Boijmans Van Beuningen 16.10.08

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words Anna Bates

An all-Dutch designer team of Jurgen Bey, Ted Noten, Wieki Somers, Bertjan Pot, Simon Heijdens and Frank Bruggeman has been unleashed on the new entrance of art and design museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Working under the name Haunting Dogs Full of Grace, the six mainly Rotterdam-based designers were each given a slice of the entrance to design.

Rather than behaving as interior designers, the six have taken a more conceptual approach. But it won’t be lost on visitors; the designers are more interested in visitors “experiencing” design, and have turned mundane situations like hanging your coat and buying a ticket into a process to enjoy, demonstrating how conceptual thinking can be integrated into everyday experiences.

In place of a cloakroom, Wieki Somers has designed a coat rack carousel, where visitors haul their coat up to the ceiling on a pulley. Hanging for all to see, the visitors’ jackets are given exhibit status. Ted Noten created a robotic ticket machine in the guise of a Chesterfield chair that hands out tickets in the form of bracelets.

Bertjan Pot has designed a glass-walled shop to encourage window-shopping, and Simon Heijdens has contributed an espresso bar that listens to you. The tabletops capture snippets of what visitors say, and the words are used to weave ornamental images, projected onto the walls and ceiling. The more the table is used and the more people say, the more the images grow.

Other areas that experienced the designers’ hands were the print room and depot, the education centre and the information desk. The full story and more images can be found in the next issue of icon.

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