Reinier Bosch, ‘WHAAM!’, 2013, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design
Reinier Bosch, ‘WHAAM!’, 2013, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design

Recalling one of the most iconic Pop works, Roy Lichtenstein’s 1963 WHAAM!, Bosch’s table combines vibrant onomatopoeia with a mirror and a glass table, suggesting both heightened excitement and the threat of violence.

Reinier Bosch designed the “WHAAM!” Table as a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein during his latest trips to Istanbul and Shanghai. This piece, consisting of five neon letters holding a glass top, will be launched during PAD London 2013. For his most recent series of conceptual furniture, Reinier Bosch took his inspiration from luminous street advertisements that are often present in megacities. Playing with both an idea of excessiveness and mystery, Reinier Bosch uses neon letters to express himself but also attract and persuade people. He captures these giant letters, that are synonym with size and a certain idea of contemporary cities and globalization, and brings them into domestic life.

Image rights: Courtesy of Carolina Wilcke / Photographer: Rachel Nieborg

About Reinier Bosch

Adopting a democratic approach to design, Reinier Bosch incorporates a broad swath of materials and influences in his objects, which playfully and honestly engage the materials and their many associations and forms. Common items in his work include cardboard, glass, Plexiglas, and sheet metal, which was one of the first materials that inspired him while spending time at his father’s boatyard. His design sensibility, which merges high and low cultural references, is perhaps best exemplified by pieces such as Bang (2014), a table whose support structure is a yellow-colored series of letters spelling out the work’s title. The instance of onomatopoeia recalls both the fine art of Roy Lichtenstein as well as the more lowbrow popular imagery that inspired 1960s Pop Art.

Dutch, b. 1980, Groningen, Netherlands, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands