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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Swarovski Lighting dramatises Actor's Foyer

Info & Images: Courtesy Tjep

India Art n Design features Zaan Theatre's new foyer by Tjep
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A simple lighting transformation by Tjep makes for a whopping makeover of the actor’s foyer at Zaan Theatre, in the Dutch province of Zaandam, Netherlands.

After winning an initial ‘invitation only’ pitch, Amsterdam design studio, Tjep, has now finished the complete redesign of the actor's foyer in the Zaan theatre in Zaandam.

India Art n Design features Zaan Theatre's new foyer by Tjep
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"Zaan theatre is a modern building and we felt it could benefit from stronger connections to the grand heritage of theatre. To this end, we've developed an approach that presents both traditional and modern features,” informs founder Frank Tjepkema.

India Art n Design features Zaan Theatre's new foyer by Tjep
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Chiselling a space that celebrates theatre and also creates a relaxing environment in which actors and performers can rest and be inspired was key to the very nature of a theatre per se. So, zoning in on the central, most dominant element – the chandelier, a digital interpretation of the ancient Greek Tragic-Comic Masks  - the two expressed emotions seemingly morphed into each other, are now the piece de resistance at the entrance.

India Art n Design features Zaan Theatre's new foyer by Tjep
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Upon entering the foyer, actors are now greeted with an impressive chandelier that uses 1200 Swarovski crystals to pay a truly modern homage to the tradition of stage and screen with the grand visage from the great masks of Tragedy and Comedy.

India Art n Design features Zaan Theatre's new foyer by Tjep
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Along the walls, custom-made wallpaper harks back to the golden age of theatre with images from 17th century, whilst luxurious leather Chesterfields flank the diameter of the room, with  deep red ‘stage' curtains.

As is routine, the Tjep team combines outstanding design with artistic thinking and a profound commitment to enhancing the quality of the physical world by playing with people's sense of the intuitive and the rational. 


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