palazzo turati 21_26 april 2020

Invisible innovation is clear conversation

As interior architect, designer, and spatial curator I present the unity between concept and functionality. Together with partners we develop high-end quality. During the 'Salone 2020', light is the elemental connection

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palazzo turati 9 _ 14 april 2019


The future of heating


"In the era of daylight, oil lamps and fire places, Rembrandt showed in an innovative way how to make light and warmth tangible on canvas and panel. It was exactly this that inspired me to make functional spatial work in the spirit of the master of the Golden Age." - Karel Bodegom

The Sala Prometeo of the Palazzo Francesco Turati is the canvas where during Salone del Mobile 2019 interior decorator and designer Karel Bodegom will present the new and unique airflow heating: ultra-thin infra-convectors. Classic and modern design fuse together in a design in which invisible light is being transferred into heat. For this presentation, Bodegom established a close collaboration for the production between the esteemed partners Van Ruysdael for glass, Cosentino Group - producer of Dekton®ultracompact surfaces - and the Pillen Group.

"During the study of heat and light in preparation for the design, I was struck by the work of Rembrandt van Rijn. His painting ‘A Woman bathing in a Stream’ shows a girl who is visible in the warm light enjoying her bath, " says Bodegom.

The designer started to work with materials, technology and functionality. As an interior designer he looked where most of the heat sources in a building are located; beneath windows. "I started looking for the best distribution of heat. The outcome is the extremely flat infra-convector. This is just as thin as a painting of Rembrandt."

The power of collaboration

The basic principle of a convector is to attract cold air in order to produce a warm airflow. The source of the infra-convector of Bodegom is infrared light that is transformed into heat in the material Dekton® Slim by Cosentino. Slim is the new, ultra-thin Dekton® option with a thickness of only 4 mm. It is extremely resistant to scratch marks, stains, thermal shock and ultraviolet rays. The material also has a very low water absorption. Dekton® Slim combines the exceptional technical and mechanical features of Dekton®, with a new and much thinner, lighter and manageable format for installation. These qualities made this material the ideal choice for the project for Bodegom.

Two materials who seemingly do not have a link are reinforcing each other with an invisible connection. éclair® glass windows of Van Ruysdael is the most transparent glass type that exists. The glass operates as a filter that takes heat from the outside to the inside but not the other way around. éclair® glass windows are energy-saving, 100% UV-resistant and have ultimate acoustic properties. In combination with the infra-convectors, air flows are used efficiently and durable. éclair® is burglary is safe and the lifespan is ten times longer as alternatives. The invisible qualities of éclair® intensify the operation of the infra-convectors. A perfect match for application in buildings which have a classical, contemporary or futuristic architecture.

For the production of the infra-convectors Bodegom worked together with De Pillen Group who have years of experience with heating workstations and living spaces with their product collection Heatfun. This combined with light and acoustics. In this collaboration, innovation in the way of thinking, materials and production techniques have been used for the latest form of total heating: infra-convectors.

Experience the warmth of invisible light

The infra-convectors radiate a comfortable warmth, which arises from infrared that is located in the invisible spectrum of light. The collection currently contains three designs: two freestanding models - a towel/ bathroom heat screen and a freestanding horizontal element - for creating extra heating for a living room or study. There also is a wall convector for spatial heating. The wall convector has been developed into a production model, the first two models are still prototypes. The models have a low use of power, taking sustainable use of energy into account. The models are slim, have a high efficiency rate and radiate a comfortable warmth, entirely in the spirit of the great works of the master of the Golden Age Rembrandt.

Dutch specialists

Designer Karel Bodegom took it as an art to connect function and design to this new developed technology in a refreshing way. And with great results. By combining materials and knowledge with the support of Van Ruysdael, Cosentino Group and the technical expertise and experience of the Pillen Group, the infra-convector-line now is ready for use. Rightfully a golden collaboration of Dutch specialists.



Interview Karel Bodegom in 'Den Haag Centraal' July 5, 2018


Masterly The Hague initiates a unique encounter between Dutch masters and contemporary designers. The The Hague interior architect and designer Karel Bodegom, like Rembrandt is fascinated by light.

Interior architect and designer Karel Bodegom has been working for bas van pelt interior architecture in The Hague since 1988. He consults for spaces within existing architecture and designs distinctive interior objects such as the trunk gas fire. Bodegom has a penchant for daylight, lamps and colour. For Masterly The Hague, curator Nicole Uniquole linked him to Rembrandt. Bodegom has been working together with her for years. He designed a light object 4.5 meters in height for in the stairwell of art dealer Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder. His preparations consisted of meticulous study of Rembrandt van Rijn’s work. In addition, he conferred several times with Willem Jan Hoogsteder, art expert and co-organiser of Masterly. Specifically, on the combination of art and light and the lighting of old colours.

About Rembrandt

Willem Jan Hoogsteder on Rembrandt: “He is called the master of light. Rembrandt suggests a great deal, more so than his predecessors. He experimented with the contrasts of light and dark, clair-obscure. It becomes evident in the Christ bust, the study of Christ in the permanent collection of Bredius. Light reflects on the most important parts whereas other parts in the shadow are omitted. The dark parts are slightly hazy encouraging us to complete the picture with our imagination. That is what renders the portraits so lifelike and artful; he was concerned with what is on the inside. Rembrandt taught us to look in a different way, at people with emotions and character.”

Light in Construction

Karel Bodegom calls the Christ bust a 300-year old selfie. “It looks like a self-portrait although I’m uncertain, but I see how it bears resemblance with the maker. Rembrandt’s greatest merit was his ability to create light in shadow”.

The intimacy in Rembrandt’s work also greatly appeals to him. The Christ bust painting cannot be moved from its fixed spot at the Bredius museum. “I wonder which feelings remain after having seen the Christ bust; what lingers? That is what I want to evoke with my design.” Bodegom thus created the light object naming it Light in Construction. An initial version was presented at the well-known Milan design exhibit last Spring. It is constructed of existing elements assembled in a unique manner. A low horizontal beam is attached to a high vertical column. These are steel scaffolding elements covered in a thin layer of gold spray. The spray was developed by Art & Metal. Construction joints hold the fluorescent lamps. “They needed to be fluorescent. This light swirls and is deflected which is only possible with gas discharged lamps, not with LED light bulbs. The scaffolding tubes are also a nod to the future. The Binnenhof will be fully scaffolded the coming years. “I thought of how I could lend it some cachet?” Laughing, “Now Hoogsteder can get accustomed to the view.”

Reorganising Spaces

Festival visitors can hardly avoid the light object. It will be placed in a corner of the stairwell at Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder. Bodegom describes the lamp as making an upward movement in the stairscase.

“To put it flippantly, you could pole dance around the lamp. It is a strong point of reference. Lighting technician Gregor van Egdom brings the light to life; het lets it breathe. Sometimes it will be lit up to 100%, at other moments the light will be reduced to 30%. It depends on the light coming through the windows around the staircase like  natural pillars of light. Using a computer program, it is easy to imitate the sun behind the clouds.” Bodegom relies on collaborations like the ones with van Egdom and his partner Stijn Hofstede.

“Rembrandt did not work alone” he laughs. “Just as Rembrandt caught the light in his paintings, I attempt to do the same with the spaces I want to reorganise. For private surroundings I want to suggest light as though you were outside. Preferably by lighting the darkest area to enhance the white.” He is knowledgeable on the effect of light within a space.

“It creates optimism, tension and theater; it enlivens the interior. We are reducing our spaces, we live in smaller quarters and lead an increasingly nomadic existence. The balance of light in a compact space is even more important than in a large space. It is intended that a chandelier of migratory glass birds is suspended in the stairwell. I very much look forward to the final result.”

About Masterly The Hague

Masterly The Hague takes place on Thursday 20 through Sunday, September 23rd. This new festival joins the Dutch masters with contemporary designers in an historic location. Visitors meet with the designers and the classic works that inspired them in the magnificent rooms of the three city palaces on the Lange Vijverberg.

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palazzo turati  - 17 t/m 22 april 2018

light in construction

Sturdy vibe in perfect detail

Interior architect Karel Bodegom captureslight in an innovative and functional design. Light in construction is a lighting object especially developed to serve as an indoor meeting point beacon in public spaces.

Original in form and function

Light in construction combines a Philips 830 fluorescent lamp with existing Layher scaffolding elements covered in a thin layer of gold spray.



palazzo turati - 4 t/m 9 april 2017

in style with 'de stijl'

the maison d’artiste tempts you to roam its idiosyncratic interpretation of mondrian’s studio in 'laren' around 1917. the studio holds a desk; a rendition of the escritoire in steel-tube frame by karel bodegom and licensed by thonet. the world’s oldest furniture brand thonet began experimenting with steel-tube frame furniture alongside  their wood frame production during the 'de stijl' movement. 

bodegom produced 3 variations on the secretaire. the first was made in wood veneer (1), with sleek and harmonious planes outlined by printer ink on cherry wood to reflect mondrian’s constructivism. the second is executed in the familiar primary colours (2) to evoke the imagery and the essence of mondrian while the last secretaire is covered with leather (3) and wool felt, as if crawling beneath mondrian’s skin. this is why the latter includes an ingeniously designed mechanical  door: a cabinet-secret.

all three desks together are an ode to mondrian’s first geometrical abstract paintings.

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