The design and craftsmanship behind Belgium-based “Thalen & Thalen” lie in the hands of father and son duo Rob and Jaap Thalen.
Nine Inspirations of Thalen & Thalen
1. A man making giant soap bubbles in Central Park (NY) inspired us to create vessels and objects with flowing organic shapes.
These fast-moving, three dimensional shapes inspire us to catch the movement in a still object; when a piece is seen from all sides, it gives a similar impression of this movement...caught in silver.
2. Henry Moore's sculptures within a wide open landscape.
Henry Moore’s sculptures integrate with the landscape, and become part of it. Our creations need to integrate with our collectors’ lives, their homes, and their emotions.
3. Leonard Cohen, Anthem (there is a crack in everything...)
This bowl got the name “Explosive II”-- it is double layered and bursts open to let the light go through. It plays with the inside and out. Its surface is silky soft and has polished hard edges at the same time. A world of contrast in a perfect harmony...
4. Our father and son cooperation is a constant source of inspiration where ideas meet.
5. Weathered landscapes inspire us to create surfaces in our creations that are ultimately tactile.
Rocky surfaces; always changing glaciers; cracks, wind and water shape these landscapes. Translating this in our creations is a never-ending inspiration.
6. Silver in its purest form, 999/000, with its marvellous reflection of light.
The way we hammer the silver creates a surface that gives the impression of liquid and at the same time it looks like silk...
7. The Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris; a building that seems to sail in the wind.
Transparency and solid volumes in perfect harmony. Frank Gehry is maybe more a sculptor than an architect. Out-of-the-box thinking and balancing an object an its surroundings are some of the magnificent qualities he shows us.
8. The quote "Go big, or go home!" gave us the courage to create objects in silver on a scale nobody has dared before.
9. Water: water to cool down our hot silver creations; water to wash our hands after a day in the workshop; water from our own well to drink; water pouring down in a heavy thundershower and washing away soil; water in the little stream finding its way through the valley.
Thalen & Thalen is represented by
Fine Art Gallery, Indianapolis/New York
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