This exhibition of contemporary design focuses on the aspects of fantasy and fear. With riddles scribbled across the walls and mystical music playing as you enter, you already feel like you are re-living your youth but stepping into a magical world of fairytales. The exhibition showcases furniture, ceramics, lighting and statues with a common concept of story telling. The designers are mostly from the Netherlands, collectively presenting a new generation of international art.
The work show cased reveals a collection of historical allusion and conventions, which rekindle our memories of youth. the audience is immersed in a world of increased anxiety about the prospect of mortality, encouraging our fantasies and fears, through the decorative devices and objects that collectively relate to our childhood experiences. A piece which stood out for me, was the ‘Cinderella’ table by Julie Verhoeven 2005. For me this piece revoked the notion of art deco linear techniques. The tables structure was fascinating with the table appearing hollow and filled out in a various sections. The 18th century saw the rise of the novel, an improved way to communicate tales of various dimensions. This table is symbolic to a renaissance of this period; this time was often evoked later by writers and illustrators inspired by the ideas of fairytales.
Through awkward arrangement of structure and detail provoking fear, these young designers are leading the way in a revolutionary art movement.