MAARTEN VAN KESTEREN
MAARTEN VAN KESTEREN
architect
 


CAFE
Temporary installation for the Amsterdam Art Fair.

Paradaida - There is something special about an enclosed garden. The first space that really moved me, must have been my grandmother's garden. Returning from school we would enter it from the kitchen, through the beaded curtains, with a glass of lemonade. Hortensia's grew against the fence that rose high above. Here, in the dappled shade of the fruit tree, time seemed to pass at a different pace while I watched my grandmother watering the plants. Perhaps it was this slowness, that seems intrinsic to gardens, that carved the experience in my memory.

"A boundary is not that at which something stops but (...) that from which something begins its essential unfolding." (Martin Heidegger) The ancient Persian word paridaida meant 'walled-around', or 'walled garden'. A place for protected relaxation; essentially, a paradise on earth.

The words garden and gaard come from Latin, gardinum, and Indo-European, geard, and refer to the garden as a piece of landscape that is guarded. A place that is sheltered and cared for. The boundary protects not only the frail interior, it brings order in the chaotic world.

The moment of entering the room, the experience of looking at a garden changes into being surrounded by a garden. Perspectival vision changes into peripheral perception. Temperature, sounds and smells change. Within the boundary of the walls there is a place of contemplation. There is no art. Only eighty-five house plants, most of them cultivated and grown not far from here, in "het Westland". 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The KV01 chair is handmade by us for the installation. High quality vegetable tanned cow leather was cut, sewn and used as a cover around the bended steel tube frame. The chairs allow visitors to sit back and observe the large plants of the installation from beneath, exposing the textures and opaque quality of the leaves.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Amsterdam Art Fair took place in May 2016.

PUBLICATIONS:
Lecture & exhibition: 'KV01', Bamstat Hasselt' 
Publication: 'CAFE', Domus, 17.6.16