Carte Blanche to Wieki Somers
Exhibition, mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The ‘carte blanche’ series invites a designer to conceive a solo exhibition, in which they create a specific display of their work. Active in the field of industrial design, Studio Wieki Somers is focused on providing an enlightened reading of the everyday environment. The studio’s oeuvre distinguishes itself by a sensitivity for materials, technological ingenuity, and fantasy. It works for a great variety of international manufacturers, museums, and galleries, and has established an intensive relationship with Galerie kreo in Paris. Studio Wieki Somers has received numerous awards and its objects are part of major collections, including MoMA in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the V&A Museum in London.
Studio Wieki Somers was founded in 2003 by two former graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven: Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg.
Working in furniture and industrial design, Studio Wieki Somers offers a unique, enlightened and even enchanting vision of the world and its traditions. While showing a particular interest in materials, their work stands out for its ingenuity and creativity. References to the culture of Japanese samurai and specific climatic events also lead Wieki Somers and Dylan van den Berg to consider today’s design not only as a mirror of our time but also as a field of experimentation. This allows them to question our daily rituals, as well as the specificities of our environments through out of the ordinary designs.
Since its opening in 2000, the mudac – Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts – has built up a reputation for having an inquisitive and incisive attitude to the things that shape our way of life, and has always sought to ask pertinent – and sometimes impertinent! – questions. This unique and bold approach is recognised throughout the world, with exhibitions staged from Paris to Seoul.