Oysters are increasingly popular as a delicacy, but are also cultivated for being excellent natural water filters. Marjolein Stappers investigated yet another interesting feature of these versatile creatures. Struck by the beauty of their shells after savouring them at a restaurant, and noticing how they were thrown away as garbage, she came up with the idea for Oesterplat.
She started to collect the empty shells from restaurants and found a way to turn them into something more durable. The result is an elegant tile collection made of marble and... oyster shells, showing their mother-of-pearl shine as contemporary fossils.
The name Oesterplat has been given in relation to how the oysters are still grown here in the Netherlands. In the Netherlands we mainly do soil cultivation that is spread over the 1,550 ha of land in the Oosterschelde and 500 hectares in the Grevelingenmeer. Every year, this land supplies the Netherlands around 25 million oysters.
Once they were welcomed to the city as easy to domesticate birds, but nowadays pigeons are considered as ‘flying rats’, that carry diseases and always chose the wrong spot on your window sill or balcony. We found that the nuisance is mostly caused by the fact that they all settle on the same popular spots, especially on the facade adornments that resemble their natural habitat of rocky cliffs.
We designed a series of ornaments – true to the Dutch canal house style – that the pigeons won’t be able to resist. Placed on blind walls, bricked-up windows and high spots where they won’t bother anyone, these ‘Duifies’ will make both men and pigeon happy.