This morning, Anthropologie Rockefeller Center kicked off Kunst, its gallery-in-store exhibition featuring the work of emerging design talent from the Netherlands. Four artists of the 1,500 who showed at last year's Dutch Design Week were selected for the group show; two in particular, Jetske de Groot and Valentin Loellmann, are forging ahead in the realm of creative reuse, crafting unexpected furnishings from found objects.
Shown above are a table and sofa by Loellmann. His collection, entitled "Past Memories," patches together historic or discarded furniture into new pieces, which the German-born and Maastricht-educated designer hand-coats with polyester. The armchair is by de Groot, who gives the arms, seats, legs and backs of abandoned tables and chairs second lives as functional parts of her whimsical designs. She has been likened to Dr. Frankenstein, in this respect, and some of her work is on display at the "Why Design Now?" exhibition at the National Design Museum in NYC.