AvM uses a divers pallet to search for the position of artisanal skills in the modern day world. “We strive towards minimalism and simplicity; it’s a search for timelessness”. Through several objects AvM tells a story using material as a medium, and makes history tangible.
was a search for the maximum capacity of artisanal skills. An ode to Dutch and Japanese crafts- manship. A search for timeles- sness, a design that inspires for a long time of usage over several generations.
T#01 holds itself together, without glue, screws or other additives. T#01 can grow/shrink per m2. This means that this can be your first table in a dorm room and that it can grow to five metres long family table where you, in the years to come, sit down with children and grandchildren.
A table for life.
is not only physically light by its use of materials but also visually by its open structure. In its de- tailing it uses old techniques and materials that are known from making horse saddles.
The location of the studio offered AvM the inspiration for this use of materials. In 2001 there came an unexpected end of at least 7 cen- turies of cattle trade in Zwolle.
CH#01 is not only a tribute to the ancient craft but also a to the centuries old history of Zwolle.
During the Salone AvM will debute CH#01.1 a version printed from an organic material.
The Hanseatic League was official- ly founded in 1358 and has a rich history. Hanzeware is a new insight into one of the oldest institutions of Europe.
It was a search for a simple formal language, crockery as a symbol for the passing of goods. It creates an intimate form of space between two bodies during the passing. The glaze, made from locally mined sand, varies per item. But below it is the same porcelain. Just as people differ from the outside, but on the inside we are all the same. This is what needs to be discussed and celebrated. Being united and connected despite our differences.
Robert van Middendorp founded Atelier van Middendorp in 2014 after getting his masters degree in In_architecture at ArtEZ University of the arts in Zwolle. Robert van Middendorp (1987) puts great value on experiencing the entire process of creation himself. “This is what is required of me as a designer, to get the hang of it, design doesn’t only come from the head, but from the hands as well”.
Robert completed internships at various masters of different disciplines in order to expand his skill set and to hone his craft. He continues to sharpen the knowledge he accumulated during this period, as well as striving to always learn new crafts to stay ahead of the industry. However, his dedication to mastering age-old crafts, created a body of work that has a clear link to tradition. The various techniques he uses often comingle and cross borders and disciplines that create a fusion of creation.
Robert’s work embodies a search for the aura of the maker. Robert often delves into previously unexplored areas of design where he drinks in the knowledge he acquires to implement innovatively in his own work. This passion for new knowledge and the blending of different disciplines results in a refined sense of materiality and technique. The sheer time and artisanal research that Robert pours into a project always ensures a product where the physical and the spiritual meet. Despite the vast amount of disciplines and techniques Robert implements in his work, his entire body of work remains grounded in a search for timelessness. The search for timelessness lends certain uniformity to his body of work. The search for timelessness in architecture, interior, and design is a search for a form of sustainability that transcends the concept.