Mattijs van Bergen (1980), known for his neoclassical designs with distinct colors and refined fabrics, studied at ArtEZ (Arnhem, The Netherlands) and has a masters degree at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College (London). In 2008 he launched his label MATTIJS. According to the British Vogue "One of the most promising young designers."
Craftsmanship and a sculptural use of pleating define Mattijs' collections.
Part of Mattijs van Bergen' collection 'Proserpina' is to be seen at Museum Het Grachtenhuis.
This vase, in the shape of a volcano, is made of pitch-black clay erupting in
brightly multi-coloured glaze lava flows. When in use, the flowers it contains
resemble smoke billowing out of its crater.
“I was inspired by the idea that the Golden Age was a period in Dutch history
of such great advancement in trade, science and art; the exhilarating energy of
living in a time when the world is being discovered and conquered.
For example, Italianised paintings from that period: clumsy Italian landscapes
and scenes made by painters who had never actually visited Italy but had
access to imported pictures. They remind me of Albrecht Dürer’s ‘Rhinoceros’.
Then there is the enthusiastic display of these advancements and their
personal benefits, the claiming of bragging rights for being cultured—or just
plain wealthy—by commissioning a lavish portrait or an intricate yet unpractical
object, to savour in private or to serve as a prop-based conversation opener
when callers came.
From these ideas came the image of a pitch-black volcano erupting in brightly
multi-coloured lava flows; a sophisticated but naive and embellished
representation of an awesome energy. When I started sketching, I saw that the
volcano could be a vase with flowers billowing out of its crater. I had never
worked with ceramics before and thought that such a design would be
inherently ceramic, because it seemed that adding heat to clay until it turns to
glass, is a process almost identical to volcanic eruption. To me, this work is an
image of eagerness and culmination, of vacuity and overabundance, of power
and ineptitude. I would request it to exclusively be used for dried bouquets of
the rare flowers found on Miyake-jima.”
Joris Landman (1975) works as an editorial and graphic designer, with a focus on digital media. He completed his Master of Arts at the Rietveld Academie in 1995 and currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Subjects include the emergence and storage of meaning through man-mad signs and signals.