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Shay Ben Efraim

Post Fossil

Excavating 21st Century Creation

January 27, 2011 –  April 30, 2011


Time has come for extreme change. Society is ready to break away from last century for good. To break with creative conventions, theoretic rules and stigmas that now are questioned, challenged and broken. To break with a materialistic mentality replacing it with the crafted materialization of modest earth-bound and recomposed matter.

Photo: Shay Ben Efraim

In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis in decades, a period of glamorous and streamlined design for design’s sake came to an end. A new generation of designers retrace their roots, refine their earth and research their history, sometimes going back to the beginning of time.

In this process, they form and formulate design around natural and sustainable materials, favoring timber, hide, pulp, fibre, earth and fire. Like contemporary cavemen, they reinvent shelter, redesign tools and man made machines, and conceptualize archaic rituals for a more modest, content and contained lifestyle. Like a Fred Flintstone of the future.

Lidewij Edelkoort | Exhibition Direct

Guus van Leeuwen, Domestic Animals


Marijn Van Der Poll | Atelier Van Lieshout | Jan Eric Visser | Bless | Pepe Heykoop | Boaz Cohen & Sayaka Yamamoto | Jo Meesters | Raw Edges (Shay Alkalay & Yael Mer) | Kolk Maarten & Guus Kusters | Julia Lohmann | Georg Panther | Willem Derrider | Els Woldhek | Niels Van Eijk |  Ferdinand Sebastiaan & Malou Verharen | Laura Lynn Jansen | Emiel Van Boekel | Mats theselius | Guus Van Leeuwen | Nikola Nikolov | Peter Marigold | Maria Roosen | Francisco Pinto | Tanja Saeter | Mathieu Le Guern | Max Lamb | Nacho Carbonell | Anthony Kleinepier |  Vincent Geraedts | Johannes Hemann | Djim Berger | Pieke Bergmans | Thomas Thwaites | Bas Warmoeskerken | Wieki Somers | Maarten Baas | Eric Klarenbeek | Bo Reudler | Dick Van Hoff | Joris Laarman | Arik Levy | William Cobbing | Studio Job | Henry Lawrence | Studio Libertiny |  Maaike Roozenburg | Lonny Van Ryswyck | Carolina Wilcke | Kiki Van Eijk | Anton beeke | Digna Kosse | Moa Lonn | Tal Gur Yuval | Shaul Shmuel Ben Shalom | Noam Dover | Raphael Navot | Studio Reddish | Shir Atar | Ori Yekutiel

A touring exhibition from 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT