The weird and wonderful task of making 3D paintings out of antique cabinets with FreelingWaters | Catch My Job


Well, they are a proven duo who produce fantastic work. And they also know a lot about wardrobes. “In second-hand shops, we find 19th- and sometimes 18th-century pine cabinets, they are stripped, cleaned and renovated. We combine three to eight cabinets to create a collection,” says Gijs. “Then we start choosing the combination of pigments we want to use for this collection, somewhere between two and seven.” From there, the duo considers ornaments, patterns, figures, as well as external and internal combinations and contrasts. “The paint is very important because we make it ourselves from pigments and casein glue and it’s extremely matte,” adds Gijs. “Because of this, the colors are very strong and show a kind of visual independence from the three-dimensionality of the object and the lighting situation. The cabinets become almost flat even when viewed from an angle, and in a sense they become paintings.”

The responses to the work were interesting, especially from enthusiastic antique collectors. “We once received a comment on Instagram from someone who said that antiques should just be preserved and left as they are,” says Gijs. “However, the cabinets we used were meant to be painted because they are very plain and quite soft wood and need to be protected.” Overall, however, most people are enthusiastic about recycling closets. “Some also say they’re refreshing and something completely different and new, which surprises us because decorated furniture has such a big and wild history, at least in Europe.”

The two are currently working on some private closets. “And we are preparing a new collection, some of which we will present with The Future Perfect in December at Design Miami,” concludes Gijs.


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