Tessa Koot, House of Destructo

Eindhoven-based designer Tessa Koot presented her new collection, "House of Destructo", during the Ducth Design Week. Koot says she broke down "the walls of her own conventions and introversion as a maker" in order to achieve this series. Pieces of furniture and "objets d'art", as the designer puts it, are the result of a first-time & big scale collaboration with fellow makers and creatives. Koot incorporates materials such as marble, steel, and brass into her work.

Degeneration of Modernism? Tessa Koot, the Sorry Collection

Mart Stam, El Lissitzky and Gerrit Rietveld en route for Milan… If the Bauhaus and De Stijl members could come back to life today, would their work be considered relevent? The "Sorry Collection" by Tessa Koot, an installation of handcrafted furniture commisioned by Dutch entrepeneur Bob Hutten, gives us a few hints. The Dutch designer, whose freedom in process and concepts is pivotal to her designs, was "never really restricted by conventions of functionality and comfort. Koot looked to the modernist movements of the first half of the 20th century for inspiration and significance.
 Using new materials and techniques, unconcerned with the necessary know-how, resulted in a new form of risk taking as of yet not proven succesful in terms of sustaining the ravages of time… but hey!" Tessa Koot collaborated with photographer Lisa Klappe to stage her Sorry Collection, in a setting "loosely refering to the infamous execution of the 1937 Degenerate Art Exhibition", organized by the Nazis in order to rally public opinion against modernist artists. The Sorry Collection is on show at the Studio Paul Heijnen Exhibition 'KORTE METTEN' during the Milan Salone.

Tessa Koot has “Tropical dreams” of her own

This is a strange cocktail - think "Maarten Baas meets Miami Bling"... Tessa Koot, an Eindhoven-based designer, says she doesn't mind her Design-aesthetic resembling "an 80's haircut, very out and prout, but not all that resistant against the ravages of time". Organic shapes and angles, wood and marble, her "Tropical dreams" collection include seats, lamps, sculptured pieces. The uncanny She's a tiger cabinet displays a very Art deco bas-relief in the style of George-Laurent Saupique, whereas the Little slave girl dreaming, perched on the  dressing table, strangely echoes artifacts from the 1931 "Exposition coloniale internationale"... C'est un cocktail étrange, un mélange improbable de Maarten Baas mâtiné d'art déco bling-bling façon Miami... Tessa Koot, designer d'Eindhoven, déclare qu'elle ne voit pas d'inconvénient à ce que son esthétique soit comparée à une "coupe de cheveux des années 1980, affirmée et forte, mais pas du tout résistante aux ravages du temps." Des formes organiques et des angles, du bois ou du marbre, la collection "Tropical dreams" comprend chaise, tabouret, table, lampes, sculptures. Comme cet invraisemblable petit meuble de rangement (She's a tiger) arborant un bas-relief  Art deco dans le style de George-Laurent Saupique, ou sa Little slave girl dreaming, perchée sur une coiffeuse, qui nous semble une étrange réminiscence des oeuvres exposées au cours "l'Exposition coloniale internationale" de 1931...