Designed by Kiki van Eikj in 2016, Civilized Primitives is a collection of furniture and objects inspired by living in the wild. Each piece is comprised of elements that have been modeled on branches found in the forest and cast in bronze. Three sides are rough and treated with a beautiful patina; the fourth side is smooth and polished. An edition of 8 + 2 AP, the Primitives Desk measures 70 x 100 x 194 cm.
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Van Eijk grew up in a small city in the Netherlands, immersed in nature, daydreaming, and drawing. Today she is a leading voice in Dutch design. During her studies at the Design Academy of Eindhoven, she met her future partner, Joost van Bleiswijk, another major contributor to contemporary Dutch design. Known for her signature whimsical, colorful, lyrical style, van Eijk works across media, from textiles, ceramics, and glasswork to furniture and installation.
Van Eijk’s work can be found in international museums, galleries, fairs, and private collections. She’s collaborated with brands such as Hermès, Saint-Louis, 1882 Ltd, MOOOI, Häagen-Dazs, Serax, Bernhardt Design, and Nodus. In recent years, she’s consulted for companies and institutions like Studio Edelkoort Paris, Design Academy Eindhoven, Venice Projects, Audax Textile Museum, Zuiderzee Museum, Noord Brabants Museum, and Rijksmuseum.