What: Lazy Nights @ DeKuS, with the spectacular introduction of the new high end super luxurious hammocks and hammock stands and other cozy lounge furniture. Also in da house: Tan Bun Skrati (also on Facebook), Daniel’s Deli, Cocktail Masters, fine wines, a DJ and more! Don’t be late, just be lazy!
When: August 15, 16 and 17, 2014. Every evening from 17:00-22:00 hrs
Where: Frederik Derbystraat 44, Paramaribo, Suriname
HOT SPOTS – DeKuS, Design en Kunst van Suriname [Design and Art from Suriname]
Those wanting to look at art in Suriname, have several venues to choose from. But … first you need to know that they exist! The most obvious spot is Readytex Art Gallery, a familiar address amongst art lovers for over twenty years now. But there is more, and SAX takes you along on a journey past the hot spots, the best locations when it comes to art! In this first edition: DeKuS, Design en Kunst van Suriname [Design and Art from Suriname] (website, also on Facebook). In July 2014 DeKuS celebrated her third birthday.
Owner/founder Annette Bijman is clear about it: “I do not pretend to be a gallery. I don’t organize vernissages; I don’t hold any exhibitions here. I work with a fixed group of people who have simply come across my path. Everything is a result of circumstance. I want to work only with nice people.” This she has succeeded in.
She works with among others Warda Marica, Janny Banssia, Debora Linga from Atelier Folo (on Facebook), Ken Doorson, Oscar Adogo, Tan Bun Skrati (also on Facebook), Matoekoe and Lloyd Strijder, to name a few.
The folder states: “DeKuS is a platform where Surinamese designers, photographers, artists and craftsmen offer their exceptional products.” While talking with Annette Bijman it becomes apparent that furniture forms the ‘core business’ of this charming art/crafts store, which indeed functions as a platform. Furniture with a sustainable character and a special charisma: certainly no standard benches and stools. Samba Furniture (on Facebook) has been visibly present right from the start. Sleek design, radiating warmth, made from hardwood harvested from the manmade lake called ‘stuwmeer’. There are also products from the Guyanese furniture company Liana Cane, and from the Surinamese company Sewa Furniture (also on Facebook). And of course, that unique table by Ken Doorson, from his furniture line Space is the place.
There are plans galore. The garden at the back of the store will be used for the Caribbean High Tea-happening. “DeKuS is also a location provider, for instance also for an After Work @ DeKuS-drink. Furthermore I want to create a separation between DeKuS Living and DeKuS Fashion. And we will also start spreading our wings towards the Caribbean.”
Except for ‘sustainability’ and ‘quality’, words like ‘dynamic’ and ‘original’ also apply to this location.
- DeKuS, Design en Kunst uit Suriname, Frederik Derbystraat 44, Paramaribo, +597 470 121 / (0)719 9461, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, website, also on Facebook | Open: Monday thru Friday 09:00-16:30 & Saturday 08:30-13:30
TEXT Marieke Visser, 2014
TRANSLATION Cassandra Gummels-Relyveld, 2014
Previously published in Sranan Art Xposed, nr. 9, April 2014