Nynke Koster graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK) at the department of furniture design. She has received several awards and grants for her work: Design Matters, Amsterdam – Best of Milan; D’sign Award; KABK award The Hague. Her work has been shown internationally at Orange Town Museum, New York; Paleis Soestdijk, Baarn the Netherlands; Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland; Architecture Biennial Venice, Palazzo Michiel, Venice, Italy; Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Galerie Bart, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and Salon del Mobile in Milan, Italy. Koster has two forthcoming Museum exhibitions: Decoration Never Dies, Anyway at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum in November 2017 and the New York State Museum in Albany, New York in 2018.
Nynke Koster’s work blurs the line between fine art and design. She creates synthetic casts and molds of architectural fragments, spaces, and bodies, with which people can interact. Her work questions the way in which form and function directly affect the relationship between the viewer and the work.
One of the most striking examples of Koster’s work is her casting of the Porta del Paradiso by Lorenzo Ghilberti (1378-1455). Koster collaborated with mold-maker Oscar Paanen to create a contra-mold of the inverted Gates of Paradise. From this cast Koster created a stand-alone reproduction: a piece that simultaneously serves as a functional object and an autonomous work of art. This approach allows her to appropriate the history of architecture and reconfigure it into a physical, tangible presence in space. Koster’s Elements in Time is a continuation of these ideas, for which she creates playful rubber stools that take on the iconic, art-historical shapes and design. Each piece is unique and invites new interpretations of architecture and their associated cultures.
Koster’s recent focus has been on Dutch history in New York City, prompting her to delve into a multi-year discovery and investigation of historical sights and artifacts.