In the summer of 2012 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen devoted an exhibition to the fabrics of the Dutch textile designer Frans Dijkmeijer. Dijkmeijer’s fabrics are used for furniture upholstery and interior decoration and are still very popular among international furniture designers. Designer Bertjan Pot (1975) supervised the fitting out of the exhibition, where the important design choices made by Frans Dijkmeijer were illustrated using material swatches, photos and video interviews.
The exhibition ‘Intervention #19 Frans Dijkmeijer - A Life in Weaving’ in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was originally planned for the autumn of 2011. Because of the death of Frans Dijkmeijer, the exhibition had been postponed and opened on 2 June 2012. Dijkmeijer can be considered a key figure within the European weaving industry.
Frans Dijkmeijer (1936-2011) is known for his timeless and original fabric designs. Dijkmeijer’s fabrics are used for furniture upholstery and interior decoration and are still very popular among international furniture designers. From 1966 to 1980, Dijkmeijer worked at De Ploeg weaving mill. Currently, his fabrics are produced by renowned companies such as
the Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat. In 2000, Frans Dijkmeijer was awarded the Profile Prize for his contribution to the textile industry.
Design in Boijmans
This exhibition was part of the ‘Design in Boijmans’ programme. Design was spotlighted during the summer of 2012 in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. With the renewed arrangement of the museum collection and several design exhibitions, in 2012 a lot of attention was paid to design in the museum.
The exhibition ‘Intervention #19 Frans Dijkmeijer - A Life in Weaving’, is sponsored by Kvadrat.