Matmatic | Photo: Lianne Hermans

Matmatic innovates the craft of traditional hand caning of chairs.

This craft is known for its use of rattan and the hexagonal pattern. The material, rattan, is fixed due to the craft. Innovation occurred by experimenting with color and patterns. With the help of color expert Leentje van Hengel, Jonghlabel managed to color the rattan material. The basic rattan pattern is translated into a computer algorithm that allowed engineers, furniture makers and basketry artists to jointly develop new contemporary patterns.

The hand of the master

These two components, color and pattern, are brought together in a new chair design. The chairs are hand caned by Esmé Hofman and Renate van Biezen. The master’s hand is visible in every chair.

Matmatic is supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) & The Cultural Participation Fund (FCP).

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  2. Harmen Brethouwer
  3. AD HOC
  4. Asha Swillens
  5. Wicked Light ANNY& Esmé
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