centre for design presents:
27 November 2005 – 15 January 2006
Somers belongs to the second generation of Dutch designers who have gained
international recognition for their products. Whereas Dutch design for
many years was focussed primarily on the power of concepts, this generation
is at least aware of the necessity and importance of aesthetics as well.
VIVID therefor gladly shows a first overview of Somers’ work.
THE HEART TO THE HEAD TO THE HANDS
Wieki Somers’ work is characterized by an obvious love for material and context. Usually she starts with crystal clear concepts but in the execution of her ideas she is not easily satisfied. Each one of her products testifies of a time- and labour consuming production-process. Whether the medium is an old craft like ceramics and glassblowing or a high tech modern technique, Somers explores the boundaries and exploits all possibilities to the fullest. Function, content and a love for materials are strongly related. Clear ideas have bonded with fragile aesthetics. “People demonstrate their character in dealing with the objects that surround them on a daily basis. Likewise materials show their beauty when confronted with water, air and fire; the soap-bells, the heat of the glass, the solidified foam, the memory of the metal and transparency of the porcelain.”
On each level stories and meanings are important, but never as a final truth. As stories might have open endings, Somers offers the users of her products a freedom to finish the stories she has started. In this process the individual experience of the user is most important, as not only her products illustrate but also the whole installation in VIVID. “Within the abundance of consumer items, I hope this selection products is worthwhile to be cherished by the users and will challenge their imagination. What I rather do, is dreaming about the things around me, what they are and what they might be. I translate my ideas into daily, functional objects and thereby try to make people aware of their surroundings.”
Text: Louise Schouwenberg