The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design

The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design

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  • Architects: Tom Postma Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  383
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Photographs
    Photographs :Mark Niedermann
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  GRAPHISOFT, Adobe, Gimmick and Gizmo Zoom, Peroni
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The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design - Interior Photography
© Mark Niedermann

Text description provided by the architects. The exhibition is an homage to the ancient porcelain rooms of European palaces and aristocratic houses. The design created by Tom Postma Design represents a contemporary interpretation of the porcelain room. A temporary setting in direct dialogue with the permanent architecture by Rem Koolhaas. The exhibition brings together more than 1,700 individual Chinese export porcelains made from the 16th to the 19th centuries and is curated by Chinese porcelain experts Jorge Welsh and Luísa Vinhais. It explores the historical context, scope and impact of Chinese exported porcelains up to the present time.

The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design - Interior Photography
© Mark Niedermann
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The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design - Interior Photography
© Mark Niedermann

The spatial design we created for The Porcelain Room exhibition is divided into 3 sections and conceived as a room within a room. The design comprises of two environments covered in brown velvet including multiple showcases and an intimate space decorated in gold. The three individual spaces exude their own specific ambiance, arising from the desire to recreate that distinct intimate feeling of a porcelain room. “Designing this exhibition was an exceptional experience. Like designing an installation. The spatial design is innovative and quite physical. Requiring the right materials and optimal lighting to present this precious and extraordinary collection of porcelains in the most perfect way.” Tom Postma.

The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design - Interior Photography
© Mark Niedermann

The precious collection shows the very first commissions of Chinese porcelains by European clients after the arrival of the Portuguese in China. Early Western orders are extremely rare, with only around 150 having survived to the present day. Over 53 precious pieces are elegantly lit and displayed as if they are floating through darkness. The selection of unique first orders, on loan from the most relevant public and private collections from all over the world, represents the entire array of first orders in terms of typology, iconography, and period of manufacture.

The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design - Interior Photography
© Mark Niedermann

One of the highlights of the exhibition is the golden room, a true contemporary homage to the tradition of porcelain rooms, like the iconic Porcelain Cabinet at the Charlottenburg Palace and Santos Palace. The room walls are totally covered in porcelains and gilded in gold leaves. The room creates an intimate interplay between the visitor and the breath-taking collection of more than 1,400 porcelain plates decorating the entire room. Jorge Welsh – artist in his early years – painted lines of colours, very organic and soft, using the plates as ‘brushstrokes’ of modern painting. Corridor with tureens The middle section features a wide selection of objects interpreted as natural and surprising forms representing animals, vegetables and fruit tureens, in order to explore the impact and exoticism of Chinese tableware made for Western markets. 

The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design - Exterior Photography, Windows, Facade
© Mark Niedermann

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Address:Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

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Cite: "The Porcelain Room / Tom Postma Design" 25 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/937651/the-porcelain-room-tom-postma-design> ISSN 0719-8884

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