The work of Nynke Koster balances on the border between design and autonomous art. Her works that look like hand crafted artworks are actually rubber cast pieces of history.
When does an object become furniture, and when can furniture be seen as a work of art? And what are the consequences of this question of definitions on the interaction between object and spectator? Is to find the answers of these questions that Nynke creates synthetic casts of architectural fragments, spaces and bodies.
Nynke Koster is graduated from the Royal Academy of arts in The Hage (KABK) in 2013. After studying interior architecture she chose to devote her efforts to the combination of furniture design and visual art. “There is more freedom to grab there, to create works that are very close to yourself.” Her graduation project invold making casts of the building the academy is housed in. In 2014 she exhibited this collection, Coexist, during the Milan design week. She was awarded the D’SIGN award for lifestyle design in 2014 as well.
One of the most striking examples of koster’s work is her version of the Porta del Paradiso by Lorenzo Ghilberti (1378-1455). During the final years of her education at the Royal Academy for the arts in The Hague she became fascinated with this monumental entrancepiece, of which the academy owns a reproduction. The former director of the academy, Mr. Scheurleer. Koster collaborated with the finest mouldmaker of the Netherlands, Oscar Paanen, to create a rubber cast of the inverted gates of paradise. To realise this challenging project they use a technique for rubber casting developped by Paanen himself.
From this cast Koster created a stand-alone, horizontal and treadable reproduction. A piece of ‘furniture’ which simultaneously serves as a functional object and a new autonomous work of art. This approach allows her to re-appropiate the history of architecture, and to reconfigure the ornament to a physical, tangible presence in space. Her ambition is to use this technique to rediscover architectural history worldwide.
She is also creating playful rubber stools that take on the iconic shapes from the history of ornamentation.