Studio Spass for CIC x Arttenders Art at Work Project

  • Title
    • Unusual Volume (2017)
  • Artist
    • Studio Spass
  • Creative director
    • Arttenders
  • Commissioned by
    • Cambridge Innovation Center
  • In collaboration with
    • JLL, Kraaijvanger Architects, CIC Design Team
  • Location
    • Groothandelsgebouw, Rotterdam

What do you get when you challenge artists to design an entire space? We collaborated with Studio Spass on designing a living room with an urban jungle theme. This space is located in the second wing of CIC Rotterdam. This design is the last work in our series of site-specific interventions for the CIC x Arttenders Art at Work Project. Studio Spass transformed the living room into an abstract garden with bold colors and shapes.


Photo credits: Pim Top

Studio Spass x Art at Work

Studio Spass is a Rotterdam-based agency founded by Jaron Korvinus and Daan Mens in 2008. The studio creates visual identities, campaigns, and installations and has an instantly recognizable visual language which goes well beyond the conventional perception of space, color, and shape. Through interplay with forms and shapes of the objects combined with hard-edge aesthetics, Studio Spass proves that design can and should be fun.

For the Art at Work Project they were challenged to propose a contemporary interpretation of an urban jungle. Breaking with the usual association with flora and fauna, the artists have transformed the living room into an abstract garden. The inspiration came from the Burle Marx’s quote: “A garden is a complex of aesthetic and plastic intentions; and the plant is, to an artist not only a plant - rare, unusual, ordinary or doomed to disappearance but also a color a shape”.

Studio Spass created an abstract interpretation of city skyline and used it as the pattern for the walls, covering it not by using wallpaper but tailor-made printed carpet! The combination of tailored and existing furniture creates intimate spaces, emphasizing the organic shapes of the ‘sculptures’. Their choice for bold colors make that all elements work together, creating an aesthetic and harmonic composition within the space.

About the Art at Work Projects

The Art at Work Project consists of a series of creative spaces in the CIC offices in Rotterdam. 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. Find more images and share your experience on social media using #cicxarttenders and #artatworkproject

Overview of the Art at Work Project

  • Composition in Mosaic #1 by Sigrid Calon
  • Geometric Compositions by Roel van Eekelen
  • Olympic Wasteland by Iwan Smit
  • Pandorama by Luuk Bode
  • Unusual Volume by Studio Spass
  • Work by Rotganzen
  • WC Wonderland - Happy Drips & Stains by Studio Maky
  • Image


    Photo credits: Pim Top