Industrial Archeology furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplants

Since 1959, German artists Bernd and Hilla Becher dedicated themselves to registering the remnants of the industrial age in Western Europe and the United States through photography. In the 20th century, many of these buildings were pulled down because they had served their purpose and were no longer a tenable economic proposition. In many cases the photographs taken by the Bechers remain the only visual record of these ‘anonymous’ structures.

Gravelplant (01) photo by Becher

Inspired by the photographs of these industrial buildings, Dutch designer Mieke Meijer created the Industrial Archeology series of furniture. She has restored the disused industrial shapes and placed them in a new context. By reducing the scale and playing with volume, Mieke Meijer creates autonomous interior objects with an architectural feel.

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplant01

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Meike Meijer - Gravelplant01

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplant01

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplant01

During Salone del Mobile 2010 she presented ‘Gravel Plant 01‘ and the collection was continued with ‘Gravel Plant 02‘, first presented during London Design Festival 2010.

Gravelplant Photo by Becher

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplant02

Industrial Archeology furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplant02
Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplant02
Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplant02
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Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - gravelplant02_detail

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Gravelplants

The third piece in the series, ‘PowerPlant 01‘, wasn’t based on a Becher photograph but on a marquant Eindhoven building, heritage from the Philips company. Mieke Meijer translated it into a low table with two conical shaped lamps.

Powerplant photo by Becher inspired the Powerplant Furniture by Meijer

Industrial Archeology Furniture by mieke Meijer - Powerplant

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - Powerplant
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Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - powerplant_05

Cooling Tower 01’, the shape of which is obviously derived from a cooling tower, was transformed into a lamp constructed from over 300 parts.

Cooling Tower Photo by Becher inspired the Cooling Tower Furniture by Meijer

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - coolingtower_01

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - coolingtower_02
Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - coolingtower_03
Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - coolingtower_04

Industrial Archeology Furniture by Mieke Meijer - coolingtower_05

So what do you think? We love the idea behind this!