"Not only hollow" cabinet

by Dirk Vander Kooij

7.456 incl. tax

75 in stock


Dimension LxWxH (cm): 150x45x155
Open Editions Material : Oak wood, Plastic
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The “iced bubbles and oak” cabinet suspends solid wood in a low-resolution 3D printed shell. This pairing is autobiographical in nature: drawing upon Dutch designer Dirk van der Kooij’s background in carpentry and present-day explorations in synthetics.

The glass-like outer ring is the product of Dirk’s house-developed 3D printing robot. Reclaimed polycarbonate, ranging in origin from CDs to chocolate molds, is extruded into a single, molten thread–akin to the filament of standard 3D printing. As the robot draws upwards, the unlikely source material settles into crystalline hills and valleys.

Solid wood shelving grounds the form with a countering simplicity. As the oak appears to sink into its foamy casing, the plastic reveals impressive strength. Much like the struts and trusses of a bird’s hollow bones, the bubble pattern simultaneously lightens and reinforces the design.

The “iced bubbles and oak” unit displays synthetics and wood on a shared platform. In doing so, Dirk Vander Kooij honors the opposing materials equally. The embrace sees knots in wood echo pulsating printed strata: both, ultimately, are textures of growth.


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Weight 100 kg
Dimensions 170 × 60 × 170 cm
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About the designer

Dirk Vander Kooij

Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij (b. 1983) is best known for his playful extrusions of reclaimed synthetics. Holding the attitude of craftsman/inventor, Dirk marries machine and hand in the fostering of honest material expression. His time spent at the Design Academy Eindhoven fruited an ambitious endeavor: to apply low-resolution 3D printing in furniture production. The texture of this self-developed process has since become synonymous with his work. As a craftsman, he is attracted to the irrevocable histories and textures possessed by found content. As an inventor, he favors the simplicity of self-evident production.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.