CIC x Arttenders

Art at Work Project
Luuk Bode

We invited Luuk Bode to participate in the Art at Work Project because we love his graphics and his signature use of color. On top of that: he was looking for a new opportunity to create a commissioned piece in a unconventional space. And he delivered because it shows: he can do anything!

Luuk Bode x Art at work

Luuk Bode manifests his fondness for color through a great variety of means: paintings, murals, drawings, sculptures and interior projects. The contemporary urban landscape, also embedded in the city of Rotterdam is, together with 20th century avant-gardes, what feeds his creativity. Behind a composition of hard, geometric shapes there is a meticulous design in order to find the perfect grid and combine the colors in the most effective way. He is currently passing his skills to a new generation as a teacher at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

For the CIC x Arttenders Art at Work Project Luuk was commissioned to create a unique work of art, combining his eclectic shapes, and create movement in the blank space of a bathroom unit. Luuk felt at home with this project, which suits him like a glove! The name of his work is Pandorama.

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Images courtesy of CIC and Arttenders

Luuk about pandorama

“Starting point for the designs is the space itself. The surroundings and the shape of the space were directive in the design. In many shared toilet spaces, there is graffiti. In some spaces it has a beautiful way of gradually taking over the walls. The way elements of the artwork blend into the space itself, reminds somewhat of this.

The design had to be more than just a plain picture on a wall. This was also a reason to choose for shapes that are freestanding. The space itself is rather small and closed, so I wanted to hint to the world outside – the urban environment, and immediate surroundings such as the Central Station.

A second important factor is, that it is to be an autonomous work of art. Not just decoration, not an illustration. This assignment connects really well with my art. The designs can be seen as elaborations of the shaped canvases I have been working on for several years. My art derives from how I experience my own urban environment. The vicinity of CIC, with the Groot Handelsgebouw and Rotterdam Central Station were an extra inspiration in this case.

The use of colour is based on the desire to connect urban elements (pop, graffiti) into the colour schemes of CIC and the Groot Handelsgebouw – which is contemporary, with respect to the historical feel of the place.

The colour swatches of the architect, as attached with the briefing, were also part in the considerations of colour use. The greenish shades of grey, and the light yellow refer to this. The red is a dark red, a reminder of the beautiful, eye-catching dark red balustrades in the courtyard of the Groot Handelsgebouw. The black in the designs serves as counterweight to the dark floors of the toilet units.”

About the Art at Work Project

The Art at Work Project consists of a series of creative spaces in the CIC offices. These spaces are customized by various artists in collaboration with Arttenders through different forms of applied arts. This creates immersive and inspirational rooms, where entrepreneurs can meet, be inspired, work and socialize.

More information about the Art at Work Project can be found on the project page.

Find more images and share your experience on social media using #cicxarttenders, @arttenders and #artatworkproject

Special thanks to Robert Spalink and his team for their craftsmanship, productional expertise and installation support!


  • Collaboration
  • Artist selection
  • Project Management
  • Interior design


Luuk Bode
CIC Rotterdam

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