The Chinese Room in the Huis ten Bosch Palace in The Hague is getting new curtains, designed by Liesbeth Stinissen. The original curtains showed a Chinese river; on the new ones the Dutch river delta links everyday scenes with architectural icons. At the bottom is the town bridge in Kampen, designed by architectural studio ZJA. The curtains will be exhibited over the coming few months in the TextielMuseum in Tilburg.
Contemporary and historic
ZJA created the town bridge in Kampen, which with its generous 400-metre span connects the historic quayside with the station square, in the year 2000. The lifting towers refer to the towers in the old city centre and the balance wheels are gold plated. Low footpaths are slung from steel structures on the outside of the concrete roadway. On the protruding balconies in the centre of the bridge, pedestrians can enjoy an expansive view out over the river, the ships and the town.
Exhibition in the TextielMuseum in Tilburg
The curtains can now be seen in the exhibition ‘Royal embroidery – stitches and stories’, after which they will be hung in the royal residence. A hi-tech embroidery machine, hundreds of needlework enthusiasts from all over the country and Queen Maxima herself embroidered the patterns. The exhibition in the TextielMuseum in Tilburg runs until 29 May 2023.
TextielMuseum Tilburg, Goirkenstraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg
Opening times: Tues-Fri 10am–5pm; Sat-Sun 12pm–5pm www. textielmuseum.nl
Town bridge in Kampen to shade palace window in The Hague