The euro currency consists of various coins as well as seven banknotes, each note depicting a different bridge. The images are meant to symbolize the close cooperation and communication between countries within the European Union, but also between Europe and the rest of the world. However, you might be surprised to find out these bridges are purely fictional- they don’t exist anywhere in Europe! That is, until I decided to do something about it in 2015. You can now find each of the seven different bridges standing in a row near ‘Het Land’ in Spijkenisse.
Concept / design: 2015 | Photo's: Patrick Sijben
ZARA X ROTGANZEN
To celebrate this year’s Fashion Week, Zara invited us to collaborate with them and design the window displays for three of their flagship stores in London, Milan, and Paris.
In conjunction with Mario Sorenti’s ‘Disco Forest’ fashion shoot, we produced a special series of our famous Quelle Fête disco balls. This was the first time Zara has ever invited a third party to collaborate with them on their window designs.
In addition, an extended Quelle Fête installation was created for a new Zara location in Tokyo, and included a series of videos produced in close collaboration with photographer Pim Top.
We were asked to design a site-specific artwork for the new CIC offices in Rotterdam. The results were twelve colorful mirror installations reflecting the different aspects of entrepreneurship. Besides being both a literal and figurative reflection of the latter, the murals also have a practical function as visual landmarks throughout the building, helping people find their way around the office.
The Willem de Kooning Academy for the Arts challenged us to design and produce an exhibition for their ‘Best of the Graduates’ show at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven- in just a matter of weeks. Accepting the challenge, we created a 30-meter long exhibition called ROT-TER-DAM. The corridor, lined by 30 colorful Rotterdam flags, served as a festive, propaganda-like exhibition space for twelve of the best graduation projects.
Picture this: it’s the end of a wild party, and the guests have left behind a plastic party gazebo with its poles half-broken and barely standing up straight. This sad scenario is captured and frozen in time by Party- an art installation consisting of a series of steel objects. The styling and colorful material add a cheerful touch, but the sense of abandonment remains present.