Titled Masterly - The Dutch in Milano Dutch designers, artisan producers and design agencies present themselves in the centre of Milan. At the fascinating Palazzo Francesco Turati the Dutch pavilion arises with the best design and artisan craftsmanship the Netherlands has to offer. Excellent Dutch design, fashion and photography has soul and its own identity.

In the historic spaces of the Palazzo, historic and contemporary design melt into a breath taking exhibition with the signature of the presentations at Paleis Oranienbaum and Paleis Het Loo. Historic paintings function as the common thread. Work by individual designers is presented here coherently.

In this setting I'm presenting a cabinet as swap frame for 5 small paintings (A6).

The cabinet is made of Dutch oak and maple.

This piece of furniture is not ment to be innovative, but grabs right back to ancient traditions. The cabinet has a clear link with the Dutch cabinets from the 17th century, that also made use of figurative art, such as paintings or intarsia.

And in that sense it perfectly fits the spirit of Palazzo Francesco Turati, in which detail and love for the craft are also central themes. The structure of the cabinet is consists out of four layers. An outer layer of oak beams which together create a transparent volume. In this volume hangs a maple cabinet, closed by two doors. Behind these doors is the third layer, and this is also the purpose of the cabinet: a swap frame for paintings, also as a door. Behind it lies the deepest and final layer. As a kind of surprise you will find five hanging drawers. All wood joints present in this cabinet are made with simple hand tools. Also there is no use of sheet material, all components are of solid wood. The cabinet is finished with a organic linseed oil product and pure beeswax.

During the exposition the cabinet will be filled with works form Gesine Beerman. She made some fantastic botanical paintings of authentic Italian citrus.

Photo Palazzo Francesco Turati. Project Masterly - The Dutch in Milano by Uniquole (www.masterly.nu)