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Rossana Orlandi 2015: A look at lighting

Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:29:27 +0200

During the Milan design week Rossana Orlandi's gallery always provides a haven for young fresh design, a place where you can see a lot of exploration in crafts, stories and materials. With the courtyard as a center point of discussion and relaxation this hotspot always remains a must see during the week. This video focusses on the massive amount of lighting products seen in this years' exhibition.

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Mindcraft15 Milan design week

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:34:47 +0200

One of the most impressive installations of this years Milan design week was at Chiostro Minore di San Simpliciano in the heart of the city. The exhibition Minecraft15 presented some of the best contemporary artists and designers in an amazing setting created by Danish/Italian design studio GamFratesi who was also in charge of the curating. The floors of the cloister were covered with a reflective surface creating an ‘in between’ space which was this years’ theme.
‘We chose the theme “In Between” because it reflects the fact that Danish craftspeople and designers work in a field of tension in between mind and craft. This exhibition covers the full range of that span, including fully developed ideas, conceptual qualities and sublime artistic and technical accomplishments, coupled with a unique understanding of the materials,’


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Milan 2014, looking back on Tortona

Mon, 12 Jan 2015 20:28:31 +0100

This used to be everyone's favourite area of the Milan Design Week, Zona Tortona. But unfortunately due to the increased commercialism and the decline of the economy this place lost its critical eye for great design. Yet there are always a few highlights if you look hard enough. For instance this years' presentations by Moooi and Lasvit were some of the exceptions.

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Cohesion of Dutch Invertuals at DDW2014

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:05:43 +0100

This collection at the Dutch Design Week 2014 is all about Cohesion, in the broadest terms of course. Finding that correlation between objects, surfaces, materials and dimensions. The idea of a 'product' was abandoned and instead they focussed one element, a layer. Think of it as an experiment to be used in a future product or project. The projects are spread across the room with a strong grid on the floor separating them, following the grid in a way as they divide the space. Some works play with the 3d space such as studio Mieke Meijers carefully suspended Frames & Volumes in an exploded view, a play of reflection and light absorption. The work of Daphna Laurens plays with optical depth perception, moire and light with their 'Flat Light' lamp shades while Thomas Vailly & Laura Lynn Jansen take a more subtle approach with optical layers showing tension in their object only when touching it. In any case as always there were plenty of interesting experiments to see in a beautifully crafted exhibition amidst the craziness of the Dutch Design Week, usually one of the highlights for seasoned visitors.

Dutch Invertuals is a yearly changing collection of designers curated by Wendy Plomp. They present in their collections in their home town Eindhoven or during the Milan design week amongst places. In these specific curated and carefully crafted environments the designers to express their future experiments and explorations in material and shape within a very open theme.


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Modebelofte, Seductive Precursors

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:49:15 +0100

Modebelofte is a presentation of new fashion talents recently graduated from Dutch and international fashion institutions. Their experiments try to seduce us into their personal visions of the future of fashion. Most notable is the way it has been presented here, in its own little universe of suspended mannequins and dramatic lighting emphasising the silhouettes. This is the direct result of the partnership between visual designer Niek Pulles and experience designer Harm Rensink who were asked to design this exhibition.

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Collecting trash, the new resource

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:07:33 +0200

Sandra Suubi was known on campus as the girl who collected trash for her art with an aim to create beauty from waste. During the workshop (held in English) as part of Age of Wonderland, an event which focuses on sustainable social change, Sandra will guide participants in making instruments from recycled materials. Participants of all ages are welcome to join, just remember to bring your own trash. Suggestions include hard plastic buckets, pipes and bottle caps, metal pots and cans, flexible panels, glass bottles, beads, buttons or whatever the would-be performer desires. Concluding the week will be a jam session where participants can showcase their instruments and performance skills in their own way in a public concert. The workshop highlights not only making and music, but resourcefulness, possibilities and co-creation.

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Reusing plastic bags in the Anudando project

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:31:33 +0200

Discarded plastic bags are spun into fine yarns and then woven into textiles, a technique Michelle Baggerman developed during her graduation period at the Design Academy Eindhoven. By collaborating with Mexican social design organisation Anudando, textile items are made from plastic bag yarn together with craftspeople from regional parts of Mexico who specialise in weaving, crochet and basket making.

“The craftsmen we work with are extremely skilled and inventive,” tells Michelle. “By offering them a new material to work with, which can basically be collected from the streets, and taking a new perspective on the different products they make."

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Protective underwear

Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:27:49 +0200

Julia van Zanten decided to challenge the issue of the stigma related to incontinence, her inspiration, a family member who suddenly decided they didn't feel comfortable going on long walks with her.
“Practical solutions exist in the form of adult diapers, but these do nothing to address the emotional side of this common problem”
Julia created a washable textile underwear accompanied by washing elements and a campaign to bring awareness to the subject. The aim: to restore some dignity and a sense of security when leaving the home. Take a look and decide for yourself, is this something you'd rather wear then an adult diaper? Julia explains: “In the end it is not about the end product but the experience and conversation around its cycle of use leading to a change in perspective. Through this project I aim to provoke others to consider moments on the margins that could do with the same attention as our emphasis on designing chairs and lamps.”


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Imperfect Design

Tue, 07 Oct 2014 11:47:46 +0200

Imperfect Design pairs Dutch designers with craftspeople in emerging countries to produce handcrafted lifestyle products. Since Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe’s first collaboration with Imperfect Design in 2011, it’s been nothing short of a commercial success for Cantel, their collection of striking recycled glass vases made by glass blowers in Guatemala. The range of colors being limited only by what is available, as the production uses only recycled glass.

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Milan 2014 shorts: Brera and inner city of Milan

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 23:11:41 +0200

In this series of short looks at the Milan design week 2014 we take a look at the key events happening in the inner city of Milan and the Brera District.
Ecal took a different approach to the home automation trend. By taking on the subject with a bit of humor it's easy to realise how many solutions simply don't make much sense yet. The impressive thing is though that all the projects presented were fully functional such as the floating hand awaiting to open up the curtains for you, a willing spoon to follow your cup of coffee around and humming fruits combining taste and sound.
The new collection of Hay was also a favourite amongst visitors and journalists, bringing good design and making it accessible to a wider audience. And 2014 also marked the return of Maarten Baas to the Milan design week as well with his 'Baas is in town' show.


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NYCxDesign openings tour

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 22:09:50 +0200

A short compilation of what we saw during the NYCxDesign opening night. Most locations were conveniently located around the Soho area and this video gives a glimpse of what is currently going on in the American design scene.

Unfortunately the idea that 'high end' design should be made with materials such as copper, bronze, glass and shaped geometrically still is in the minds of the designers on this side of the pond. Is this because the 'market' demands it or a result of schooling? One thing can't be denied, the annual design week has definitely grown and matured in the last few years.

This video features works and exhibits by Decode, Knauf and Brown, IntroNY, ByAMT, RWB, TokyoBike, Lindsey Adelman, Monumental Moonmilk, Jenny Nordberg, Future Perfect, designjunction, sight unseen, l'arcobaleno, fab, Rosi, Li, Huy Bui, Moving Mountains, Amma studio, vitsoe, GT2P, Max Lamb.

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Panta Rei by Nacho Carbonell

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:29:24 +0200

This is the third video in our special Nacho Carbonell series featuring his latest projects.
Inspired by Italo Calvino ’s masterpiece ” The Invisible Cities ”, Nacho constructed a stylised village that hides within it a mechanism that is archaic and mysterious.
At the opposite end of the 'village' there is a glass block composed of several layers of geological sections which represent the months of the year in turn facing the village. At regular intervals the village suddenly shoots against the glass block destroying it slowly, layer by layer, bullet for bullet, creating a cycle of continuous transformation showing the influence of human nature in our landscape.
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Collective 2, Design Fair NY

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:09:05 +0200

Steven Learner walks us through Collective 2, Design Fair in New York. Collective is a unique fair in that it focusses solely on collecting design, something strangely missing in the long list of New York City fairs. The combined exhibitions of the Design Academy Eindhoven and Hella Jongerius were welcome as they bring a broader perspective to the whole. But also the variety of galleries enabled visitors to see both current, past and future trends in furniture design.
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Hypnopompic - Kustaa Saksi

Fri, 25 Apr 2014 03:10:50 +0200

This video takes a look at the process behind producing one of Kustaa Saksi's Hypnopompic rugs at the Textiel Museum in Tilburg. Saksi realised ‘Hypnopompic’; a series of eight vivid large-scale tapestries. Hypnopompic means the dreamlike state of consciousness filled with illusions that can occur between waking and sleeping. The brightly coloured pieces combine recognisable creatures and organic designs with surreal visualisations. A wide range of natural and synthetic materials, from viscose, lurex and metallic yarns, to alpaca wool and mohair, add extra depth. The wall hangings on display have all been developed and produced in the TextielLab.

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IMM D3 Talents 2014

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:36:10 +0100

Every year the IMM cologne fair picks their best up and coming designers for the D3 Contest. We take a look at our personal favourite designers selected as well as some of the winners of the 2014 contest.

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Design Miami 2013

Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:24:43 +0100

A tour of our favourite galleries and artists from the Design Miami 2013 show. Featuring Formlessfinder, Humans since 1982, Jon Stam, Julien Carretero, Guilherme Torres, Simon Heijdens, Nao Tamura, Wonderglass, Tahar Chemirik, Nacho Carbonell, Djim Berger, BSL, BCXSY, Wonmin Park, Nika Zupanc, Rossana Orlandi, Gijs Bakker, Reinier Bosch, Dominic Harris, Stuart Haygarth, Carpenters Workshop, Campana brothers, Studio Job, Maarten Baas, rAndom international.

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Object Rotterdam 2014

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 16:11:38 +0100

OBJECT is an art fair in Rotterdam presenting limited edition pieces in design, art and fashion. The location of this years' event was the "Rotterdam", a new building by architectural firm OMA (Rem Koolhaas). Visitors could wander through the vacant apartments on the 30th floor and see the design labels combined with the spectacular views of the city.
Featuring the works of: Kranen / Gille, rENs, Prooff, Makkink & Bey, Functionals, Beeldenstorm, EKWC, House of Ababa, Lex Pott.


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Das Haus of Louise Campell

Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:24:58 +0100

Das Haus – interiors on stage is the simulation of a home at the IMM 2014. Every year a designer is invited to create a their vision of a home according to their personality. Louise Campbell created a structure of two overlapping barns with a footprint of 240 m2 and made of wooden beams, larch shingles and many different fabrics.
She designed “Das Haus” as a home “for him and her, for slow and fast, soft and hard, light and dark, colour and material, British and Scandinavian – with a tranquil space in the middle where everything fits together with some quirks, but no conflicts. And in this case, “him and her” doesn’t just mean male and female, but the masculine and feminine side within each and every one of us.


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The High Line

Sat, 15 Feb 2014 14:13:40 +0100

The High Line is a public park built on a 1.45-mile-long elevated rail structure running from Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street on Manhattan's West Side. The High Line used to be a freight rail line, in operation from 1934 to 1980. It carried meat to the meatpacking district, agricultural goods to the factories and warehouses of the industrial West Side, and mail to the Post Office.

The High Line design is a collaboration between James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead), Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and planting designer Piet Oudolf.


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Bagatti Valsecchi 2.0

Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:56:37 +0200

Two Landlords and two Ladies, plus a magnificent Mansion have created an Exhibition that opens up a dialogue between past and present trends. Like one would do with a flower composition, 16 artists display their pieces in an untouched environment of blissful past beauty developed over the centuries by a generous family who later wished to share their home with everyone.

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Dirk van der Kooij and A. Raymond (confrontations series)

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 17:50:41 +0200

Dirk van der Kooij collaborated with A. Raymond to create a new modular system with which you can create objects from a chair to a lighting system.

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Confrontations with Wieki Somers and chocolatier Rafael Mutter

Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:04:18 +0200

Wieki Somers and Rafael Mutter created this chocolate slicer, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s chocolate grinder. Each block of chocolate weighs over 100 kg, and when thinly sliced they reveal patterns in the form of African bobo (cocoa pickers believe they have special powers for a good harvest) masks

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Confrontations with Formafantasma and Doris Wicki

Tue, 17 Jul 2012 11:04:49 +0200

Formfantasma takes a closer look at charcoal, it's ancient uses, the good and bad properties of the material. For this they created a number of experiments in the confrontations series together with charcoal burner Doris Wicki, one of the last artisans who still produce vegetable charcoal through slow combustion of wood. This project is part of the confrontations series held in the Vitra Design museum.

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Confrontating 2012 architecten and Vitra

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:49:31 +0200

2012Architecten were invited to design and build with the almost perfect production waste from Vitra Factory.

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Confrontations with Lucas Maassen and Roche

Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:05:43 +0200

For this project Lucas used a synthesized version of his parents' DNA to visualize a crystal, in a way creating a new piece with his origins. Lobmeyer then produced 1100 handmade reproductions of this crystal and Lucas' had his parents construct a chandelier out of them during a live performance at the Vitra design museum at art Basel 2012.

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Mon, 28 May 2012 23:27:50 +0200

One of the many brands launched this year in Milan is New Duivendrecht. Founded by Frederik Roijé and Victor le Noble, the brand is a manufacturer of contemporary furniture by Dutch designers. The main goal being to make high quality products which are both sustainable as well as innovative. All of the pieces are produced locally in the Netherlands.

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Wed, 23 May 2012 00:21:09 +0200

Presented during the Milan design week 2012, ‘Contemporary perspectives in Middle Eastern Crafts’ explores a new realm in design. Expanding on traditional crafts with the input of a new generation of contemporary designers. Specialized techniques by artisans from the Middle East were re-imagined to create new works for the exhibition.

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La Chance presents Jeckyll & Hyde

Tue, 15 May 2012 15:24:26 +0200

Louise and Jean-Baptiste started this new furniture and lighting company. It produces all products in Europe in human-sized factories. These design enthusiasts aim to show what their vision is of French design while keeping the products more warm and towards uninhibited luxury instead of cold and conceptual. Not all designs are made by the French as they have sought out great talented designers throughout the world to develop products for them, ranging from Italy, the Netherlands to Israel and the US.

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Dutch invertuals in Milan 2012

Wed, 09 May 2012 23:08:46 +0200

By conducting research and experiments the Invertuals have transposed the theme of vulnerability onto contemporary designs. Balance, delicacy, curiosity and transience were sources of inspiration. “Almost unnoticed we have shaped a society without danger. Nevertheless things happen to us we can’t control. ‘Untouchables Retouched’ is a visual dialogue about re-balancing and re-valuating the beauty of vulnerability.” Dutch Invertuals is a collective of individual designers who are always in search of the limits of their profession. They present pieces that reflect their contemporary viewpoints in images, objects, materials, insights and stories. Participants: Daphna Laurens, Edhv, Mieke Meijer, Raw Color, Jetske Visser, Jeroen Wand, Maurizio Montalti, Kirstie van Noort, Susana Camara & Mike Thompson, Adrien Petrucci, Paul Heijnen.

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Inflatable lightbulbs by Nacho Carbonell

Sun, 06 May 2012 11:33:35 +0200

Inspired by the four classical elements, earth, air, fire and water, Nacho Carbonell has incorporated subtle references to these through the design of his hand made lightbulb. In an ingenious way, water in the bulb creates a sea-like light reflection from the light source, (the representation of fire) into the environment where the bulb is placed. Additionally, the user can interact with the lightbulbs size by pumping air into the lightbulb, another reference to an element.
This in turn changes the reflection of the water in the bulb. Be it by inflating or by pouring, hanging or floating, this lightbulb demands from us that we play with it and define how we would like to use it, and always with subtle references to the earth, air, fire and water.

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Karimoku's New Standard

Wed, 02 May 2012 02:27:28 +0200

Karimoku new standard collaborates with emerging international designers focussing on high quality craftsmenship combined with contempory design. The products are predominantly made of solid Japanese hardwoods such as maple, chestnut and oak. The collection was presented in a 100 year old aparatment in Milan during the salone di mobile 2012. In addition to existing products, 9 prototypes were also exhibited. Designers like Scholten & Baijings, Big game, Sylvain willenz, Lucien Gumy and the Karimoku design team were shown in the 4 rooms of this apartment.
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Sat, 28 Apr 2012 16:53:07 +0200

The organic reference is explicit on the light designed by Studio Formafantasma which looks as if a traditional bulb has been stopped in the process of transforming into a leaf. Unusually asymmetrical the light is meant to be use as a single piece or as a flock of glowing leafs.
With the limited edition the organic world is not anymore only a formal reference. As a continuation of the previous work of the studio ‘Botanica’, the vessel of the bulb is produced with a 19th century material re-developed by Formafantasma composed by a polymer extracted from insect excrement that colonize trees mixed with wood powder.
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Pieke Bergmans light blubs

Sat, 17 Dec 2011 18:33:03 +0100

Blub – the name is as distinctive as Pieke Bergmans’s lighting objects themselves. A new population of rudimentary creatures with their own distinctive character seems suddenly – blub! – to take over the room. Bergmans’s clever work seems to have been created in passing, by intuition and on impulse, while in reality it is the result of keen observation and structured experimentation.

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Rogier van der Heide, design with light

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 10:40:02 +0100

Rogier van der Heide is a lighting designer whose creativity knows no bounds. Working in partnership with others, he achieves breathtaking results. His luminous costumes stole the show at the Black Eyed Peas’ Paris concert, and his lighting added an extra dimension to Zaha Hadid’s Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi. Van der Heide makes use of the latest techniques, but always in a subtle manner and in combination with craftsmanship and a fine sense of design.

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Piet Hein Eek and the Factory

Tue, 13 Dec 2011 14:27:51 +0100

Piet Hein Eek’s new production location, which he calls “the factory”, manifests his intention not only to design and produce objects but to give the whole trajectory a characteristic public dimension. With his ability to direct the design process all the way from the germ of an idea through the encounter between product and user while providing it with a context, Eek occupies a unique position in the Netherlands. The factory is Eek’s ultimate design to date.

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Monique van Heist, Hello Fashion

Sun, 11 Dec 2011 15:27:33 +0100

The atelier, the shop and the closet: within this magic triangle, Van Heist seeks and finds fashion’s nuances. Hellofashion is an ongoing investigation into the ideal wardrobe, which Van Heist conducts in her own eccentric yet well-founded way. Introspection, playfulness and evolution combine to result in a highly successful total design from the heart. This fashion collection for all seasons radiates fun and virtuosity.

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Matthijs Munnink, Microscopic opera

Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:36:51 +0100

The Microscopic Opera installation makes minuscule organisms visible and gives each one its own sound. It's a marvelous example of an exciting collaboration between science, design and art. The work allows the viewer/listener to enter the living environment of microscopic worms. Munnik renders the invisible visible and poses questions about how we engage with the natural world and about our position as human beings.

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Hans Gremmen, A new representation of photography

Thu, 08 Dec 2011 12:48:23 +0100

Hans Gremmen’s books and projects are compelling because of their keen sense of contemporary developments in photography. For instance, he made The Mother Road, a film about Route 66, out of a sequence of Google Street View images. Gremmen’s designs are of a high quality, clear and effective. He is continuing the Dutch tradition of the photo book but taking it a step further.

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Ester van de Wiel, edible landscapes

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 13:25:08 +0100

Ester van de Wiel has expanded the notion of the designer’s role by setting herself up as a project initiator and curator. On the basis of extensive preliminary studies, she designs frameworks for interventions in public space and invites designers and artists to respond within their parameters. Through this method of working, she inhabits an in-between position as a designer and creates space for an essential deepening of the design profession.

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Waag society on open design

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 12:20:43 +0100

For years, Waag Society has been the chief proponent of open design in the Netherlands. The organisation plays a pioneering role, identifying, studying and fostering possibilities by initiating projects such as the Open Design Lab and making possible places like Fablab Amsterdam and the Dialogue Café. Waag Society helps people to imagine new possibilities in design, manufacturing and the use of objects. Sharing information and data means sharing culture. Open design is the future!

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Catalog Tree, money and speed touch docu

Mon, 05 Dec 2011 13:42:24 +0100

The TouchDoc Money & Speed is the first iPad documentary to make complex processes and data understandable in a cogent way. Its interface design is effective and gives users a new way of exploring information. Catalogtree has not only done pioneering work but has set a high bar for future TouchDocs with this design.

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Bart Hess

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 12:03:46 +0100

Bart Hess is a designer for tomorrow. He combines fashion, textiles, video art and photography in a surrealist manner. A bit of plastic begins to move, and watery slime becomes the fabric of a dress for Lady Gaga. With his fascination for the human body and the manipulation thereof, Hess influences other designers and pushes the boundaries of the textile design profession.

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Mine sweeper

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:10:03 +0200

During his childhood in Afghanistan, Massoud Hassani would make toys to be blown by the wind. Sometimes they would end up in a minefield, where he could not retrieve them. Now Massoud’s wind-powered creations are re-designed specifically for clearing minefields.

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DMY Exhibition overview 2011

Sun, 07 Aug 2011 17:11:44 +0200

Overview video of the main exhibition hall at the DMY Festival 2011 held earlier this year. Includes works by ESAD de Strasbourg, Lund university, Manufactory, Platform 10 of the RCA, Yiannis Ghikas, Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau, DMY Makerlab, Fabien Dumas, Ett la Benn, E27.

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Nanna van Blaaderen: Species

Tue, 02 Aug 2011 22:29:27 +0200

In her ‘Species’ knitted collection, Nanna van Blaaderen allowed herself to be guided by the idea of offering an alternative for animal skins as a fashion and interior product. Fascinated by the beauty and diversity of the animal kingdom, she designed a series of knitted fabrics that represent the coats and markings of various animal species in their three-dimensional tactility and textures. She drew inspiration from images of animals and animal skins. She elaborated her ideas for the ‘Jaguar’, ‘Zebra’, ‘Cat’, ‘Zebra back’, Giraffe’ and ‘Scale’ knits at the machine.

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Knitting 3d patterns by Borre Akkersdijk

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:08:42 +0200

Borre Akkersdijk, who graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven last year, worked in the TextielLab to produce knitted textiles that are padded with a filler thread. The result is a range of ‘stuffed’ garments, including trousers, a parka, a cape and a jacket. When the pattern components emerge from the machine they are ready-made.
The fabric’s patterns are derived from an old kilim, which had belonged to a favourite aunt who recently died. This rug was woven by hand, so it exhibits crooked lines, irregularities and the marks of age, features that Borre imitated in the digital conversion. It is like his personal signature in an otherwise industrial product.
Borre Akkersdijk experimented with the production of thickly padded knits on the large circular knitting machine in the TextielLab. The machine was specially fitted with so-called padding mangle for this project, making it possible to produce knits that are padded out with filler threads. The investigation focused on the knitting of lengths of cloth in which the pattern components are filled out. The edges of each section remain attached, so the padding remains inside when the pattern components are cut from the base. Finishing is no longer necessary.
The first test, with just a sleeve, pointed in the right direction immediately. He then carried out colour tests on the actual pattern, a hand-drawn kilim motif. How do the colours mix together and to what extent must they vary and follow the pattern? He eventually decided to knit the garments in colour mixes, because this renders the fabric more lively and exciting.
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Font of the loom

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:57:21 +0200

Bertjan Pot presents his new tablecloths today for the textile museum in Tilburg. was commissioned to make this ‘making of’ movie of his project ‘Font of the loom’ which takes us through his process of designing a typeface that could be weaved with pixel precise fabric bonds.

Bertjan chose to use a series of texts downloaded from wikipedia and used those to weave the tablecloths with. At first view the tablecloths look a little mundane but when you look closer you’ll see biographies of Michael Jackson or a detailed description of what a Haiku is. The most important thing is, according to Bertjan, not the content of the texts but the actual letter and with this project he tries to bring across the beauty of typography with technical precision.

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behind the scenes at atelierdorp

Wed, 11 May 2011 18:31:06 +0200

A rare look into the process of setting up an exhibition, something thats usually not done until a few hours before opening up to the public.

Atelierdorp is an unconventional and almost incidental collective of designers who feel united by design. For the second year in a row, the young designers present a group exhibition of their personal work. As they have moved their studios to a new location in the centre of Eindhoven, they invite you to have a closer look at their work and the place where it has been created. Atelierdorp opens its doors.

In their new headquarters, Atelierdorp shows how different styles can co-exist without conflict, how multiple identities grow and how a community proves its importance in a world ruled by the individual.

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Botanica by Formafantasma

Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:00:09 +0200

Formafantasma was recently commissioned by Plart, to create their own interpretation of the polymeric materials. As many of our daily objects come from oil/plastic they will remain relevant as we move forward to alternatives. Andrea and Simone take a closer look into the history of polymers which goes back centuries in the forms of resins and other methods of preserving.

Botanica is the resulting project, the objects displayed in the collection are designed as if the oil- based era, in which we are living, never took place. The designers researched and hunted for information, digging into the 18th and 19th centuries, when scientists began experimenting draining plants and animals in search for plasticity.

With botanica, studio formafantasma offers a new perspective on plasticity, reinterpreting centuries old technology lost in mass production of oil derivatives.

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Achille is watching us

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 18:04:31 +0200

Achille is watching us is a self-initiated project brought to you by Matylda Krzykowski from the personal design blog Mat&Me and Marco Gabriele Lorusso from creative collective Made in Design Studio. The Achille is watching us exhibition, a presentation of personal objects from various international designers.

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Drawing Machine by Eske Rex

Mon, 18 Apr 2011 23:46:48 +0200

This renaissance inspired, pendulum drawing machine was on display at Mindcraft 11, the Danish crafts exhibit at ventura lambrate. The machine has a installation type appeal that will draw (in the right artistic hands) the most amazing rhythmic pen drawings.
The machine starts off by manually setting the distance of one of the pendulums and then starting the second one. This technique of using weights and pendulums was invented in the renaissance and was applied in the so-called Harmonograph.

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Creative workplaces of Eindhoven

Fri, 25 Feb 2011 16:54:06 +0100

A quick tour of some of the large workspaces of creatives in Eindhoven

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Tokyo LLove hotel

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 17:22:43 +0100

We recently visited the LLove hotel in tokyo, a project created by Suzanne Oxenaar, artistic director of the Dutch hotel LLoyd in Amsterdam. The exhibition consisted of several guest rooms created by both Dutch and Japanese designers to celebrate the 400 years of trade and cultural relations Netherlands and Japan have.
The hotel featured rooms designed by Jo Nagasaka, Richard Hutten and Pieke Bergmans amongst others, with each room having the designers signature feel added to it from the furniture to the walls. And the nice part that if you really love the room you could even book a night for it while there.
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A talk with Polka

Mon, 06 Dec 2010 02:08:28 +0100

YDN designguide talks to Polka, a Viennese design label started in 2004 by Monica Singer and Marie Rahm. Matylda Kryzkowski travels with us to the studio for an interview and talks about their latest projects and products.

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Yuri Suzuki interview

Tue, 23 Nov 2010 11:06:04 +0100

A quick chat with Yuri Suzuki, maker of visual sound devices. He recently exhibited several pieces together with UK designer Oscar Diaz at the Designtide exhibition in Tokyo. Yuri talks us through some of his recent projects as well as a brief history of his work process.

please take a look on his website, for an extensive overview of his sound devices designs and projects. One of which is the Barcode book which can be seen here on

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Tokyo Designers Week, Designtide

Wed, 17 Nov 2010 12:33:22 +0100 makes its way down to Tokyo for the design week, on our first stop we check out the Designtide exhibition hosted at the Tokyo Midtown building. As always the quality of the works of the domestic and international designers here is outstanding, showing both prototypes as well as products open to new distribution channels. We talk with Maarten Baptist of Joine about his lucky love chair and Nosigners new material, the magnetic pearl.

This episode of features the works of:
Daisuke Motogi, Generate design, Yota Katuda, Maarten Baptist, Naoki KawaMoto, Kwangho Lee, Emmanuelle Moureaux, Nosigner, Live for sweets, Oscar Diaz, I2A3, Jaime Hayon, Tani Matsumura, Kamide Choemon-Gama

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Lucas Verweij DMY Maker Lab walkthrough

Mon, 18 Oct 2010 10:55:49 +0200

we take a tour of the Maker Lab and other DIY projects at DMY Berlin with design critic Lucas Verweij

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Vienna Design Week 1

Wed, 13 Oct 2010 13:34:06 +0200 visits the Vienna Design Week 2010. In this first episode we take an overview tour of some of our favorite exhibits of the festival. A large collection of italian master designers' light designs was shown at the Bulb Fiction exhibition at Klaus Engelhorn's Depot. The work of young studios such as Polka, Driftdesign and Mischer'Traxler was mixed in forming an interesting view on classic and new lighting design.

The Lichtingstein Museum invited three international design teams to create an exhibition under the motto of table culture. Claesson Koivisto Rune worked with manufacturer Lobmeyer and Wiener Silber to create a simple modern product in an opulant staging. Rianne Makkink and Jurgen Bey looked into the history of sugar. And architects/designers Olgoj Chorchoj offered a flashback into one's childhood.

The Freiraum at the Museumsquartier asked well known artists to produce design pieces under the label AK7. The label seeks to be active at the interface between art and design and was produced by Tyrolean craft enterprises according to classical craftsmanship techniques, to be sold at 7 pieces each.

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Inga Sempé interview

Mon, 11 Oct 2010 00:49:23 +0200

on our first day at the vienna design week we visited a 'Why Design' talk with Inga Sempé. In 2000 she opened her own design studio in Paris, where she worked with Italian firms like Cappellini and Edra. 
After seeing almost all the projects we were interested in the person behind the designs. Matylda Krzykowski did a quick talk with her after the lecture.


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Objects with a void

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 19:20:04 +0200

Designguide visited objects with a void and a quick talk with Tetsuo of Study O Portable about the exhibit. ;Void is a term commonly considered useless, but in design, this often overlooked aspect plays a vital role.

Intentional or coincidental, voids in objects have the power to define the function and aesthetics of the objects. It's a dismissed yet integral part of design that captivates our imagination.
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Lichting 2010 fashionshow

Sun, 03 Oct 2010 19:10:29 +0200

The concept of ‘Lichting’ is simple: the best academy graduates of one year in 1 central catwalk show. In the audience are the 700 most important people for the next step in their careers: fashion journalists and influential stylists, ready to spot the next big thing; CEO’s and design managers on the look-out for talent; and the all-important players-behind-the-scenes, all eager to see what the nation’s academies have brought forth this year.
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Jerszy Seymour Design workshop

Fri, 17 Sep 2010 07:14:55 +0200

A while ago we had the chance to meet up with Jerszy in central Berlin and take a tour through his design office. Matylda Krzykowski interviews Jerszy Seymour for this latest episode of This conversation digs deeper into his working methods and origins as well his very riverlike future plans. 
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Extended gallery tour DMY Berlin

Tue, 13 Jul 2010 13:35:21 +0200

Open studios and satellite exhibitions in galleries open their door to the DMY public all over Berlin. YDN designguide takes a look at a small selection with work ranging from the ECAL to Materials Utopia which invited visitors to create their own piece with some chewing gum and colorings.

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Max Lamb's Shelter installation

Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:49:52 +0200

YDN takes a look at Max Lamb's installation, Shelter, produced for Johnson Trading Gallery. It was created by hand in Miami a few weeks ahead of the exhibition, using rudimentary tools as a way to carve out the shape. The shelter is meant to visitors a structure to hide and feel safe in as well as an insight into Max's youth.

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DMY Youngsters

Sun, 27 Jun 2010 17:07:04 +0200

Young talented designers and students were the focus of this years DMY Youngsters exhibition. Many of the works were quite experimental or research driven resulting in interesting ideas and shapes for these new makers.

Featuring the works of:
Polceramix, Daniel Schulze, De Intuitiefabriek, My bauhaus is better than yours, Ecole des arts Strasbourg, Labelobjet, About studio, Temporary collective Arnhem, Bas van Raay, Le Lab, Rui Alves, Pepe Heykoop and Joon & Jung

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Rumkugelbahn by Mischer'traxler

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 18:02:39 +0200

This interesting title loosely translates to Rum ball course, which refers to the chocolate rum ball which travels down a route taking you for a preview of the Vienna Design week taking place this October.

The Vienna Design Week Embassy (fancy title!) presents this work of Vienna design couple Mischer'Traxler during the DMY festival in Berlin.
text from the dmy:
"The ball path is a reminisence of Vienna's Prater and its typical sweet and candies. Feel invited to join this years 's festival October 1- 10th. On display are products by Breaded Escalope, Casali, Marco Dessi, Dottings, Max Lamb, J.&L. Lobmeyr, Mühlbauer, Augarten, POLKA, Posenanski, RiessKELOMAT, Adrien Rovero, Robert Rüf, soda designers, Vösslauer, Wittmann"

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DMY Awards 2010

Wed, 16 Jun 2010 17:54:58 +0200

And the winners are…

Three out of ten – On Friday, June 11 the DMY Award winners were announced at the evening Award Ceremony. The winners are For use/numen: Tape Installation, Daphna Isaacs & Laurens Manders: Tafelstukken and EPFL+ECAL Lab: Give me more.

The jury members Jerszy Seymour, Hella Jongerius, Jurgen Bey, Werner Aisslinger and Patrick Reymond were impressed by the experimental approach of the Austro-Croatian designers For use / numen who created an architectural socializing place with a very simple material: tape. They acknowledged the close collaboration between designers and engineers within the Swiss research institute EPFL + ECAL Lab who showed augmented reality scenarios combining analogue materials and digital applications pointing to charming ways of designing and living in the near future.

Awarding Daphna Isaacs & Laurens Manders, Hella Jongerius as a representative of the jury, pointed out that Berlin stands out in terms of research, experimenting and prototyping but it is also important to acknowledge the finishing of products and that is why the jury chose this accomplishment of a very tactile and nicely functioning product. Congratulations!

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DMY All stars overview

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 00:47:02 +0200

The All stars exhibition, located at the central exhibition space of DMY at Tempelhof airport is the professional side of the festival. It shows work by established companies and organisations that have items ranging from furniture to accesories and even architectural work.

Featuring the works of:
Freedom of creation, Taiwan arts council, Post fossil, Fidu (Oscar Zieta), Florian Krautli, Adrien Rovero, Pour les alpes, Centro metropolitano de diseno, Ulli Budde

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DMY Opening 2010 Berlin

Fri, 11 Jun 2010 10:51:12 +0200

YDN presents DMY Festival 2010, as the first video in this DMY series we give a short impression of the events that took place on the opening night.

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Yii Design

Sat, 29 May 2010 16:30:50 +0200

Yii, started by the Taiwan Craft Research Institute to stimulate a more creative conversation between Taiwanese designers and traditional craftsmen.

It's quite interesting to see Asia is picking up on conceptual design and generating their own designers and it will be a good place to keep an eye out for the future design stars.

Through the magic of skype, Gijs Bakker was able to closely involved in the process with his role as creative director. They chose to stick to Taiwanese designers instead of bringing in Westerners.

The collection revolves around 3 main themes, Inspired by Nature, Cultivation and Sustainability. It's the result of 15 designers working together with 20 master craftsmen and went on show at the salone di mobile at the Triennale of Milan.

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Swarovski Crystal Palace 2010

Tue, 25 May 2010 15:19:18 +0200

The Crystal Palace was a favorite amongst the Salone's visitors this year.
It was a place to get inspired in the theatrics of light and crystal with the help of the designers who each created their own world inside a room.

Featuring works of Tokujin Yoshioka, Yves Behar, Gwenael Nicolas, Rogier van der Heide, Vincent van Duysen and some works from previous years.

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Design to save the world

Sun, 23 May 2010 17:22:33 +0200

During the salone del mobile in Milan, Droog presented their Saved by Droog collection which was based on 5135 items bought at liquidation sales. They asked 14 designers to reinterpretate the objects and turn these discarded products into newly wanted products.

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Ventura Lambrate in Milano 2010

Sun, 25 Apr 2010 21:33:54 +0200

YDN Designguide takes you on a tour through a selection of Ventura Lambrate. The new exciting area of the Salone in Milan thats taken 2 years to mature to what it is today. As a reaction to the never ending cocktail openings and masses of drunk italians in Zona tortona, Organisation in Design decided to gather some of the best designers and collectives in a new area of Milan.
text from the organisation:
"The goal with Ventura Lambrate is to offer the international design world a new area in Milan, where the focus will once again be on the quality of the presentations, the substance of the exhibitors and the content of the works. With space for renowned established designers, emerging young designers, creative labels, interesting initiatives, small surprises and exciting presentations. The aim is to make Ventura Lambrate an area where both the press and the public are positively challenged by qualitative presentations, interesting exhibitions and new designs."
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Milan 2010: Spazio Rossana Orlandi

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 20:29:43 +0200

YDN Designguide takes a look at the new projects exhibited at the Spazio Rossana Orlandi gallery, always a favorite amongst the Milan Design week visitors. Some of the projects like the animals by Frederique Morrel really caught our attention. There's always a high number of projects from the Design academy Eindhoven but more often these days we see projects from other schools such as the Konstfack from Sweden as well. BCXSY took their inspiration to Japan and worked together with craftsman on their new "origins" project. And Formafantasma showed their new adventure in the Autarky exhibition found in the basement of the gallery. video by

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Established and Sons 2010 Milan overview

Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:03:04 +0200

YDN Designguide presents the 2010 collection of Established & Sons, first shown in Milan. We speak to Martino Gamper and Scholten en Baijings about their new work.

text from Established & Sons:
"In Milan 2009 Established & Sons created an enclosed
and concealed environment to display the collections,
visitors were forced to enter into a ‘shanty’ or ‘township’
installation to discover the products. In 2010, Established
& Sons’s latest and highly impactful concept will be quite
the opposite."

2010 also marks the year that Established & Sons launches Estd, a new collection of exceptional objects with practical use. This is an own-label collection by Established & Sons.

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Nacho Carbonell Diversity, opening of the exhibition

Wed, 14 Apr 2010 22:00:53 +0200

In the new “Diversity” series, Carbonell takes twenty iterations of the same form – a slender-legged chair attached to a narrow, covered desk – and creates distinct finishes for each with the result suggesting a demographically diverse neighborhood. One is coated in “hair filaments” that can be combed and groomed; another in shards of broken glass from used wine bottles; and, yet another in a granular concrete coating. Arrayed in the vast and opulent 625 square meter exhibition space at the Palazzo Ferre, the works seem almost processional.

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Nacho Carbonell, Diversity (preview)

Tue, 13 Apr 2010 15:16:35 +0200 was invited to follow the process of Nacho Carbonell's new work: Diversity at his studio in Eindhoven.

This is the single largest body of new work ever shown by Carbonell and will debut a broad array of recently created finishes made from gravel, thorns, resins, broken glass, monofilaments, and others. The Diversity” series is being shown at the Palazzo Ferre, a space otherwise used exclusively for Gianfranco Ferre’s fashion shows, in conjunction with the Salone di Mobile, and will be on view from April 14 , 2010 throughout the month.

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Continue Time - Kinetic artwork clock

Sat, 10 Apr 2010 17:17:14 +0200

YDN was recently commissioned to produce this video of Sander Mulders' Continue Time clock. We show to process of building the clock to the final product.

Here's a text about the history of the clock from the designer:
"Our office clock fell, causing the minutes- and second pointer to come off and they were just laying in the transparent cover. Witnessing the random patterns that occurred while the hour pointer still rotated, the concept for the Continue Time was born.
On this Continue Time clock, two out of the three pointers rotate around another pointer, instead of the central point on the clock face, as with traditional clocks. The resulting kinetic artwork, and fully functional clock, is continuously changing its shape during a full rotation of twelve hours."
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Tidal Ossuary

Sat, 20 Mar 2010 18:14:49 +0100

YDN design guide recently visited the Tidal Ossuary exhibition commissioned by Gallery Libby Sellers at Design Miami.

explanation courtesy Gallery Libby Sellers :
Tidal Ossuary continues Lohmann and Grundmanns investigations into the contradictions inherent in our relationship to animals as sources of food and materials. The series of small, covetable vessels have been made from found animal bones, collected on the banks of the River Thames. Lohmann and Grundmanns sensitive handling of the materials and exquisite attention to detail have restored the discarded bones into beautiful objects of use and worth.

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Copenhagen Showhow, positive sustainability

Wed, 17 Mar 2010 09:22:23 +0100

YDN Design talks to Frederikke Aagaard, curator of the Copenhagen Showhow. Exploring how environmental and social design and innovation are realized in concrete projects. from the micro to the mega. It will demonstrate that it is possible to produce design solutions that create positive social, environmental and economic change while continuing to delight the senses.
SHOWHOW will present a positive message and demonstrate that engaging with social and environmental issues is a creative and life-changing experience for us all.

Featuring the works of:
WEM3, Noir, Thomas Traxler, Munio, Sort of coal, We:Do:wood, Biomega, Triobike, Aarhus School of Architecture, Danish Design School, Kolding Design School, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

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Formafantasma: Moulding Traditions

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 09:02:46 +0100

Simone & Andrea took inspiration in the history of a small city in Sicily, Caltagirone. The little town, famous for its ceramics and local tradition, has over 300 craftsmen working in the city. As an iconic base and as inspiration they used one of the most famous traditional Sicilian artworks "Teste id moro" referring to the vases which show the face of a native African. The once conquering Moors returned several centuries later as immigrants, leaving behind an ever changing mix of traditions and materials to be absorbed as culture. The duo rethought the iconic vase and added their own design touch during their Masters at the Design Academy Eindhoven. The distant worlds of artifacts and illegal immigration began to blur together revealing unusual correlations. This resulted in several objects in the "Moulding Tradition" collection.

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Maarten Baas, designer of the year 2009

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 15:25:35 +0100

YDN designguide visits Maarten Baas at his retrospective exhibition in Miami. At just 31 years old, he managed to change the general view on design by constantly rethinking the design process and introducing new disciplines to his work. The organization of design/miami recognized this and awarded him the prestigious Designer of the year award. The exhibition had an overview of his work as well as several live performances of his Real-time project. Maarten also took this moment to create one of his most difficult pieces to date, the Shell cabinet.

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Creating the afterlife

Wed, 14 Oct 2009 00:32:51 +0200

Afterlife explores the possibility of transforming the body of a deceased person into a battery to be used by loved ones. The project shows several uses of this battery in a the lapse of time exhibition which launched in September 2009. YDN talks to James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, the the two instigators of this concept named Afterlife.

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A talk with Arik Levy in Berlin

Sat, 03 Oct 2009 15:46:13 +0200 presents an interview with Arik Levy
Matylda Krzykowski talks with Arik Levy about the future of design, uncomfortable chairs and love.

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Experimenta Design 09: Lapse in Time

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 16:30:27 +0200

YDN Design Guide travels to Lisbon, Portugal for the Experimenta Design Festival 2009. Our first visit there is the Lapse in Time Show curated by Hans Maier-Aichen. Lapse in time highlights several young designers who have chosen to explore something new, on the crossroads of design, thought, science, environmental concerns and cultural exchange.

Short quote from the show "In an increasingly global production scenario, speed and acceleration are synonymous with “added value”. Eager to maximize cost-effectiveness, mainstream production is reduced to churning out irrelevant variations on existing models, old ideas with a revamped look."

Featuring works of: Constantin & Laurene Boym (us), Eric Klarenbeek (nl), Jason Miller (us), Jerszy Seymour (de), Julien Carretero (fr), Katherina Wahl (de), Katrin Sonnleitner (de), Nacho Carbonell (es), Pieke Bergmans (nl), Studio Glithero (uk,nl), Susana Soares (pt).
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Master of the rituals

Tue, 08 Sep 2009 02:40:04 +0200

We take a closer look at 3 projects of Master of design graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Their projects seem to be focussed on life's rituals and typical behaviours. Ryou Jihyun's project shows us techniques used in the past for storing food without the use of a fridge. In a society where energy consumption becomes an entire nation's problem, these age-old methods get new life when applied to a modern day design and thought process.

People increasingly suffer from depression, anxiety and tension because of their inability to deal with death of their loved ones. Wing Lam Kwok takes a closer look at bereavement and the process that surrounds it. By designing a new ritual she hopes to address grief not only in terms of psychology but also as a new task in the humanitarian design field.

And lastly we take a look at a custom most of us have become used to in the morning, that first cup of coffee. Jo Nakamura took an extensive look at the many existing coffee makers in the world, and took the most inspirational ones to further develop them into a brand new ritual of making coffee. Resulting in a unique appliance giving ode to the extraction process which has been around for over 300 years. It's not just about functionality.

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Wireless phone charging tables & Deadgood from the uk

Wed, 26 Aug 2009 23:25:55 +0200

In this NYC episode we talk to award winning designer Terhi Tuominen about her chair/table which can wirelessly charge your phone. And the entrepreneurs from Deadgood uk present their work for the first time at this fair.

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From Berlin with design, DMY 09 overview

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 23:32:06 +0200

A brief look at this years' DMY Berlin event. We show several works shown at the DMY Youngsters, including the alternative cheap wind turbine system by Oskar Zieta (and students of the ETH Zurich) and the homeless folding bed by Hwang Kim. More conceptual based designs were shown at the Appel design gallery with works of people all living in Berlin. Features works by: Academy of Decorative arts of Strasbourg, A4 Academy of Arts, Architecture and design Prague, Yeayea, Hwang Kim, Supershape, Epoqualo, Oskar Zieta, Tina Roeder, Jerszy Seymour, Bless, El Ultimo Grito, Jörg Hundertpfund, Ronen Kadushin, Osko Deichmann, Judith Seng, David Krings

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Amsterdam Fashion Week 2009, MLY Getting Lost

Sun, 26 Jul 2009 19:28:18 +0200

With her new SS2010 collection, Emily Hermans suggests that getting lost is not necessarily something bad or negative. She got her inspiration from Africa, Egypt especially. Two elements are particularly present in both the collection and the styling; the nomadic and the royal.

The nomadic aspect was beautifully visualized at her Amsterdam Fashion Week catwalk show. Not only in the traditional sense, by women carrying al sorts of things on their head. But also by modern nomads with Mad Max-like ratbikes, who have all their posessions hanging from their vehicles.

The royal aspect is expressed in the collection’s pronounced colour composition, which includes coral red, cobalt blue and olive green, as well as different shades of gold. Also, jewelry is used as a motive in a number of collection items, by means of colour, design, neck shape and the combination of matte and shiny yarns.

S/S 2010 Collection by Emily Hermans:

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Sander Mulder's Archetype designs

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:43:22 +0200

We take a look at Sander Mulders work. His latest projects were influenced by archetypes. Featuring the new continue-time clock, voronoi, pandora cabinets, crow table and carat lamp. more info on music courtesy of video by

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Here & there

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 09:43:03 +0200

Here & There is a collaboration between MU and KOP. They invited 20 promising artists and designers from Breda and Eindhoven to present themselves in 2 groups, one at Mu and the other at Kop. Between both organizations there's a kinship that expresses itself in the way of which they perceive the art world.

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Bouroullec's quilt couch

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 18:41:30 +0200

We had the chance to speak with Erwan Bouroullec about their new project for established & sons. Here's a 5 minute talk with one of the creators and our correspondent Jeanne Tan. music courtesy of NVIN:

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Tue, 23 Jun 2009 23:35:33 +0200

Moss presents installations of 3 different studios, offering a look into the current state of design and the processes involved. We take a look at the works of Materialise and Julien Carretero. Music courtesy of NVIN: More design videos on:

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400 years later - Cite goes Dutch

Wed, 10 Jun 2009 02:52:57 +0200

The exhibit presents everything from furniture and tabletop objects to jewelry by 23 emerging Dutch designers and manufacturers and 1 photographer. Curated by Studio Jan Habraken and Alissia Melka-Teichroew in collaboration with Wabnitz Editions Ltd and Josée Lepage, the work draws an outline of contemporary design coming out of, and shaped by, the unique climate of the densely populated Netherlands, whose designers grow up below sea level and under heavy gray skies.

This video features talks with Alissia, Greetje van Helmond, Rob van Gijzel and Lucas Maassen. With works of Miriam van der Lubbe, Ilona Huvenaars, Willem derks, Frederik Roije, Anouk Omlo, Alexander Pelikan, Lara de Greef, Maarten Baptist, Dave Keune, Lotte van Laatum, Laurens van Wieringen and Jan Habraken.

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Curating design Talent for Designhuis by Li Edelkoort

Fri, 08 May 2009 08:33:11 +0200

For Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Li Edelkoort brought over a part of the Designhuis' Talent show from Eindhoven. Matylda Krzkowski speaks with Li about the exhibition which shows 21 selected designers from 11 different countries, presenting an archaic view of design with an interest in radical primitive materials as earth, cow-dung, wood, cardboard, textiles, bone and hide. They try to escape from a world of over-consumption with unplugged proposals taken from the roots of humanity with humble yet forceful form.
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Christien Meindertsma, Makers & Spectators

Tue, 05 May 2009 04:28:08 +0200

Makers & Spectators is an experimental exhibit exploring the concept of seeing the same thing differently. By using eyetrackers, Christien Meindertsma researches how people view objects. The data is visualized in various forms, including the help of Nils Völkers' robots (built with of the shelf parts). Makers & Spectators is on view at Mu gallery in Eindhoven till the 14th of June. music courtesy of

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Real Time with Maarten Baas

Thu, 30 Apr 2009 16:06:56 +0200

Instead of having the usual new furniture line-up, Maarten Baas chose to explore the concept of time with his exhibition Real Time. The movies Maarten made for this project are as varied as having floor sweepers move the clock hands with their brooms to having a poor worker sit in an tiny office moving a pair of pencils to the exact minute. The end result is a 12 hour movie which is also a clock. Matylda interviews Maarten Baas for us and gives us his explanation on his current project. artist: video: interview: music:

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Atelierdorp, a design family

Fri, 10 Apr 2009 01:20:32 +0200

Atelierdorp is located in an abandoned church in the city of Eindhoven. Founded 3 years ago by Otje Bastiaanse, Hilbert Tjalkens, Djim Berger, Rocco Verdult and Vera Teunen with the aim to offer space for designers to grow. Over the years the church has developed into more then just simply a space for designers, it has evolved into a design family where people get a chance to explore their true creative potential.

Currently designers in the church are working new works for Droog Design, Rossana Orlandi, Art Basel, ICFF and the Salone di Mobile in Milan amongst others. People like Bas van Raay, Nacho Carbonell, Julien Carretero, Ontwerpduo, Djim Berger, Joni Neelen, Veronique Lorne, Vera Teunen, Hilbert Tjalkens are proud to call it their working home.

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Asif Khan talk

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 23:32:03 +0100 talks to Asif Khan during the Tokyo Design Week about his first collaboration project with Peter Liversidge called Tetra Light. For more information please see

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