I had first seen his work, a baroque-like radiator at the Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition “Rococo: the Continuing Curve, 1730-2008, and thought that it was unusual for a young designer to use the exuberant language of the Rococo; then came his Bone Chair, which Paola Antonelli chose for her seminal show “Design and the Elastic Mind” opened at MoMA in 2008, and I knew that Joris Laarman is an extraordinary talent. Next month, the Groninger Museum will open the first retrospective show of, which will coincide with the first publication about Joris Laarman Lab. Since 2004, when Laarman and his partner Anita Star founded Joris Laarman Lab, he has explored the prospects of design and high tech by research, experimentation, and groundbreaking technology. The Groninger Museum is the perfect museum to hold this show, not only for its policy to focus on the interface between design and art, but also for the many pieces that it has acquired from Laarman’s Lab, including the Bone Chaise, the Branch Bookshelf and the unique Digital Matter table series. On the occasion of this exhibition, Laarman will create a new sculpture using the printing technique deployed to make the Amsterdam bridge.
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