Wieki Somers, Cloakroom, Boijmans Museum, Rotterdam
Nominated for the Brit Insurance Furniture Award 2009
Cloakroom Boijmans; merry-go-round coat rack, photography credit Elian Somers
“The ‘Merry-go-round coat rack’ is part of the new entrance of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam. Designed by Studio Wieki Somers, 2008. It’s standing as a carousel at the Boijmans’plaza.
Coats are hanging in the carousel that is made from red and white ropes patterned in-house at the studio. Plastic pulley blocks, fire hoses, and metal weights were used to make the mechanism, which is simple to use by the visitors themselves. A technique inspired by the mine workers from whom their coats had to be hoisted back up because the space was so limited. In the museum the clothes float under the ceiling, fill the empty space, and hang safely high. Other properties of the visitors like bags etc are being displayed in transparent mesh lockers, as museum pieces. The cloakroom is constantly changing its shape and colour, dependent on the visitors of the museum.”
Design by Studio Wieki Somers, 2008.