Hosted by Designblok Prague and presented in the wonderful Ballroom of the Colloredo Mansfeld Palace, Tjep. has the pleasure and honour of presenting it’s latest body of work: Bronze Age.
Bronze Age comes from the same design roots as the much-acclaimed Recession Chair project.
“Bronze Age collection contains all hand-crafted pieces, using traditional skills that once underpinned our very survival, each piece a manually intensive work and formed from the material that represents the dawn of civilisation. For this project I wanted to create something totally opposite to the technology driven trends based on the emergence of new digital tools such as 3d printing. I like the idea that bronze is precious and is therefor implicitly sustainable, it is either preserved or remelted but never discarded, who knows maybe these pieces contain a couple of remelted ancient bronze swords!” Says Frank Tjepkema, lead designer and founder of Tjep.Alongside the new collection, Tjep. will be exhibiting other recent works such as Il Treno, and Tjep.’s unique jewelry line.
Tjep founder, Frank Tjepkema graduated cum laude from the Design Academy in Eindhoven in 1996. Frank’s graduation project on artificial nature drew immediate attention and was selected for the Droog Design collection. His relationship with Droog led to a succession of notable projects like the Do Break in 2000, the award-winning British Airways Executive Lounge at Heathrow in 2004 and the Chair of Textures presented during Art Basel Miami Beach 2006 (a Droog project in collaboration with gallery Friedman Benda).
“I seek to create a body of work that reflects contemporary society, the times we live in. These pieces can have a certain irony yet are created with love for the subject. My more engaged and artistic approach to design can be found in gallery pieces and in the Tjep.collection. Tjep.studio is aimed at working with a broad range of clients to create outstanding design projects infused with Tjep. soul.”
Written by Ana Gomes
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