June 27 - September 13, 2009
Stedelijk Museum, 's Hertogenbosch
Raw-Edges, Shay Alkalay
Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec
Fernando & Humberto Campana
Maarten De Ceulaer
Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien
Berber Soepboer / Michiel Schuurman
Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek
Sylvie Zijlmans & Hewald Jongenelis
Exhibition concept: Hanneke Kamphuis and Hedwig van Onna
Patterns and systems are what links the collection of work brought together for the exhibition Repeat Please currently on show at the Stedelijk Museum, 's-Hertogenbosch. The concept focuses on highlights from the worlds of art and design, with the striking choice of subject, the exuberant use of colour and the bewitching interplay of lines creating a spectacle that is highly sensory.
Repeat Please reveals the power of repeating forms, capable of infinite propagation; colour systems with no logical sequence; numerological counts that take unexpected turns; familiar techniques, forms and customs that are nevertheless modern and up-to-the-minute; and artisanal methods in a fresh guise.
The longlist comprises over 30 young, internationally respected talents, whose creativity lies in the shifting ground between fine and applied art. They include icons like Patricia Urquiola, Tord Boontje and the Bouroullec brothers, alongside relative newcomers such as Meryll Rogge, Julien Carretero, and Berber Soepboer. The selection takes in a variety of disciplines, ranging from furniture, interior and fashion design to photography, autonomous installations and light objects.
Repeat Please points to a new and playful formal idiom that exists beyond clearly defined boundaries, with silhouettes and outlines that can change and grow. There is a spectacular couch, the shape of which evolves during production. As the process continues, the mould gradually loses its sharpness, producing mouldings that are progressively softer and looser. By the time the final stage is reached, the couch seems almost melted. We find something similar in the seat formed from hexagonal cells, which open up into three-dimensional shapes suggestive of flowers.
There is also a succession of products that the user can customise: storage units constructed from stacking boxes or drawers that can be extended to varying heights. Flexible structures like this can shrink and grow, depending on the size of whatever it is they're storing.
Taking the idea further, there are pieces of furniture and monumental installations made using coloured wire, tape or folding textile elements in unpredictable patterns. By using the same technique, but with different emphases of material and colour, the work takes on its own identity and personality.
Fascinating sequences of photographs, meanwhile, show how people consciously choose a style of their own, but how those same choices of appearance and clothing also link them unconsciously to a like-minded group. The result is an absorbing dialogue between uniqueness and uniformity.
That tendency is also visible in fashion design, where unique accents
are possible within the boundaries of uniformity. Like the series of
dresses with graphic patterns, the elements of which can be
Together, these highlights create a new and irresistible world of line, rhythm and colour. Repeat Please!