Wild Animals

by Rop van Mierlo

We are proud to present ‘Wild Animals’, a guerrilla takeover in our store and e-shop by the Dutch designer Rop van Mierlo.

Van Mierlo is best known for his picture book ‘Wild Animals’, which won a Dutch Design Award in 2011 and is sold in MoMA (New York) and Design Museum London, among others.

Van Mierlo is intrigued by the human need to control nature. Using a wet-on-wet technique, he paints animals that he can’t control.

For his Wild Animals project, which he will present in our store, Van Mierlo experiments with his paintings in new techniques and materials, resulting in a beautiful hand tufted rug and a special ‘Tiger Merch’ series: 12 products all based upon the tiger, the first ever painting of the ‘Wild Animals’ series. ’Tiger Merch' plays with the idea of ‘artist merchandise’, the questionable concept of commercializing the work of artists after their passing. Van Mierlo finds it fascinating how the heartfelt and sincere work of artists, often driven by poverty, is put in stark contrast to the commercialization of their work after their passing. With 'Wild Animals’, he addresses this contrast and pokes fun at it, by creating his own merchandising -without mass production- while he is still alive and kicking. Tiger Merch consists of 12 unique, limited edition products.

Wild Animals will be on show and for sale in our Antwerp store from July 24 until August 5. A curated selection will be available in our e-shop.