Marianne van Ooij

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The Museum of Arts and Design at Columbus Circle New York, run an Open Studio Program which offers artists and designers a priceless opportunity.  On a three month rotational basis, artists and designers set up a project within the studio and spend one day a week working there.  The public is welcome to visit  and discuss the project with the artists/designers.  

It was here that I met Marianne van Ooij on the first day of her residency. A product designer born in Holland, Marianne has been working in New York for the last six years.

Her work caught the eye of the Metropolitan Opera here at the Lincoln Centre who invited her to design a series of cushion covers that represent seven opera’s being performed in 2010 and 2011. These cushion covers are available at the Met Opera Shop.

With credentials like these, it’s not surprising that MAD accepted her application into their Open Studio Program.

Her project involves designing a table cloth to marry with a range of dinner ware that she’s designed called “Dressed for Dinner”(see photos above and below).  This clever set of white ceramics came about from Marianne’s  idea that going out for dinner is not just about the food.  There is for instance the concentration on dressing up. With this in mind she designed plates and bowls which incorporate details of shirt cuffs, shirt fronts, and zippers.  The design prototypes were made by gluing a cuff and shirt front onto an existing plate, making a caste and  then slip casting the final prototype.  These designs are now ready for production.

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The intention with the tablecloth is to document the process of producing the ceramic.  It’s conceivable that the tablecloth could be used with the dinner ware. It’s brilliant.

The photograph of Marianne below, has the beginnings of her project in the foreground.

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Some of the designers textiles….

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Marianne has promised to keep in touch and let me know of any developments in her bright future. I promise to keep you in the loop with any news on her work.

I encourage you to have a look at her website. http://www.mariannevanooij.com/

Here’s an opportunity to live and work in New York!  If you are interested in applying for the Open Studio Program you will find information and an application form by clicking on this link,

 http://www.madmuseum.org/DO/Open%20Studios.aspx