Januari 18, 2019
Glorious Delft Blue – about showing off then and now
On Thursday, January 17, the exhibition Glorious Delft Blue was opened at Royal Delft; the only remaining factory of over 30 earthenware factories that were established in Delft in the 17th century. Glorious Delft Blue revolves entirely around the Golden Age; a period of grandeur and ‘showing off’. The Dutch Golden Age (17th century) is a period in which the Dutch, thanks to the VOC trade missions, got acquainted with beautiful new products like the Chinese pottery on which Delft Blue was inspired. But also, silk, spices and Persian carpets.
Flaunting was part of daily life in the Golden Age: the status of people was visible in homes, clothing and art. Wealthy families were portrayed in their most beautiful costumes and with their most valuable possessions. Delft Blue can be seen regularly in the paintings, as well as pearls, silk and Persian carpets.
In five themes – trade & new flavours, interior design, tulip mania, portraits and fashion – the exhibition establishes the relationship with flaunting in the Golden Age and contemporary design and trends. It delivers evidence that the Golden age is still very much alive today. Dutch furniture designer Ruben van Megen, among others, is influenced by the Golden Age. His dining table Café 6116 is exhibited. Café 6116 is inspired by and made from Persian carpets. Ruben uses used carpets to make table tops. The scars that remain visible are the evidence of its previous life. The use of the Persian carpet as a tablecloth dates from the Golden Age; the carpets were very exclusive, and it was a shame to put them on the floor where they would be smeared by muddy shoes. Aristocrats were often portrayed, showing off all that gave status, as with a Persian carpet. Among other things, these portraits inspired Ruben van Megen to the exhibited design.
The Glorious Delft Blue exhibition runs until June 30, 2019. Royal Delft is open 7 days a week, for current opening times and more information: www.royaldelft.com.
October 4, 2018
Exhibition Dutch Design Week 2018
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), from 20 to 28 October, we will present two new design concepts and four new products we have worked on in the past year. The work that is shown perfectly reflects our design philosophy; designing in multiple layers on the basis of stories and research.
The exhibition can be visited every day from 10.00 – 20.00 at the location of Piet Hein Eek. (Sunday 28 October to 18.00) Here, just like previous years, a selection of promising design is shown that Piet Hein Eek selected himself.
An impression of the products we will show:
The Cord Connection (study)
April 27, 2018
We have won an A’Design Award this week with our dining table Café 6116! The award comes at a special moment, namely just after the launch of new pieces that were added to the Café 6116 collection. The new furniture was presented last week during the Milan Design Week.
The 212-strong international jury of A’Design consists of professors, established designers, journalists and design experts. They assessed thousands of submissions from 56 countries. In June, the award ceremony will take place in the Italian city of Como.
March 28, 2018
During the Internationale Handwerkmesse in Munich, our dining table Café 6116 was rewarded with a Talente Award! The table was one of the pieces in the Talente exhibition which shows young talent die (<34 years old) and is organized by the German chamber of commerce. Talente received over 600 applications from 50 countries for the 2018-edition!
March 15, 2018
Salone del Mobile 2018
Ruben van Megen shows his collection Café 6116 during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. His show in the Dutch Pavilion ‘Masterly, the Dutch in Milano’ can be visited from 17 until April 22 in the 19th century Palazzo Francesco Turati in downtown Milan. Ruben will show a dining table with bronze frame and a coffee table in a setting, which recalls to the golden age of the Dutch Masters.
Ruben developed the bronze frame specifically for the show in Milano. This new frame fits the atmosphere of the Palazzo perfectly and connects seamlessly with the show, which is inspired on the golden age.
Also, in the gallery of Rossana Orlandi, a dining table with a steel frame and a coffee table will be shown, both from the collection Café 6116. We hope to meet you there!
October 19, 2017
The creation of a new furniture collection
At the moment, we are designing and protoyping a new collection. Name of the 4-piece collection will be ‘The Cord Connection’. To give a glimpse: the basic material will be straw rope; the rope which is uses to bind straw and hay together. Follow us on Instagram (ruben_van_megen) to see what happens in the next few months!
The collection will be launched during Salone del Mobile in 2018 in Milan.
April 3, 2017
Dining table Cafe 6116 from Ruben van Megen wins Red Dot for high quality design
The jury has reached its decision: After several days of assessing thousands of products from all over the world, Dining table Café 6116 received the distinction “Red Dot”. With Café 6116, Ruben van Megen has created an outstanding design that the expert committee for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 has recognised with the internationally sought-after seal of quality.
The significance of the international design competition, Red Dot Award: Product Design, with its headquarter in Essen, Germany is well established internationally. It was already more than 60 years ago that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. Since then, an expert team has been awarding the seal of quality for good design and innovation to the outstanding designs of the year.
The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists tested, discussed and assessed each individual product, awarding the Honourable Mention for a well-conceived detail solution, the Red Dot for high design quality and the Red Dot: Best of the Best for groundbreaking design. In total, the competition received more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries this year. Van Megen will receive his award personally on July 3 at the Red Dot gala in Essen.
Participation Masterly – the Dutch in Milano
Ruben van Megen is invited to represent the Netherlands in Milano during Salone del Mobile in April 2017. The collection will be part of the exhibition Masterly- the Dutch in Milano. The exhibition is organised by Uniquole, together with the Dutch embassy, the consulaat General in Milano and the Milanese Chamber of commerce.
New collection Cafe 6116
In September 2016 Ruben presents his new collection ‘Café 6116′.
The collection is inspired on and made with Persian carpets. The carpets are processed into table tops and tiles. The collection touches on the nostalgia of the sixties, when the Persian carpets were part of the interiors of many cafés. This collection is also an ambassador of the “circular economy” because of its reuse of materials.
The worn out quality of the carpet tells a story. It is easy to imagine these carpets lying in the hallway of your great-aunt.
The collection contains a dining table, coffee table and floor tiles. A coffee table, also to be used as a stool, is part of the collection as well. The coffee table/stool is inspired on a washing tub.