“The ruin of urban space becomes a participatory drama: memory versus forgetting, the city dead or the city alive. The trick is seeing both at once, and comprehending them as equally true and mutually implicated.”
Since 1959, German artists Bernd and Hilla Becher dedicated themselves to registering the remnants of the industrial age in Western Europe and the United States through photography. In the 20th century, many of these buildings were pulled down because they had served their purpose and were no longer a tenable economic proposition. In many cases the photographs taken by the Bechers remain the only visual record of these ‘anonymous’ structures.
Inspired by the photographs of these industrial buildings, Dutch designer Mieke Meijer created the Industrial Archeology series of furniture. She has restored the disused industrial shapes and placed them in a new context. By reducing the scale and playing with volume, Mieke Meijer creates autonomous interior objects with an architectural feel.