Lot 37
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Jeroen Verhoeven

100,000 - 150,000 GBP
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  • Jeroen Verhoeven
  • 'Lectori Salutem' Desk
  • with metal label with facsimile signature / DEMAKERSVAN / Jeroen Verhoeven / Lectori Salutem Desk / No. 11 of 20
    from an edition of 20 + 1 AP
  • polished stainless steel


Jessica Watts and Louis Shadwick, eds., Jeroen Verhoeven, Lectori Salutem, London, 2013, passim

Catalogue Note

Jeroen Verhoeven is a Dutch designer known for translating his passions for storytelling and craftsmanship into beautifully designed objects.   After graduating from Eindhoven Design Academy in 2004, Verhoeven established Demakersven with his twin brother and Judith de Graauw.  Together they create pieces that draw inspiration from classic and everyday forms while utilizing contemporary materials and methods.  Their innovative designs have been produced by Nike and Swarovski and are featured in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou, and MoMA, among others.  

Lectori Salutem is one of Jeroen Verhoeven’s own designs, and is a perfect example of his functional, thought-provoking work.  Lectori Salutem is featured on the cover of our June 6 Important Design catalogue – a fitting cover, given the title’s translation: greetings, reader.  This will be the model’s first appearance at auction, so we reached out to the designer to hear, in his own words, what makes this piece so special. 

Why did you choose polished stainless steel for this project? 

Stainless steel was the perfect material; there is a contrast between its apparent inflexibility as a raw material and the fluid shapes of Lectori Salutem. Shaping metal into such fluid forms is not easy given its natural state. The questioning that arises as part of the initial process, our dialogue as to how to proceed, using this material meant that this was something we could show the viewer, they can see our story in the work.

What role does the material play in the overall narrative of the object? 

It is almost like freezing a moment where everything was perfect and polished.  For me it symbolises a moment in life where the perfect balance between myself, Joep and Judith existed.

The title is an interesting nod to the piece’s function as a desk, but one could also imagine the title coming directly from the figures it portrays – literally greeting its readers.  How did you decide on this title and what kind of ideas or connections do you hope it sparks in viewers?

The title is a nod to the writers desks designed by Francois Linke. We wanted to reference and respect traditional craftsmanship but using new, 21st century tools. We hope that viewers see it as a continuation of a historical legacy, albeit updated with our ideas and technology. 

Your brother, Joep, and long-time colleague, Judith de Graauw, are clearly represented in this design through their physical likeness.  Where do you see yourself in this piece?   

 Judith was our love, mine for ten years, ours for three; both she and Joep shaped me into who I am now. They are two people I always tried to bring together, and having the two most important people in my life next to me was key. Where I see myself in the work is as the third leg of the desk, trying to keep the balance between the three of us.   

Many collectors are familiar with your Cinderella Table, which has certain similarities to Lectori Salutem – both reinvent classic forms, combine function with whimsy, and tell a story through materials and process.   How is the narrative of Lectori Salutem different?  

With Lectori Salutem the narrative is less academic and more personal. The Cinderella Table was for me a beginning, but I’ve always felt that the desk was something that gave meaning and context to both pieces. The Cinderella Table was a piece that showcased 21st century craftsmanship; whilst this is present in Lectori Salutem, it is also imbued with aspects of my life.