VIVID in collaboration with Arco presents:
Dutch furniture manufacturer Arco recently set up a workshop with designers from the London-based Okay Studio.
The workshop was a logical follow up to the Arco 12 project organised to mark company’s 100th anniversary back in 2005. In 2005 Arco asked 12 young Dutch designers to produce their own designs in response to its collection and the company. Several of the resulting designs were subsequently added to the Arco furniture collection, including the now famous Slim Table by Bertjan Pot. Arco 12 was a very successful project with positive outcomes and Arco has continued to draw on its intensive collaboration with a new generation of talented young designers.
After completing his studies at the Royal College of Art in London, Arco’s new director, Jorre van Ast (born 1980), was himself a member of Okay Studio for several years. “The designers are a group of friends who share a studio and often exhibit together. I knew them all as fellow students. So for me it was simply a logical next step to set up a workshop with them. Obviously I’m in a unique and unusual position, because I am both Arco and a member of the group.”
Ten of the Okay Studio designers were asked to consider Arco’s current production possibilities and to create prototypes in wood that was completely different from the products in the existing collection. These prtotypes of the Arco Okay workshop will be on show at the Galerie VIVID in Rotterdam from 8 May to 26 June.
are warmly invited to attend the opening on Sunday May 8, from 16:00 onwards.
Okay Studio exhibition at Galerie Vivid, Rotterdam
Wallpaper / Malaika Byng
Back in 2005, Dutch furniture manufacturer Arco invited 12 young designers to create a piece of furniture in response to its archives. The Arco 12 project proved a triumph, spawning the multi-award-winning Slim Table by Bertjan Pot among other pieces now in production, so it's no surprise that Arco should bring the format back for the next instalment. And with Okay Studio's Jorre van Ast now at the creative director helm, it seemed only natural that the London-based design collective should take up the challenge.
in a former piano factory in north east London, Okay Studio is something
of a creative hotbed. 'Even though the designers work independently, as
a group they really bring out the best in each other,' says van Ast. 'They
are all former fellow students, so setting up this workshop with them
was a logical step for me.'