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Furniture. Fabrics. Home-accessories. Arts.
The Frozen Fountain is a shop that sells contemporary furniture and home accessories. The Frozen Fountain maintains close contact with designers emerging from the various art academies both in the Netherlands and abroad. The result is a highly dynamic collection.
The collection is then made complete by a selection of international furniture brands, creating an interesting interplay of classics and designs by contemporary designers.
In addition, The Frozen Fountain has organised many exhibitions. With these exhibitions, we strive to visualise the symbiosis between idea and end product.
The emphasis has now shifted more onto installations and art commissions. Installations can be organised relatively quickly, allowing us to respond better to the latest developments. In addition, issuing art commissions allows us to investigate a particular subject in greater depth.
Start, 16 May 1985.
The Frozen Fountain started out on 16 May 1985 in the Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam. Founder Dick Dankers had the idea of bringing designers and craftspeople together to present the most original collection possible. A particular area of specialisation grew up in the area of lacquerwork. At least twelve layers were applied to achieve a really smooth finish. Old, unique furniture was also restored and given a new colour using this lacquer technique.
Relocation and a nes start, 18 September 1992
In 1992, a new company was launched. Cok de Rooy entered into a partnership with Dick Dankers and together they launched a new Frozen Fountain at number 629 on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal. The new shop offered lots more space: no less than 625 square metres.
The craft aspect now took a back seat as the focus shifted onto design. Cok de Rooy’s contacts with a range of art academies was a major benefit in this respect, as well as the fact that – unlike many other countries – the Netherlands has a very strong tradition in the area of designers who also produce themselves.
This way of working creates an extremely attractive hotbed of talent, with new products streaming in from all sides – including some unexpected quarters. The furniture collection was combined with one-off items or limited-edition series by the likes of designers Piet Hein Eek, Jurgen Bey, Marcel Wanders, Ineke Hans, Hella Jongerius of Studio Job. This is now complemented by displays of the work of talented young photographers alongside established names such as Teun Hocks, Jannes Linders, Anton Corbijn and Inez van Lamsweerde. In other parts of the shop, you can find rug designs by Claudy Jongstra or ceramics by Vika Mitrichenka..
Our permanent furniture collection consists of the ‘big’ names such as Zanotta, Cappellini, Ligne Roset, Moroso and Vitra. As far as lighting is concerned, we have Flos, Artemide, Tom Dixon or Metalarte, to name just a few. And in the area of home textiles we have Creation Baumann and Elitis, Cole & Son & Kristjana S. Williams for example. This collection is the core, around which the shop is organised.
Made-to-measure and commissioned artwork
Our many contacts with creative talents allow us to supply made-to-measure products of the highest quality. From a colour scheme for a company to a hairdressing station by designer Piet Hein Eek or a rug by Claudy Jongstra. The artworks we commission serve to illustrate this.
For example, our art commission to sculptor Marc Ruygrok served as the model for a commission by Amsterdam’s Beurs van Berlage building (a new bar in the restaurant) . And the art commission we issued to Studio Job – a wall unit – was the model for a bronze table Job designed for a private customer.
Piet Hein Eek
Piet Hein Eek is a phenomenon. His designs follow seamlessly in the tradition of typically Dutch designers such as J.J.P. Oud, Rietveld or Penaat. He is a phenomenal design engineer, and this enables him to create a clear design aesthetic.
THis original choice of materials is also immediately recognisable, such as scrap wood, surplus aluminium, old doors and window frames. In spite of his unorthodox way of working, he has now set up a factory producing furniture in limited series. Everything can be modified or made-to-measure. This is what makes Piet Hein Eek one of our most important suppliers.
Claudy Jongstra Claudy Jongstra specialises in felt. Her work is exceptional and has already been included in countless exhibitions in the Netherlands and abroad. Various Dutch museums have her work in their collections, and outside of the Netherlands, her work can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in Moma in New York.
Claudy’s fabrics are partly primitive and partly magical. Some of these fabrics resemble shaggy bison hides; others are fragile, transparent nets with soft felt flakes on silk chiffon or organza.
Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum
Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum is the oldest company in the Netherlands (since 1594). In addition, it is one of the most renowned ceramics companies in Europe, famous for its large collection of hand-painted earthenware and tiles. However, Tichelaar also works with talented young designers such as Hella Jongerius, Marcel Wanders and Jurgen Bey. This is why the Frozen Fountain carries the entire Tichelaar collection, with the emphasis on the work of these designers.
Nederlands Textiel Museum
Het Nederlands Textielmuseum in Tilburg has a long tradition of granting art commissions to designers and artists. These commissions are then realised using the machines present in the museum. Naturally, this results in extremely limited production of extremely high-quality items. The Frozen Fountain has an exclusive cooperation with the museum, meaning we are able to offer a unique collection of, for example, damask woven table linen and tea towels. Designed by the likes of Guido Geelen, Marc Mulders, Henk Schiffmacher, Hella Jongerius, Marcel Wanders, Studio Job, etc. The Frozen Fountain recently invited various designers to create designs for shawls, which were then printed by the Museum.
Exhibitions, installations and art commissions
These activities have been received with great enthusiasm by the public, giving them a perfect insight into what’s available and giving the designers a perfect showcase for their latest products.
18/09/’92 Opening exhibition featuring painter Peter Klashorst and glass objects from France. These glass objects were one-offs – designs by the likes of Garouste & Bonetti, Christian Duc, Yamo and Pascal Mourgue.
19/03/’93 Exhibition Albert Geertjes and Gerda Edens. Albert Geertjes’ work could be called baroque. Implemented using pure, raw materials that nevertheless make a contemporary impression. Gerda Edens exhibited two-dimensional objects using textile as a basis. Her design aesthetic is simple and the way she uses textiles refined.
28/05/’93 Exhibition in cooperation with Galerie Torch. New work by photographer Jan van der Horn combined with work by Mitsy Groenendijk and Anya Janssen.
17/09/’93 Exhibition featuring Edward van Vliet and Eibert Draisma, graduates of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Edward has a futuristic design aesthetic which is reflected in his furniture designs, while Eibert makes small, imaginatively stimulating robots.
12/05/’94 Exhibition of upholstered seats. Young designers such as Piet Hein Eek, Hugo Timmermans, Edward van Vliet, Henk Stallinga, Eibert Draisma and Paola Kalshoven reveal their visions using prototypes and scale models.
16/07/’94 Exhibition “Sixties & Beyond”. Furniture from the 1960s.
11/09/’94 Exhibition with Tejo Remy and Viktor & Rolf. This was the first in a series of four exhibitions, subsidised by the Mondriaan Foundation. This exhibition was dedicated to furniture and fashion. Tejo with his poetic furniture designs and Viktor & Rolf with – literally and metaphorically – fantastic fashion designs.
12/11/’94 Exhibition with theatre group Alex d’Electriqueand designer Henk Stallinga. Henk exhibited pure minimalism, while Alex d’Electrique ensured the exhibition was a celebration of brute force – and refinement.
With thanks to the Mondriaan Foundation.
12/05/’95 Exhibition with Edward van Vliet and Fred Kolman. Edward created futuristic furniture for three lifestyles, while Fred Kolman got light, music and sound to follow the visitors around, using sensors and a lot of software, as well as a ‘beamer’.
With thanks to the Mondriaan Foundation.
06/10/’95 Exhibition with designers Hugo Timmermans and Job Smeets.They revealed their vision of the future with a 22-metre-long photo (...) and three pieces of plastic furniture.
With thanks to the Mondriaan Foundation.
08/05/’96 Exhibition of new furniture by designers Javier Mariscal and Ron Arad. This exhibition came about in cooperation with the Italian furniture factory Moroso.
02-05-’97 02/05/’97 Home-office. This was an exhibition featuring a new home workstation. The exhibition came about in cooperation with IBM, Vitra, the provider Euronet, Piet Hein Eek and Finnish designers Teppo Asikainen and Ilkka Terho.
20/09/’97 Exhibition of designs by Alessandro Mendini, Marco Zanuso, Gio Ponti, Achille Castiglioni, Cinni Boeri, Anna Gili and Mario Bellini.
This exhibition was opened by Alessandro Mendini and Anna Gili.
28/08/’98 Patrick Schols. Patrick exhibited his chipboard furniture. Endless sanding and polishing results in organic shapes and a texture that also shows how the furniture is constructed.
07/05/’99 Dutch Individuals. Presentation of a selection of the exhibition held by the ‘Dutch Individuals’ Foundation, an initiative of The Frozen Fountain, in Milan during the Salone Int. del Mobile in the spring of 1999.
28/05/’99 'Chine de Commande'. Ceramist Norman Trapman presented his collection of porcelain, designed and made by him during one of his study trips to China. Norman chose the city of Jingdezhen, approximately five-hundred kilometres from Shanghai. A city that has been the porcelain centre of China for centuries.
09/10/’99 An exhibition by Claudy Jongstra, together with photographer Jannes Linders. Claudy presented her felt collection through her brand “Not tom dick and harry”.
Jannes Linders exhibited his series of airport photographs commissioned by Schiphol airport.
29/9/’00 Hidden exhibition. The “Hidden” collection is an initiative of showcase manufacturer “sdb industries bv”. sdb unleashed a creative explosion by asking designers to create designs for furniture that could be taken into production as far as possible by sdb. A host of designers were asked to submit designs, including Christophe Pillet, Ron Arad, Jeffrey Bernett, N2, Kombinat, Richard Hutten, Dum Office and Andreas Weber.
This exhibition was opened by Ron Arad.
28/9/’01 Exhibition resulting from the first art commission.
This art commission was issued to the sculptor Marc Ruygrok. Marc made the “ZEG”. table
01/2/’02 Commission to Studio Job for a bronze table.Private collection, currently on loan to the Groninger Museum.
20-9-’02 Exhibition “10 years of The Frozen Fountain”. Art commissions to Hella Jongerius and Piet Hein Eek. Hella made seriesof lamps and Piet Hein, naturally, a a unique cupboard. The editions sold out. Number 1 went to the Gemeente Museum in The Hague.
12/12/’03 Installation by the Brothers Knip. Rene Knip designed a light-letter system that can be used for name signs or route advice. Edgar Knip produced this system. The writer K. Schippers wrote some poetry specially for this installation. Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum purchased the installation in its entirety.
01/6/’04 Commissions to Studio Job for design of a cupboard. Modular Cabinet purchased by the Stedelijk Museum.
02/3/’05 First art commission to Vika Mitrichenka. A tea service. Edition of 36. 14 have now been sold, including to the Stedelijk Museum and the Museum of Arts & Design, New York.Vika now makes many objects for The Frozen Fountain, including etageres. (Edition of 36)
06/8/’06 Glass blower Bernard Heesen was commissioned to design "a set of bowl"” te ontwerpen. Oplage 1.
02/9/’07 Photographer Jannes Linders created the edition ‘Mooie Idealen’” Idealen’ [‘Nice Ideals’] for The Frozen Fountain. (Edition of 7) These consisted of a folder containing 8 photos of Modernist (Communist) architecture from the former Eastern Bloc.With introductions by Laura Staring and Mariëtte Haverman.
02/4/’08 Hella Jongerius presented her enamel plates produced by the craft company Ando Shippo Crafts (1880). An initiative by Cibone, Tokyo and The Frozen Fountain.