Christien Meindertsma thoroughly explores the life of products and raw materials in her work. In some instances, the result of her projects may be the record of a process itself. In others, her investigations lead to products. Careful investigation and documentation, themes of local production and underexplored resources characterise her work. Meindertsma seeks to reveal processes that have become distant in industrialisation and encourage a deeper understanding of the materials and products that surround us.
Works such as the Flax Project (2012), and its numerous offshoots, are also typical of Meindertsma’s approach: Meindertsma purchased an entire harvest of a Dutch flax farmer with the ambition of exploring how flax products might stay more locally produced.
Meindertsma’s work is in the collection of MOMA (New York), The Victoria & Albert Museum (London) and the Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rein). She won three Dutch Design Awards (2008) as well as an Index award (2009) for PIG 05049. The Flax Chair won the Dutch Design Award and Future Award (2016). Meindertsma graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy in 2003.