that is found in the deep ocean. It’s a continuous shower of mostly organic matter including dead and dying plants and animals feeding organisms in the layers of the ocean that never see the daylight.

Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters created a series of porcelain plates inspired by this sad but beautiful part of nature. In their search of translating the beauty of water in designs and techniques the duo used the behaviour of the ocean to turn an imprint of cobalt and copper glaze into Marine Snow.

The plates will be presented at the solo show Stil Water (Still Water) at Christian Ouwens, Rotterdam. The show opens on the 29th of September 2012.

 

Link to video Marine Snow

Link to Christian Ouwens

Link to Waddenzee

Link to Eb

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Silent Fish

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Silent Fish

Grey mullet, cod, tub gurnard, black seabream

Newspaper, glass, acrylic

2012

 

Silent Fish is a continuous study that started during the Waddensea project. At a low tide, when the sea retrieves itself, washed ashore animals and plants appear on the muddy surface of the Waddensea coast. The fish that were once active and alive, have become static objects. “We find the limpness of the fish very poetic. It has a similar kind of gracefulness as a ballet but without making even one movement. This is what we’re trying to capture. For us it’s not a dead animal that we see, but it’s an object carrying a lot of emotion and poetry. And that’s just what makes it interesting for us as designers; capturing emotion and poetry and turning it into an object”

Patterns of a grey mullet, cod, tub gurnard and black seabream were made and reproduced in light weighted newspaper to remain nothing but shape. The fragile objects are presented in dark grey acrylic boxes and were shown at “Still Water” at Christian Ouwens, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and “Eb” at Kavan Ronsey, Brussels, Belgium.

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At work

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Zuiderzeekleuren

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Research for Zuiderzeekleuren (Colors of the Zuiderzee)

Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters

Commissioned by Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen

2012

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