Dick van Hoff

CBK Dordrecht

6 November to 31 December 2005

exhibition DE FABRIEK Vanhoffontwerpen (The Factory Vanhoffontwerpen)

For this project Dick van Hoff (* 1971) converts the exhibition space of the Centrum Beeldende Kunst in Dordrecht to a factory. In the factory, consisting of a reception desk and welcome area with photo gallery, a production line and management offices, two new kitchen appliances are presented. Besides these, the moulds and assembly machines are on display.

This is the first time Van Hoff makes use of artificial materials to create a mixer and a tapenade machine for easy batch production. Van Hoff tries to use this new development to take a step forward in the serial production of appliances. In the past insufficient demand, the complexity of the product and labour-intensive methods prevented this.
His first series of four manually operated food processors in 2003 consists of unique objects which have found their way to the collections of the Rotterdam Museum Boijmans van Beuningen These exquisite, elaborately and traditionally tooled machines - a mixer, a blender, a juicer and a food processor - are also on display in DE FABRIEK. These plugless appliances make the observer aware of electricity as something taken for granted. The machine will not work automatically by pressing a button, first you must supply energy.

Additionally an overview of older and many new works by Dick van Hoff is given in DE FABRIEK, such as a brand new board room desk, a chest of drawers and some bookcases. And what's more, there are comfortable chairs and worktables, and an outdoor heater which can also be used for cooking.

Designer Dick van Hoff does not like to create complicated objects. His designs should speak for themselves, you can see its purpose and usage at a glance. Van Hoff does not like to cover things up, his choice is to create honest and clear objects. In his opinion something that operates well, looks well. Form always logically follows from function, he will never make choices just based on aesthetics. This has also to do with the fact that when designing, he really is looking for the essence of things.
All of his products radiate an exceptional love of creation. Every object and each part is designed with the utmost attention which is clearly visible in the final product. Even the moulds and machinery needed to design parts are built by himself with detailed precision and joy.

Dick van Hoff was born in Amsterdam in 1971. At present he lives and works in Velp, near Arnhem. In 1996 he graduated from the Arnhem School of the Arts. For several years he has been a teacher and temporary head of the studio section of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Museum Boijmans van Beuning has been collecting the work of Van Hoff for several years now and various objects have been entered in the Droog Design collection.


This exhibition is part of a series of exhibitions by designers who link up with the interior design of Richard Hutten to show their work. Since 2002 Michael Young, Piet Hein Eek and Jurgen Bey exhibited their work and only recently, in the spring of 2005, new work by Claudy Jongstra was displayed.