Harm Rensink is a Dutch designer working mainly within exhibition and interior design. A graduate of the Design Academy Eindhoven, he founded Studio Harm Rensink and has worked with the Stedelijk Museum, the Dutch Design Council and Philips Design. Rensink also lectures and teaches at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Stedelijk and the University of Gothenberg. Studio Harm Rensink designed the exhibition for Vlisco 1:1 / UN a UN.
What was the brief for the exhibition design of Vlisco 1:1 / UN a UN and what attracted you to the project?
The aspect of this exhibition that I really liked was the combination of historical research and the influence of design and production techniques on the resulting fabrics. Vlisco has a very rich history, spanning over 170 years, and in the exhibition we wanted to make this evolution visible.
Where did you look for inspiration?
We paid special attention to both the factory and the design department. They influence each other a lot and stimulate each other to innovate—so by enlarging parts of the design process in the exhibition and using factory dynamics, I tried to show this symbiotic energy.
What were the project's particular design challenges and how did you overcome them?
When we have moving objects in an exhibition, it is always a challenge to complete the work within the time allowed. Daniel de Bruin is a young and very talented designer, and we asked him to develop the “factory machines” seen within Vlisco 1:1 / UN a UN.