Latest Meindertsma completes the Design Derby

Bottom Ash Observatory, Christien Meindertsma and Mathijs Labadie, 2015.

Press release

Latest Meindertsma completes the Design Derby 
From a nineteenth-century jewellery box to 25 kilos of valuable waste
Wednesday 10 June 2015

‘Bottom Ash Observatory’ by the Rotterdam-based designer Christien Meindertsma (Utrecht, 1980) is on show for the first time in the Netherlands. The design project presented in Milan is the most recent work in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s Design Derby, and brings it right up to the present. From next weekend, after the royal kick-off, visitors to this exhibition will be able enjoy two hundred years of design from the Netherlands and Belgium. 
In the Design Derby visitors will learn about the design history of the Netherlands and Belgium, from the creation of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands up to the present. The best examples from the Netherlands and Belgium can be seen alongside and facing one another. The chronological route starts in 1815 with items that include a silver-gilt jewellery box owned by Princess Marianne of Orange, made by a Brussels silversmith. The timeline ends with Meindertsma’s analysis of 25 kilos of waste.
Valuable Waste
Meindertsma’s project ‘Bottom Ash Observatory’ involved long-term and extremely accurate research into what is left after household waste is incinerated. She manually separated and analysed 25 kilos of ‘bottom ash’ – the remnants of around 100 kilos of household waste – and found all kinds of materials, including valuable and recyclable metals such as aluminium, copper and silver. Meindertsma made an intimate presentation and, with photographer Mathijs Labadie, an unusual publication. The project was recently exhibited by Thomas Eyck in the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
‘Design Derby: Netherlands-Belgium (1815-2015)’ is made possible in part by main sponsor BankGiro Loterij and Fonds 21, Mondriaan Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, BesteBuren and Boijmans Business Club. Partners of the museum are Rotterdam Partners, Uitagenda Rotterdam, Gemeente Rotterdam and RET. The exhibition is part of the ‘BesteBuren’ (Best Neighbours) manifestation, celebrating 20 years of cultural collaboration between Holland and Flanders. When it closes in Rotterdam the exhibition will travel to Design Museum Gent (23 October 2015 until 13 March 2016)
The ‘Bottom Ash Observatory’ by Christien Meindertsma is made possible by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.