[LESS INFO] 251 VIEWS | ADDED 23:36:51 12/09/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 91 VIEWS | ADDED 11:48:23 12/08/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 82 VIEWS | ADDED 12:25:08 12/07/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 67 VIEWS | ADDED 11:20:43 12/06/11
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!
[LESS INFO] 115 VIEWS | ADDED 12:42:24 12/05/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 98 VIEWS | ADDED 11:03:46 12/02/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 85 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:03 08/10/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 52 VIEWS | ADDED 15:11:44 08/07/11
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. www.dmy-berlin.com
[LESS INFO] 130 VIEWS | ADDED 20:29:27 08/02/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 94 VIEWS | ADDED 15:08:42 07/13/11
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. More info on the artist: www.byborre.com The exhibition can be seen until September 2011.www.textielmuseum.nl
[LESS INFO] 80 VIEWS | ADDED 21:57:21 06/10/11
Bertjan Pot presents his new tablecloths today for the textile museum in Tilburg. Designguide.tv 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. textielmuseum.nl
[LESS INFO] 106 VIEWS | ADDED 16:31:06 05/11/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 98 VIEWS | ADDED 22:00:09 04/25/11
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. more information on www.formafantasma.com
[LESS INFO] 135 VIEWS | ADDED 16:04:31 04/20/11
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.
[LESS INFO] 128 VIEWS | ADDED 21:46:48 04/18/11
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. More information on the artist can be found on: www.eskerex.com
[LESS INFO] 107 VIEWS | ADDED 02:38:52 04/11/11
Named 'Polar Bear' after it's muscular forms and metallic white shine, this table by Arias van Oordt is the second prototype that uses his innovative forming techniques. Sheets of metal have been pressed and pulled apart to reveal bends and volume that provide strength and form. This innovative forming process results in a form and volume rarely seen before, and though unconventional, it gives fully useable results. "My priority is to use materials in their full potential", said Arias van Oordt. "In this case I recognized the possibilities of pulling and pressing metal, which then had to be controlled or "tamed" in order to create forms at will. By creating a structure that could pull with several tons of pressure, and after 12 prototype tests, this final working table named 'Polar Bear' came to be." The "VT PR2 Polar Bear" in its full name, is a prototype and no more like it will be produced by the designer. Instead, Arias van Oordt prefers to continue experimenting with new designs and is now looking for a company interested in producing a version of it. Text by MH