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christien meindertsma

After finishing the design academy eindhoven in 2003, christien meindertsma (1980) started her own design label flocks. With her projects "checked baggage" ( 2003), "urchin poufs" and "pig 05049" (2008) she made her break through in the international design field. These projects have been exhibited all over the world and part of her work is included in the permanent collection of the victoria & albert museum london, moma new york and textiel museum tilburg.

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t.e. 210Christien Meindertsma designed a permanent installation of linen pigeons for Texture, the museum of  flax in Kortrijk, Belgium. The installation is about the homing pigeons used for espionage during the First World War, some of which were captured and held in the building that is now the museum. Each pigeon is  filled with  flax seeds and covered in various kinds of natural Belgian linen.

One of the first prototypes of the pigeon was made in a blue chambray-like textile, and for some time Christien wished to make the pigeons in different shades but she never really found a textile that worked.

When she received the colour samples of Kvadrat Canvas 2 and made a test bird, the pattern worked very well with the woolen textile. Because the filling is just linseed, the shape comes entirely from the textile’s sturdiness and slight stretch. For Pigeon Service, birds are made in all the available shades of Kvadrat Canvas to create a three-dimensional colour card: small objects that individually demonstrate the quality of the textile and together show the whole range. There are enough birds in Pigeon Service that some can also wander off and sit in other places...
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t.e. 185pigeon cushion

the pigeon cushion of christien meindertsma is a bigger version of the popular flax pigeons.
made of the fabric ‘tonus’ by Kvadrat and filled with texeler wool.
available in 5 different colors with a removable cover.
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t.e. 184 The oval hall of the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (The Netherlands) has 20 beautiful pear wood models of crystals on exhibition. In the period 1802-1804, the museum acquired over 600 wooden models to help determine the mineral samples in their collection. The wooden models were made to order by Rene Just Hauy and are known for their accurate proportions and angles. The French carpenters Pleuvin senior and junior and their apprentice Journy became real specialists during the production.
Rene Just Hauy (1743-1822) is founder of geometrical crystallography. It is said that he dropped a piece of mineral and, while he was cleaning up, he noticed the pieces showed very similar forms. He came up with an ingenious system of the crystal formation of minerals, constructed by standard particles he called molecules integrantes. In 1801 he published the Traite de Mineralogie, in which he described the construction and shape of 531 minerals, accompanied by a series of wooden models.
For this project, designer Christien Meindertsma selected 16 pear wood models that have been enlarged and made into a series of beech wood objects. Carpenters Jan Kuperus and Rienk Gardenier, who initiated this project, act as producer.  In addition to their ship’s carpentry and restoration work, they collaborated on Christien Meindertsma’s Flax-project (2009) and the Tree Track (2011).
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t.e. 183 The oval hall of the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (The Netherlands) has 20 beautiful pear wood models of crystals on exhibition. In the period 1802-1804, the museum acquired over 600 wooden models to help determine the mineral samples in their collection. The wooden models were made to order by Rene Just Hauy and are known for their accurate proportions and angles. The French carpenters Pleuvin senior and junior and their apprentice Journy became real specialists during the production. ?
Rene Just Hauy (1743-1822) is founder of geometrical crystallography. It is said that he dropped a piece of mineral and, while he was cleaning up, he noticed the pieces showed very similar forms. He came up with an ingenious system of the crystal formation of minerals, constructed by standard particles he called molecules integrantes. In 1801 he published the Traite de Mineralogie, in which he described the construction and shape of 531 minerals, accompanied by a series of wooden models. ?
For this project, designer Christien Meindertsma selected 16 pear wood models that have been enlarged and made into a series of beech wood objects. Carpenters Jan Kuperus and Rienk Gardenier, who initiated this project, act as producer  In addition to their ship’s carpentry and restoration work, they collaborated on Christien Meindertsma’s Flax-project (2009) and the Tree Track (2011).

numbered edition of 3 complete sets
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t.e. 165book: bottom ash observatory


In her encyclopedic book Bottom Ash Observatory, Christien Meindertsma takes the reader on a 160-page expedition through a bucket filled with 25 kilos of bottom ash, showing the astounding richness and value of this material. The contents of this "golden bucket" are the residue of 100 kilos of incinerated household and industrial waste: the “waste of waste.” By sieving, drying, laser-analyzing and separating tens of thousands of pieces by hand, Meindertsma succeeded in extracting numerous materials. She melted down the 12 most valuable materials – including zinc, aluminum, and silver – to pure cylinders, creating a line chard showing the richness of the bottom ash.The process of adding value to waste by separating it is rapidly innovating, and Meinderstma illustrates where this rich urban ore deposit can lead us.
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t.e. 164art prints

6 designs, numbered and signed edition of 100

99 x 69 cm
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t.e. 163 pigeon service

Christien Meindertsma designed a permanent installation for Texture Flax Museum (Kortrijk, BE) in 2014.
The installation consists of 200 pigeons spread across the building.
Her inspiration came from the traveling and espionage pigeons that were locked into the building of the Linen Thread Company – which today is Museum Texture – during the First World War.
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t.e. 119oak inside

rug, coloured with natural dyes
Ø 125 cm x 5h cm
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cupboard
120 x 40 x 192 h cm
tannin blue
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tea table
Ø 85 x 55 - 73 h cm
decoration tannin blue
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cabinet
80 x 40 x 113 h cm
tannin blue
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roosje stepladder
58 x 50 x 65 h cm
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chest, birch
82 x 44 x 30 h
coloured with rose leaves
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roosje chair
40 x 40 x 90 cm h
woolen seat natural coloured
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spice mill, salt
10 x 10 x 50 cm
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spice mill, pepper
10 x 10 x 50 cm
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t.e. 091texelaar collection

ottoman, 500 meter

Ø 48 x h 45 cm
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aran rug large

230 x 320 cm
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aran rug small

170 x 230 cm
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t.e. 082flax table cloth

100% linen
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t.e. 081flax napkins

100% linen
53 x 58 cm
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t.e. 080flax  tea towel

100% linen
65 x 70 cm
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t.e. 079flax ottoman, 140 meter
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t.e. 078flax rug, 110 meter
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t.e. 069 urchin pouf large

100% wool from new zealand, handknitted in the netherlands  
Ø 110 x h 52,5 cm
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t.e. 068 urchin pouf medium

100% wool from new zealand, handknitted in the netherlands
Ø 85 x h 40 cm 
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t.e. 067 urchin pouf small 100% wool from new zealand, handknitted in the netherlands
Ø 55 x h 27,5 cm
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