Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans is a master of whimsy. Her designs show objects coming to life and having fun. These steet lights, recently displayed at her solo exhibition in Miami, are typical. The central theme in her work is the virus. What does that mean?
Pieke’s products are called viruses, due to their natural forms and the way they come to life. But eventually, the biggest virus of them all is the designer in person. Manipulating standard production processes is by all means viral behavior. In general mass production, a single form is endlessly and perfectly multiplied like a healthy cell. As she allows room for change and serendipity, Pieke aims to create processes in which products are never completely the same. Like a virus, her products change and adapt to various conditions, disrupting common ideas and the predictable evolution of form and design.