Studio Design Virus
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Pieke Bergmans (1978) is an autonomous designer from the Netherlands. She has studied at the Academy of Arts, St. Joost Breda (graphic design). HKA-Art-School Arnhem (3D-Design). Design Academy Eindhoven (Industrial Design). Royal College of Art, London (MA, Design Products).
After her Postgraduate at the Royal College of Art, under Ron Arad, she opened her studio in Amsterdam and started working on a large variety of projects around the globe. For 6 years Bergmans owned an exhibition-space in Milan at Via Tortona 12, where she exhibited on a yearly basis during the Salone del Mobile.
Bergmans had solo exhibitions in Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, Miami and Basel. Her works have been collected and exhibited by museums, including Groninger Museum, Centre Pompidou, Victoria & Albert Museum, Boijmans van Beuningen, 21_21 Design Sight Tokyo, Vitra Design Museum, Design Museum Holon etc. Although, by definition, her work has primarily been geared to collectors, Pieke has collaborated with various like-minded companies as Rosenthal, Comme des Garçons & Vitra.
In recent years, Bergmans made a name for herself with mouth-blown crystal that coagulates into fluid forms. Pieke Bergmans made her international breakthrough with the Light Blubs, a series of crystal lamps that refer to the archetypal incandescent lamp. By literally blowing up the bulb, she confirms the iconic status of this light source. She emphasizes this traditional way of working by fluidly allowing the crystal to find its new form. At the same time, she places her light sculptures in the present by equipping them with LED’s. She places everyday implements in a different, surprising context.”
Her favorite modus operandi is to alter existing production processes to come to new forms and functions.
Pieke’s work is spontaneous, playful and fresh. She aims to combine function, form and message in a single elegant gesture. Whether working with porcelain, plastic or glass, she always creates objects that are of a pure and natural beauty.