The herbariums of Studio Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters originate from their own vegetable garden.
“Firstly the vegetable garden was a study object, but increasingly we saw vegetables as a material. As such we wanted to treasure the garden we had worked in for a year, and represent it on a 1:1 scale. Furthermore we wanted to say something about it from a design point of view. By pressing and drying the plants and as such conserving them, you can – so to say – lengthen the growing process of the plant.
The herbariums consist of many layers of fabric with plants on top. Pressed between a sheet of glass using a wooden clamp – a graphic image emerges, which leans against the wall. Together the herbarium pieces form a greyed and abstract translation of the vegetable garden.”
Maarten Kolk (1980) and Guus Kusters (1979) both graduated with honour at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2006 and have worked together since 2009. They develop autonomous projects and work as exhibition designers and curators. The poetry they find in nature, history, color and landscape are the foundation of their work. They try to translate this into objects, material applications, exhibitions and innovative production methods. Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters exhibited their work among others at Sotheby’s London, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, Textielmuseum Tilburg, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam and Design Museum Holon and has been acquired by several museums and private collectors.