van der Meer
Christa van der Meer has a great curiosity about the concept of fashion and adjacent disciplines. “Clothing enables you to express your identity and flaunt it. That is why I wonder, in what way is clothing you wear connected to your identity? If clothing is not worn by a person but by an object, can it still be an expression of identity?” Her work has an autonomous starting point and is later on released into an applied world.
After gaining international experience at Henrik Vibskov (Copenhagen) and A.Berg Studio (SE) she graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (NL) in 2013. Since then her work has been commissioned for Salone del Mobile, Milan (IT), Boom City in Chengdu (CHN), Royal Palace Soestdijk (NL), Nederlandse Dansdagen (NL) among others. This went along an exhibition in Gemeentemuseum Den Haag where her work is included in one of the permanent shows. Van der Meer’s work did not go unnoticed by trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort who applauds her work on Trendtablet.com.
As a designer she is having a playful view on menswear. It is her goal to find an ultimate balance between humor, the everyday life and fantasy. This results in an imaginative world of primary colors, plastics, and classic menswear. During her quest she does research on myths and alter egos, which includes Bolivian medicine men, superheroes, traditional European festivities and James Bond.
Currently she is developing an alienating group identity that is defined by an absurdist aesthetic that includes bright colours, striped patterns, rubber gloves and masks.
Dewi Bekker is a Dutch menswear designer and graduate from the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague. Her graduation resulted in projects and exhibitions such as, the Lichting show at Amsterdam Fashion Week, Modebelofte at the Dutch Design Week and MOAM for HEMA. During her studies she did internships at Bernhard Willhelm and Hannes Kettritz. Currently she is working on her own label.
Anouk van Klaveren explores the sharp edge of aesthetics. Her work revolves around the alienation of the human body and deconstruction of luxury. She expresses her thought experiments in various media, such as performance, fashion collections, jewellery and sculpture.
“I find it interesting how fashion creates an illusion of structure and hierarchy. As a collective myth, clothes and property became a tool to showcase financial or intellectual wealth in the daily life. A leather jacket embodies coolness, Scottish tweet is associated with upper class tailoring, pearls are posh. However, these are just western points of view. It’s fascinating how cultural norms and standards can differ, but at the same time seem to resemble. Playing with this cultural relativity of luxury puts the fashion industry into perspective.”
During her studies at the Royal Academy of Arts (NL) she got the opportunity to do an intern-ship at BLESS (Berlin DE). After her graduation, her project caught the attention of an international audience. Her work has been exhibited at Centraal Museum (Utrecht, 2016), Milan Design Week (2014) and was representing the Netherlands during the International Fashion Showcase (2015, UK).
As a designer he is always on a quest for wonder. Real wonder is something that hardly exists anymore in our society. Gino Anthonisse reflects on this by bringing his wondrous collages to life. By combining classic garments and ethnic elements together with strange materials and techniques he creates designs that are surprising as well as surreal.
His menswear collections have been showcased at Amsterdam Fashion Week (NL), Paris Fashion Week (FR) and Dutch Design Week (NL).
Gino Anthonisse (1988) is a Dutch menswear designer based in The Hague, The Netherlands. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and graduated in 2014. He got the opportunity to live and work in Antwerp during his internship at Christian Wijnants in the summer of 2013.
We had the honour to develop the campaign for the 10th edition of Fashion Clash Festival! With this series of cakes we want to celebrate your favourite garments, instead of making new ones.
Read more on this here.
In the early Summer of 2017, the Zeeuws Museum, as instructed by Das Leben am Haverkamp, invites 40 visitors to give a description of 40 randomly selected objects of the museum’s collection out of storage. Objects in the storage rooms are anonymous, without judgment, without a story. It is that anonymity that appeals to the imagination. The subjective descriptions of regional costume, jewellery and household goods induced us to develop a new collection without ever having seen the objects described.
With this method and our collection Das Leben am Haverkamp aims to create a bridge between past and future, between knowing and fantasizing, between the image of yourself and that of the other.
Volkskrant described it as one of the cultural highlights of 2018. Glamcult said to go see this with your own eyes – “The journey is worth it”. Read about what i-D Vice and VPRO Nooit Meer Slapen had to say about it.
17 February 2018 – 5 May 2019
We are excited to announce Das Leben am Haverkamp is working on its first solo exhibition! A site-specific project at Zeeuws Museum; sixty of our brand new pieces/objects/items will be on show.
17.02.2018 – 05.05.2019
Abdij, Middelburg (NL)
Last Saturday Das Leben am Haverkamp received the Dutch Design Award in the category Fashion for the work Bravado – A pretentious, swaggering display or courage during the award show at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This was our first big show at Future Generation, Mercedes-Benz Amsterdam Fashion Week last 26 January, which was well received by Volkskrant, NRC, Elsevier, Glamcult and Fucking Young! ao. The show represented our individual work in a collective setting and was a elaboration on new ways of presenting fashion. Although we were already very honoured to be nominated in both categories Young Designer and Fashion, winning is a tremendous acknowledgement.
Steaming on the beach this summer. Our collective project is captured by Sanja Murasic. The object are now on show in the great exhibition Uit de Mode @Centraal Museum Utrecht NL until 22nd of October 2017.
Boomtsjikke wah wah! We showed our Quirky Cruise collection as the opening show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam this week and we hope it will stick to you the whole summer. It will not only serve the mind and eyes of “more seasoned jet-setters” but also the agoraphobics who will enjoy the sun on their one square meter balcony.
Here is a selection of this collective project.
All photo’s by Team Peter Stigter
As a contribution to art=ARTIS, Anouk van Klaveren and Dewi Bekker created A residence that might remind you of that unique hotel in Magdeburg or that colourful gym where you used to train for tampon hockey. In a former bear stay they furnished a Bed&Breakfast.
Following their own interpretation of Standards for the Accommodation and Care of Animals in Zoos and Aquaria, drafted by EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquaria) the designers created a habitat.
Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the unique view and location of this accomodation.
This wondrous jewellery is a significant part of PROJECT 000 005 – His Majesty prefers by Anouk van Klaveren.
Captured by photographer Imke Ligthart
Proud to announce we will be the opening show at this upcoming edition of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam. It will not only serve the mind and eyes of “more seasoned jet-setters” but also the agoraphobics who will enjoy the sun on their one square meter balcony. The members of Das Leben am Haverkamp all have their individual label, but for this occasion we unite, as we will show a collective project this night.
13 July 2017
Gino Anthonisse’s quest for wonder is well represented in his new collection. By using a life-size collage technique he creates designs that are surprising as well as astonishingly surreal. By combining collages together with origami he discovers an approach on how to design clothing without sewing, only using folding for its construction.
Clothing enables you to express your identity and flaunt it. That is why
Christa van der Meer wonders, in what way is the clothing you wear connected
to your identity? Is fashion still an expression of identity when it is not worn
by a person, but worn by an object? The collection Creamy Dream is a cheerful exploration of these questions.
With this collection Dewi created an alienating group identity that is defined by an absurdist aesthetic that includes bright colours, striped patterns, rubber gloves and masks.
PROJECT 000 005 – ‘His Majesty Prefers Pigs’ started off by collecting portraits of royalties and kings who have surrounded themselves with exceptional wealth. Through this framework, she creates an imaginary tribe wearing her unisex clothing, accessories and jewellery
These HOT-AS-FUCK designers will be part of the opening of Amsterdam Fashion Week in January 2017. Invite only. A big shout out to Future Generation and Stroom Den Haag
26 January 2017
21-23 January 2017
He is always searching for wonder. By combining classic garments and ethnic elements together with offbeat materials, techniques and accessories he brings back wonder into his collections. By using a collage technique he creates designs that are surprising as well as surreal astonishing. This technique is also shown is his new installation of the collection MADODA
By wrapping her silhouettes in different cultures she allows a new global silhouette to be born and gives us new ideas how to incorporate new fabrics and various prints. As an elaboration of her previous collection she continued the investigation on how to translate 2D images to 3D designs. The result is presented in a film which gives you an 360 degrees view on the collection.
Orange juice, Day 7
During her quest she does research on myths and alter egos, which includes Bolivian medicine men, superheroes, traditional European festivities and James Bond. This is shown in her new collection ‘The sun would not catch them on the road’.
Cheese, Day 58
Anouk van Klaveren’s PROJECT 000 002 in the desert with Photographer Imke Lighthart
We are ready to show off our four new collections!
23 – 27 January
Gefelicifashion – a celebration of conventions
featured in Glamcult
Coffee, Day 12
– a celebration of conventions
This Das Leben am Haverkamp collaboration was shown during Future Generation at Amsterdam Fashion Week.
Setting up our performanstallation GEFELICIFASHION
Dewi Bekker’s yellow coat,
Anouk van Klaveren’s jumper and
Gino Anthonisse’s ethnical jeans outfit flew to Belfast to be in this great photography project of Sandra Zegarra Patow.
Anouk van Klaveren’s Project 000 005 is on the way
Collage & sketch by Dewi Bekker for the upcoming collection.
Collage of upcoming work Gino Anthonisse
This is a nice shoot by Jaimy Gail de Gier. And that is a good thing. Clothing by Christa van der Meer
Henri Verhoef has been using pieces from Gino Anthonisse and Dewi Bekker in this shoot. Well, we are ready to discover new areas!
Collage series by Dewi Bekker
Dewi her pieces are featured in this crazy shoot for Mondaze magazine.
A collection of ties and bowties by Dewi Bekker. The collection is a follow up on the accessories from her collection; I would like to drink beer high among the Aesir.
Lemonade, day 8
Collages by Christa van der Meer
Part of the catalogue of the London International Fashion Showcase 2015! Anouk van Klaveren has been showcasing her work at Brewer street Car park during IFS. Proud!
Inspirational image for Gino Anthonisse?
An investigation by Christa van der Meer into the relation between her portraits and fashion design.
What a wonderful shoot of Gino Anthonisse’s collection Lost Wonder 2014
Anouk van Klaveren’s pieces used in Imke Panhuijzen’s shoot.
Giuliano Bolivar LOVES the plastic feathers of PROJECT 000 002 – Wildermann by Anouk van Klaveren.
Mixed juices, 9 Days
Sleek Magazine had a wonderful collaboration with photographer Christian Rinke and shot Christa’s clothing in Berlin. (Issue summer 2014)
Part of the graduation shoot of Gino Anthonisse
For the exhibition BACK STAGE ON STAGE Anouk van Klaveren created a performative sequel to her graduation collection, PROJECT 000 004 – Hypertrichosis Bow Tie 2.0. The performance resembles a factory assembly line. In the factory, human hair will be preserved in a personal bow tie. All the hair that is used to make the final product is collected from the audience. Behind the table a database of human material is growing.
The individual visitors who donate their hair, can watch themselves becoming part of the system: their precious lock will be depersonalised by providing it with a serial number and a colour analysis. Their names written on the plastic bag, is the only reference to the former owners.
The work questions the current trend among fashion houses and shops for transparency about the production process and the origin of the base materials. Consumers increasingly want to know how things are produced and where they come from. But where does one draw the line? Can custom-made products be to personal?
Anouk van Klaveren has been collecting hair of the audience at Salone del mobile 2014 to be used as raw material in PROJECT 000 004 – Hypertrichosis Bow Tie 2.0. Check out the whole collection at www.anoukvanklaveren.com
This jumper is part of PROJECT 000 002 – Vestes Ad Illustrandam Embryogenesin Hominis Et Mammalium Abnormen by Anouk van Klaveren.
PROJECT 000 002 – Vestes Ad Illustrandam Embryogenesin Hominis Et Mammalium Abnormen
Check out this pollenator pollenating
A series of portraits painted on silk that were made by Christa van der Meer during a performance at BACK STAGE ON STAGE during Salone del Mobile, Milano 2014. This project stems from a fascination for the proportions of the face and the emotions that influence its expression. Specific parts of the portraits are shrunk to change the expression of the portrait.
Anouk van Klaveren launched her new PROJECT 000 003 – Privacy is Theft. She combines unique vintage locks with high-tec plastic. Because plastic is fantastic.
Collecting fish for a photo shoot of Anouk van Klaveren’s PROJECT 000 003 – Privacy is Theft with photographer Imke Lighthart.
Who might have guessed that at least seven billion atoms found their way to construct four individual entities that would eventually speak and discuss the current state of affairs of something we delightfully – but often problematically – call fashion? A collision of people like this just happens once in a blue moon.
Our main protagonists – Anouk van Klaveren (1991), Christa van der Meer (1988), Dewi Bekker (1990) and Gino Anthonisse (1988) – joined forces and formed the collective Das Leben am Haverkamp after graduating from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
Their unconventional approach to design and fashion results in thought-provoking, unpolished work, often inspired by daily rituals, cultural relativity of luxury and alter egos. New, uncharted territory is explored during the inventive performances and presentations of Das Leben am Haverkamp. All the members have their individual practice, and present their projects collectively.
Their headquarter is a laboratory situated in The Hague. Despite the freezing cold in winter, the abandoned building is a pleasurable place to be. Experiment takes place in their year-round playground – a motley mixture of black and white cats, purple pill bugs and wild plants that wangle their way in.
Das Leben am Haverkamp collectively disagrees on the imaginative borders created between (art) disciplines. Together they create the novel context necessary for their unrestricted way of working and thinking. Welcome to their island spaceship disjointed from time and space. It could all of a sudden land at a prestigious museum, or right in front of you at your local supermarket, but never as you expect.
EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS
Zeeuw Museum, Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, Middelburg (NL) 17 Feb 2018 – 5 May 2019
Centraal Museum, Quirky Cruise as part of the permanent setup – Tromp L’oeil, Utrecht (NL) from April on
Modemuze, Modemuze@OBA: Innovation, Quirky Cruise, Amsterdam (NL) 18 May – 2 Sept
WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), Grey Space in The Middle, The Hague (NL) 12 May
HOW&WOW – cooperazione! by Crafts Council NL, Salone del Mobile, Milan (IT) 18 – 21 April
A residence that might remind you of that unique hotel in Magdeburg or that colourful gym where you used to train for tampon hockey, by Dewi Bekker and Anouk van Klaveren, ARTIS, Amsterdam (NL) 19 April – 26 August
Quirky Cruise, Heden, The Hague (NL) 3 March – 7 April
Winner, Dutch Design Award category Fashion
Nominee, Dutch Design Award category Young Designer
Dutch Design Week, Dutch Design Awards exhibition, Veemgebouw, Eindhoven (NL)
Dutch Design Week, preview Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, Eindhoven, (NL)
Centraal Museum, Uit de Mode, Quirky Cruise by Das Leben am Haverkamp, Utrecht (NL)
Nest, Pitch Black Photo Booth by Eddy The Eagle Museum in collaboration with Das Leben am Haverkamp, Nest, The Hague (NL)
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Quirky Cruise, opening show by Das Leben am Haverkamp (NL)
Punch Punch and About Asia at Future Center, Boom City, by Fashionclash, Chengdu (CHN)
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Future Generation presents Das Leben am Haverkamp (NL)
Tijdgenoten, a night by Glamcult at nightclub De School, Amsterdam (NL)
Avondwinkel de Buren op 102, presentation collaboration Das Leben am Haverkamp and Marsdiep, Amsterdam (NL)
Atelier Néerlandais, The Show-Off Show, Paris (FR)
Mercedez Benz Fashion Week Amsterdam, Future Generation, Gefelicifashion, Amsterdam (NL)
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, performance and exhibition in de Tuinzaal, The Hague (NL)
i-D Vice (US), meet the radical fashion collective making clothes you can eat, 24 April
See All This, Zeeuws Museum x Das Leben am Haverkamp, no.9, spring issue
Elle Decoration (NL), Salone del Mobile, April
NRC, Tentoonstelling, Op deze expositie moet je het zelf uitzoeken, 14 March
Volkskrant, 16 culturele hoogtepunten van 2018, Cultuurtip 8, Originele ontwerpers aan de slag met impressies van museumbezoek, 5 Jan.
Glamcult, Das Leben am Haverkamp teams up with Zeeuws Museum, 16 Feb.
VPRO Nooit Meer Slapen, De Reismicrofoon, 15 Feb.
i-D Vice (NL), Das Leben am Haverkamp raakte geïnspireerd door Zeeuwse folklore, 6 Feb.
Volkskrant V, Het talent van 2018, Mode en design, second place, 28 December
HP/ De Stijl, Alles Nue!, interview with Das Leben am Haverkamp, winter 2017/18
Volkskrant, Dude is wat tijdschrift voor designers moet zijn: vooruitstrevend en elegant, 9 Nov.
Dude, by BNO, Young Designer Award, autumn 2017
Elsevier, Interview met drie kanshebbers voor Young Designer Award, 23 Oct.
Viewpoint, Das Leben am Haverkamp – The fashion rebels, #40
Metal Magazine, Das Leben am Haverkamp – Defying fashion as it is, Oct.
NRC, review Amsterdam Fashion Week, 18 July
Nylon, Why We’re Obsessed With Amsterdam Fashion Week, 18 July
Metro, Das Leben am Haverkamp opent Fashion Week, 14 July
Parool, Een schilderij om aan te trekken, 13 July
Elsevier, Kwartet van solisten in overrompelende show, March
Fucking Young!, Das Leben am Haverkamp, Jan.
NRC, Nieuwe koers voor Amsterdam Fashion Week, 27 Jan.
Volkskrant, Overdonderende shows van jong Nederlands talent, 31 Jan.
Parool, Das Leben am Haverkamp opent Fashionweek met vier shows, 26 Jan.
i-D Vice, Das Leben am Haverkamp, Jan.
Pairs Project, Dogme, Jan.
Pairs Project by Eclectic Magazine, #12 Welcome to Cathood, Nov.
A Shaded view on Fashion by Diane Pernet, Jan.
Eclectic Magazine, Introducing: Das Leben am Haverkamp, Jan.