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Kiki van Eijk * work


Kiki van Eijk’s work has a very personal and emotional character. She loves stories. Her early sketches
could easily have served to illustrate the imaginative stories of Mary Poppins or Alice in
Wonderland. Kiki finds her inspiration in everyday beautiful objects and details, and becomes
a collector of them, mainly in her head. She doesn’t search for these objects; she just finds
them. She meets them, as it were. They have all been made with love and care. She hopes
people fall as much in love with her designs as she did when found the original objects.
Lately her design process has become more and more intuitive and she starts more and more
from a complete blanc canvas.

Her nostalgic approach combined with her poetic and personal style come to life in a wide
range of work like carpets, lighting, furniture, ceramics, glassware and luxurious textiles.

Hermès windows at Bijenkorf Amsterdam
Five exceptional windows created by Kiki van Eijk for Hermès at the Bijenkorf Amsterdam from 2nd  to 25th march  in 2012.
Photography: Frank Tielemans

 

Window 3: human centre of time

A woman is the middle of time; she’s pointing the time with an umbrella and twirl stick in her arms. She has 2 assistants dressed in Hermes Clothing wearing a mirrored clock instead of a human’s face.

 


 

Corner window: playfield of time
A knife pitcher is throwing clock hands at a huge clock. At the same time 3 moons are showing the time: London -Paris- -New york. All people are doing different trics!

 


 

2012 Floating Frames

 

Soft cabinet small
A cabinet with all the details and feelings of a soft drawer made of textile. The ‘Soft’ cabinet small is completely handmade. All the drawers are made of ceramics and the front of each drawer looks padded and buttoned! The handmade handles (buttons) have been glazed with real gold. Created in 2007

Soft candleholder
A new item in Kiki’s everlasting soft series! A candleholder with all the details and feelings of a soft lamp created in ceramics. Made in 2009

 



 

Zuiderzee Settings
The seven installations by Kiki van Eijk are based on the applied art collection of the Zuiderzee Museum and the history of the Zuiderzee. Kiki van Eijk paid several visits to the depot and stayed in the Museum Park for a brief period. She has designed new objects referring to everyday domestic customs and crafts. The furniture, the ceramics and the fabrics have been manufactured by the most reputable Dutch firms using traditional methods.

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Marc Quinn

Taher Chemirik * BSL

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