Pigeon Service


Brand : Thomas Eyck

Designer : Christien Meindertsma

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The birds are made in all 45 available shades of Kvadrat Canvas to create a three-dimensional colour card: small objects that individually demonstrate the quality of the textile and together show the whole range. Colour will be a surprise.

size: 28 x 10 x 19 cm high
Hand made and filled with flax seeds.
Each pigeon carries a small rolled-up note on the side of its tail for sending secret messages.

True story: Christien Meindertsma designed a permanent installation of linen pigeons for Texture, the museum of  flax in Kortrijk, Belgium. The installation is about the homing pigeons used for espionage during the First World War, some of which were captured and held in the building that is now the museum. Each pigeon is  filled with  flax seeds and covered in various kinds of natural Belgian linen.

When she received the colour samples of Kvadrat Canvas 2 and made a test bird, the pattern worked very well with the woolen textile.

A Pigeon is not just for Christmas.

After finishing the design academy Eindhoven in 2003, Christien Meindertsma (1980) started her own design label flocks. With her projects "checked baggage" ( 2003), "urchin poufs" and "pig 05049" (2008) she made her break through in the international design field. These projects have been exhibited all over the world and part of her work is included in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert museum in London, MOMA New York and textile museum in  Tilburg.

Thomas Eyck

Thomas Eyck publishes and distributes characteristic and exclusive contemporary design products. The company values the care and love for choosing materials to work with, its producers and production techniques as well as the skill and creativity of its designers. Thomas Eyck chooses the designers he collaborates with based on their handwriting: ‘I believe that the union of design and material and a careful process of product development – from the first idea until the ‘finishing touch’ – are very important.’ Yearly one or two designers are commissioned to design a series of products in a given material; the collection develops slowly. The on-going search for materials to discover has so far led to collections in (amongst others) pewter, flax and borosilicate glass. Thomas Eyck: ‘Finding the right material and craftsmen and producers who can work with that is just as important as the designers I work with.