As I am at the beginning of my Product Design journey I decided to visit Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week (20th-22nd October). This was a great opportunity for me to gain first hand insight into contemporary design across multiple disciplines. Following my trip I feel extremely inspired and have been able to consider which areas of design I am most passionate about.
These are just a few pieces I saw which most interested me…
VanDaalen | Round Square
Inspired by soap bubbles in the air, this piece creates the illusion of a delicate bubble trapped within a frame. By combining the historical techniques of glass blowing and fine woodworking, Iris van Daalen and Ruben permanently fuse these two unique materials together. I love the way in which the sturdy frame gives the glass a fragile quality, suggesting its a protective casing.
Minanne De Vires | Curious Vase
I loved the concept of these double layer vases. They play with our inquisitive nature asking us to decide if we would rather destroy the outer layer and discover what’s hidden beneath, or forever remain curious as to what is hidden beneath. Is the beauty of this piece in the anticipation of the unknown? I feel having a concealed element stirs our imagination as we think about all the possible results we could unveil if we have the nerve to destroy the beautifully crafted outer shell.
Nynke Koster | Fragments of Time
Another range I was interested in was the ‘Fragments of Time’ stools. Each one draws influence from a different period in time. Although they appear to made from a solid material they are actually cast rubber allowing you to sit on a baroque ceiling or on the corner of a beautiful ornament. In these pieces Koster captures 3D memories, celebrating their historic inspiration.
Iwan Pol | Fluid Windows
In his graduate project Iwan Pol questions the very nature of walls. Rather creating a permanent barrier between spaces these fluid walls change, allowing us to vary the amount of privacy of light we let in. Pressure and body heat effects the liquid trapped inside the wall to become more or less opaque. I really like the idea of allowing users to engage with their environment, changing it through interaction.
Studio Rene Siebum | Wardrobe
I really enjoy the simplicity of Studio Rene Siebum’s Wardrobe. Not only is it a beautiful wooden wall piece, but it also allows users to convert any wall into a wardrobe. The moveable geometric shapes can be simply twisted to provide functional hooks, as well as adding interest and texture to the surface. Their hexagonal shape mean the modular pieces can the repeated endlessly to fit any space.
Margje Teeuwen & Erwin Zwiers | Proplamp
These textured lamps are inspired by crumpled paper and created using a recyclable non woven material. Every piece is unique and the nature of their material allows them to be reshaped multiple times. Every user can tailor the shape of their lamp to suit their needs, emitting more or less light. Again I like the way a functional object can be altered through interaction.
Marjan van Aubel | Current Window
The current window is one on the most exciting pieces I saw in Eindhoven. These contemporary stained glass windows are not only beautiful, but also use solar technology to charge phones.
“The amount of sunlight the earth receives in one day could power all our electrical appliances for an entire year…The question is how to capture and store it, and how to transport it to where and when it is needed.”
Van Audbel, M. 2014. The Current Table by Marjan van Aubel features a solar panel for charging mobile phones. Dezeen [Online]. March 11th [Accessed 12nd November 2015]. Available from: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/11/an-orange-glass-table-doubles-as-a-phone-charger-using-hidden-solar-panels/
Again this it an everyday product given a dual function. This is an excellent way of utlising natural light and decorating the home, while helping to reduce carbon emissions.
Tim van Cromvoirt | Thermophores
Unlike many of the other pieces which appealed to me at DDW, these heat responsive organism have no functional use. However I do like the way in which changes in their environment can effect the aesthetics of the piece. The hues evolve and change throughout the day as they react to temperature changes. They would constantly add interest to a room as they would continually alter.
Pieke Bergmans | Phenomenon Organic
I have always been inspired by the lights of Pieke Bergmans and the way in which they take on unusual forms. In these neon tubes she questions why neon lights always take on one shape or size. By varying the proportions of the tube the light glows brighter or dimmer depending on the width. This gives these irregular shapes a soft and mystical quality unlike their usual brash glare. They really push the boundaries of how aesthetically pleasing a fluorescent light can be.
Studio Sabine Marcelis | Voie Lights
Again the Voie lights are an investigation into light paths using neon lights. As the fluorescent tube interacts with cast polyester resin light is diffused and their colour is enhanced. Again this collection explores the relationship between two unique materials and how combining their properties can create and new effect. I find it fascinating how the addition of resin can soften their appearance and enhance their visual appeal.
Pepe Heykoop | Paper Vase Cover
This is a very simple product with a strong commercial appeal. This paper cover can be slipped over any vessel, and the geometric folds allow you to sculpt the vase into the shape of your choice. Every person to create a bespoke vase at a low cost, priced at only €12.50. This beautiful and contemporary interior product is also ethically made, produced in the Tiny Miracles workshop in Mumbai. Their ambition is to lift a small community from ‘very poor’ to ‘middle class’ within the next 7 years. As every customer creates a unique piece they develop a personal connection to their vase
Chris Kabel | Office Party
Another interesting lighting design i liked was Office Party, a system used to transform the mood in a room. This set of transparent garlands can be added to neon strip bulbs often found in offices. The colorful acetate is a simple and low cost way to instantly create a party atmosphere in a corporate space. As the lights emit vibrant hues the ambiance within the room changes, these components can be easily slid away once the party has finished.
Adrianus Kundert van Nieuwkoop | Ripening Rugs
Finally I loved Adrianus Kundert van Nieuwkoop’s ripening rugs and they way in which they celebrate the process of wearing. As these rug are worn, they gradually reveal hidden levels of beauty. They constantly evolve giving them a longevity. I love the way an item could mature, giving it a new life over time, rather than becoming threadbare and unwanted.
Within my personal practice I’m keen to explore interior product, especially items with a dual functionality. I’m particularly interested in increasing the life of an item by creating a product which continually evolves. For more exciting designs from Dutch Design Week visit my Pinterst Board