Best known for her eye-opening research book PIG 05049, Christien Meindertsma has taken on a new endeavor, designing a series of rough and simple objects made from flax. Developed in collaboration with traditional rope maker Touwslagerij Steenbergen, and woodworkers Kuperus & Gardenier, the The Flax Project is a series that aims to bring back the use of the fibrous plant in the Netherlands. Playful power cables, lamps in combination with wood, delicate hand towels, spiral rugs and flax candles are just a few of the objects that highlight the potential of the humble plant.
Flax used to be a very important crop in the Netherlands, but nowadays it is grown in much smaller quantities — and mainly shipped to China to be processed further. By making objects and getting involved throughout each stage of the process, Meindertsma was able to truly understand the time and effort involved, and the value of the flax.
For more information, you can watch the whole process in a series of videos that highlight the making of these flax-based products.
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