Theo Ruth's Penguin Chair and the postage stamp have much in common. The Penguin Chair has been a design icon since the 1950s, while the postage stamp, on which it is an honour to be represented, is a form of iconography. Vermeulen's textile design shows the stamp without any embellishment as a monochrome print. Juxtaposed with strong lines of the Penguin Chair, its serrated edge stands supreme.
By simplifying the design, Vermeulen honours the stamp - one of the most striking products of the printing industry - not for its content but its form.
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands