Design: Monumantel creation by Jeroen Verhoeven
Lectori Salutem Desk by Jeroen Verhoeven
Artist and designer Jeroen Verhoeven has created a polished steel desk using the profiles of two of his studio colleagues and computer aided design/ manufacturing. The Lectori Salutem desk, says Blain|Southern, Lectori Salutem is “a monumental creation made from highly-polished steel. While ostensibly a desk, its flowing contours and reflective surfaces play smoke and mirrors with the eye; from some aspects it looks like a machine, from others an object of hand-crafted beauty.”
“Like Verhoeven’s earlier Cinderella Table, 2005, which is now in the permanent collection of both the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the work combines highly skilled craftsmanship with complex industrial processes. One side of the desk seems to have been spliced in two, exp
osing the beauty of the engineering within.” When the work is viewed from certain angles, two silhouettes can be seen depicting Verhoeven’s twin brother Joep and Judith de Graauw – both are colleagues in Dutch design firm Demakersvan.
“Lectori Salutem thus tells the story of its own creation, allowing the viewer an insight into the physical construction of the work, as well as providing a highly personal link with its makers. Verhoeven sees this as an essential element of Demakersvan’s output: ‘We are storytellers, from fantasy to factory, from statement to product’.”
Photos: Peter Mallett, Bas Helbers