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Of modern making

about the Kunstwerkstede De Coene and Knoll furniture

Commissioned by the Cultural Heritage Unit of the city of Antwerp [2002]

Direction and production of a series of videos

Direction and production of a series of videos for the exhibition ‘Van Moderne makelij’ (Of Modern making), about the Kunstwerkstede De Coene and Knoll furniture

Commissioned by the Cultural Heritage Unit of the city of Antwerp. Town Halls of Deurne and Merksem, Antwerp; Broelmuseum Kortrijk, 2002

Exhibition

The exhibition ‘Of Modern making,’ held in the Town Halls of Deurne and Merksem (districts of greater Antwerp) provided a birds-eye view of the history of the Kunstwerkstede De Coene. The interiors of both town halls were decorated by the Kunstwerkstede in the 1960s. At the time, the firm also made Knoll furniture, for which they had a license.

The exhibition put on show a variety of furniture made during by the firm in those years. The chairs have been spread throughout the rooms of the Merksem District House, creating a path through the interior.

Film

A series of films illustrated how De Coene furniture was made: with a love of craftsmanship, mutual respect between designers and furniture makers, within the possibilities and limitations of techniques and materials, and a balance between functionality and aesthetics.

At the right, the eye-witness account of Achilles Daelmn.

  1. Decoplan
  2. Barcelona chair
Colophon
Exhibition
Concept
  • Frank Herman, Cultural Heritage Unit of Antwerp
Design
  • Hendrik De Leeuw
Coordination
  • Steven Leman, Cultural Heritage Unit of Antwerp
Videos
Direction and production
  • Terenja van Dijk
Camera
  • Mary Hehuat
Sound
  • Boet Hehuat
Editing
  • Boet Hehuat and Terenja van Dijk
Eyewitness account
  • Achilles Daelman
Advisor
  • Frank Herman
Catalogue
Contributors
  • Mil De Kooning, Ronny De Meyer, Fredie Floré
Scholarly research
  • Fredie Floré, assisted by Rika Devos, Department of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Ghent
Editors
  • Mil De Kooning, Frank Herman
Design
  • Ronny De Meyer