Voie Lights Edition #2 by Sabine Marcelis

“The ‘voie’ light series is the result of an investigation into the manipulation of light-paths. Having chosen neon as the primary light source, the designed objects create an interception on the path the light follows through the addition of a singular extra material.

The addition of cast polyester resin diffuses the light path and in turn uses the light source to enhance the colour properties within the resin. A new moment is created when this mutually beneficial relationship is formed between materials, defining the unique properties of each where the two meet.”

Voie Light Sabine Marcelis Dutch Design Blog

Voie Light Sabine Marcelis Dutch Design Blog

Voie Light Sabine Marcelis Dutch Design Blog


text and pictures via www.sabinemarcelis.com

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Acoustic Landscapes by Robin Pleun Maas

“A flat surface is changed into a three-dimensional landscape. Colors shift or blend in by changing your perspective. I was intrigued by the appearance and disappearance of colors within a single surface. These acoustic landscapes perform visual interaction with the moving body. Strong sporty ropes are combined with soft wool felt. Contrasting materials create depth and structure; the bright colors enhance this effect even more.

This collection of rugs can be applied on walls or floors of architectural environments to improve the acoustics.

graduation project 2016″

pictures and text via Robin Pleun Maas


Milkyway pendant by Dennis Parren

“With a fascination for our planet, the planets, starts and light, Dennis felt that being able to give everybody their own galaxy would be the ultimate dream. Something that would put life on earth into perspective, make your think, and bring us closer to that immense, vast, every growing, mysterious, unexplored and fascinating galaxy that we live in.

The Milkyway is Dennis Parren’s light that projects a colored galaxy or the walls and ceiling of your rooms. It seems to revolve around itself while standing still. Give it a gentle spin and the galaxy starts to orbit around the light. The Milkyway comes to live and the stars seems to be 3Dimensional!

It gives you the feeling of being part of something that is bigger than me and you.

To infinity and beyond…”

text via Dennis Parren
picture and video by Ronald Smits

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Cuyperspassage by Benthem Crouwel Architects in collaboration with Irma Boom

“Cuyperspassage is the name of the new tunnel at Amsterdam Central Station that connects the city and the waters of the IJ-river. Since the end of 2015 it has been used by large numbers of cyclists, some 15,000 daily, and pedestrians 24 hours a day. This ‘slow traffic corridor’ was exactly what many users of the city felt was lacking. What once was by necessity a left or right turn is now, at long last, straight ahead. The tunnel is clad on one side by nearly 80,000 Delft Blue tiles: a true Dutch spectacle at a central spot in Amsterdam.

A clear division
The tunnel is 110 metres long, ten metres wide and three metres high. Its design makes a clear division between the two modes of travel. By making the pedestrian level appreciably higher than the cycleway, pedestrians know where they have to be and feel safe there. Cyclists enjoy the spatial sensation of a rapid through route, accompanied by a continuous run of LED lamps along the raised edge of the footpath. The pedestrian path has a smooth finish of handmade glazed ceramic tiles. The cycleway by contrast has a rougher, open finish of black sound-absorbing asphalt and steel gratings. This is to enhance user comfort, given the tunnel’s concrete structure and great length. The gratings are impossible to litter with posters and flyers and their open structure reduces the risk of graffiti.

Urban room
Along the footpath wall is a tile tableau designed by Irma Boom Office. The design steps off from a restored work by the Rotterdam tile painter Cornelis Boumeester (1652-1733). His tile panel depicting the Warship Rotterdam and the Herring Fleet is in the collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. Irma Boom replaced the original crest on the stern with the Amsterdam coat of arms. The cyclist or pedestrian leaves the old historic part of Amsterdam through Cuyperspassage and heads towards ‘new Amsterdam’ in the north, or vice versa. The tableau fades away towards the IJ-river, the lines of the original work gradually dissolving. Then it builds up again in an abstract form from light to dark blue, as if encouraging cyclists to slow down as the ferry comes into view. Its drawn lines and pixels also visualize the transition in art from the old to the new. The ceramic company, Royal Tichelaar Makkum, spent five years making the 46,000 wall tiles for the tableau, as well as 33,000 floor tiles, in the traditional Dutch tile size of 13 x 13 cm. In it, we see large and small merchant vessels, herring busses with nets in place, churning waves, gulls. The whole recalls old kitchens in Amsterdam canal houses, so that the tunnel is experienced as a safe place – as an urban room.

The Cuyperspassage is part of the overall master plan for Amsterdam Central Station – a project by Benthem Crouwel Architects, commissioned by the Municipality of Amsterdam, ProRail and Nederlandse Spoorwegen.”


text via benthemcrouwel.com
pictures by Jannes Linders

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This Fits Me by Leonie Tenthof van Noorden

“This Fits Me is a system that allows people to design unique and personalised fashion through 3D body scanning and generative algorithms. In a collaboration with fashion designer Eunbi Kim, we merged fashion and technology, crafts and cutting-edge production technologies.
The system creates a virtual garment based on a 3D body scan of the customer. This customer can add a personal touch by customising the generative design of the garment. This way, the garment fits the body as well as the customer’s identity.

In the system, a generative line pattern is projected on the garment. By adjusting several variables in the generative algorithm, the customer can adjust the line pattern on the garment based on their personal preferences.
The created line pattern will function as the seams in the garment, this creates a new way of patterning garments. The pattern pieces are cut out of fabric with laser cutting technology.

Currently three garments have been made using this system to indicate the broad range of possibilities.”

pictures by Michel Zoeter
hair and makeup by Lisa Schuil
model Amber Egomodels
text from leoniesuzanne.com

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Sidepig – Bijzetvarken by Werkwaardig

“Fun, functional, and slightly different: The Side Pig. These playful side tables from Amsterdam based design label Werkwaardig promises to liven up your interiors. Designer duo Timo Keultjes and Diederik Dam set the tone: Let’s make Dutch Design fun again!

With a shared interest in design, entrepreneurship, a sense of humor, and a drive for perfection, Timo Keultjes and Diederik Dam designed an abstract and iconic pig with a thick body, blunt nose, and no eyes. It could have been pulled from a comic strip. The Side Pig was born.

These lovable animals come in muted green, pink, white, and gray, and in three special edition colors: high-gloss black, high-gloss pink, and bronze-brown cork.
The designers have created something unique and inexpensive. The Side Pigs are useful, affordable, and accessible to a wide audience. The sense of fun continues in all aspects of the product. The packaging has a warning label “Live animal inside” and the website reads: “Meat the family.”

The Side Pigs are practical and lightweight. You can grab the table by the tail to carry it around easily. They are made of unbreakable recyclable polyethylene, they don’t scratch and they’re easy to clean. The Side Pig can be placed on all fours or on its snout. It can be used both indoors and outdoors.

Timo Keultjes and Diederik Dam studied Product Design at the Hogeschool in Amsterdam. They founded Werkwaardig in 2016, where they create fun and innovative design. To maintain control of the high quality production process, all production is done in the Netherlands. Werkwaardig is expanding its collection with new products including work from other designers. Everything is created under the distinctive motto: ‘Let’s make Dutch Design fun again.'”


Set design and styling by www.femstudio.nl
Pictures by www.stefanmarcelgerard.com

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“Electric current is often perceived as something frightening, but what would it be like if low voltage would be the new normal? Would we still be afraid to touch it? How can we implement electric components as part of the design, instead of hiding them? These are just some of the questions that VANTOT used as a guiding light while designing their new collection Current Currents. VANTOT based their collection on the idea that electric current is a fundamental part of our home interiors and appliances. It is often perceived as dangerous and, therefore, carefully tucked away into small boxes or thick, isolated cables. VANTOT takes a different approach by designing innovative, low voltage lighting objects that step away from the traditional concept of a lamp and a power cord. Instead, they design objects that and are fully conductive while safe to touch. Contemporary technologies, such as LED, are an important part of their design vision.”

photo: Ronald Smits
text: Julie Trienekens

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Stook Porcelain Jewelry by Mianne de Vries

“STOOK is a porcelain Jewelry collection founded by Mianne de Vries.
With her love for the material porcelain, she created this unique label.
The collection consists rings and brooches at this moment.
STOOK is growing and soon there will be more unique porcelain products, like earrings and necklaces be added to the collection!

With the Lost Ballon & Lost Confetti pins, you can add a little party to your outfit each day! Pin a party!

Pin these balloon brooches on your outfit, and instantly carry some happiness with you.”

text and images via Mianne de Vries

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Flock by De Intuïtiefabriek.

“Since 2012 De Intuïtiefabriek is saving the bits of porcelain clay that become left overs during the production of their porcelain collection. Until now just gathering it in a corner of their studio with the potential idea of a project that would arise from these small crumbs of coloured clay. As designers they see possibilities in every little piece of material around them and there is always an urge not to throw things away. Since the world is filled with waste it is very important to value what we have and to get the most out of it. It’s our duty to do that as human beings, as designers but maybe even more as small scale producers. So after collecting approximately 200 kg of waste porcelain in the past 5 years it is time to rediscover this beautiful material. They want the remains to remain, transformed into something new.

The nice part of small-scale production in porcelain is the fact that De Intuïtiefabriek makes clay in small amounts. This gives the possibility to colour both the clay and the glaze, which very rarely happens in the industry. Because their collection exists of a number of different colours the rest material does too. The usual way of re-using clay is to add water and to mix it into a liquid mass again. This would result in plain colours, maybe slightly pale in comparison to the original colours. De Intuïtiefabriek loves the brightness and intensity in their original porcelain colours, so that’s something they want to maintain. At the same time they want to create something surprising that has its own distinct visual character. By making sure that the particles stay visible during the process they create random and cheerful patterns. Along with changing demands of our regular products colours will shift and patterns will be different each time. ’Flock’ shows the versatility of what is possible with the waste material. With the working motto “nothing should be lost, and waste can be beautiful” De Intuïtiefabriek is showing the first outcomes during the Milan Design Week 2017.”

text by De Intuïtiefabriek
mages by Ruud Peijnenburg

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Open Rugs by Studio Plott

“‘Open Rugs’ is a series of 3D printed rugs that unites technique with tactility. The studio has developed a 3D printable equivalent of textile allowing them to print fabric in different patterns and colors. The open mesh arrangements create interesting dialogues between the objects and their underlying surfaces.

Rudi Boiten & Mireille Burger work at their collective studio based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Both young designers graduated at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2014.  Their work starts by experimenting with the qualities of materials, with a strong emphasize on colour, pattern and shape. With the focus on creating techniques that are both technical as tactile.

A special interest in the field of textiles, graphic design and the 3D print technique led to their current work enhancing the tactility and opportunity of both worlds. Their graphic language is used to develop a new look towards materials, finished and semi-finished products. Studio Plott works on self-initiated and commissioned projects, and loves to collaborate with suppliers, other designers and/or brands.”

text and images via Studio Plott

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Result Chair and Pyramid collection by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld relaunched by Ahrend and HAY.

“Created to be adaptable, light and strong, the Result Chair (1958) and Pyramid Collection (1959) are two examples of products that utilise the cutout sheet steel construction method of manufacture. The Result Chair was originally designed by Friso Kramer and Wim Rietveld and the Pyramid Collection by Wim Rietveld in the middle of the 20th century, while they worked at Ahrend. Produced predominately for schools in the 1960s and 1970s throughout the Netherlands, the Result Chair has a particularly strong relationship with Dutch residents as it was a daily part of their lives growing up. Combining functional excellence with aesthetic lightness and adaptability, both designs are exceptionally sparing in their use of materials, are simple to construct and organic in their shape. They remain as relevant and useful today as the first day they came into being.

The Result Chair & Pyramid Collection are designs that have endured, proving the worth of the ideas that were initially put into their creation. For the initial relaunch collection, the designs are available in authentic finishes and configurations. The cutout steel bases are in black or light grey powder coating, with either an oak or smoked oak seat, back or tabletop. The Pyramid Collection features a number of different configurations of the design, including tables, a desk and a bench all of which are visually linked together by the elegant base frame.

HAY and Ahrend are pleased to bring these designs back into production, for a new generation to enjoy.”

text and images via HAY and Ahrend

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Played dishes by Mickey Philips

As the world is getting smaller, everything is within our reach, accessible, to follow, to see and to discover… and at the same time distances between people are increasing. Relationships become more superficial, more automated, impersonal, less tangible and it is every man for himself… But it is exactly in times like these, as we bear the consequences of the financial crisis, as entire populations are on the run and tensions between different groups are increasing, that we need each other. We need to connect, not dissolve. We need to get together again.

That’s what I want to achieve with my work and with my designs. That my designs provoke people to enter the table and sit down with each other again. To share, and to exchange, to try new things, to open their eyes and to open up to the unknown and to each other.

PLAYED to Play it. Play. To come into motion. Towards each other. PLAYED is a series of plates which together create a single object. On the table or on the wall. Ten plates in total. Nobody gets their own plate: the individual plates all make for one great and overall whole, as ten separate elements for every person at the table … to share.

It is an object that people join around together. To eat together. Through it, the people at the table literally come into contact and are connected to each other. More aware of each other and more aware of what they are eating. It’s not just a new product, but also a new way of eating and communicating… inspired by an old habit: sharing food. A product and concept that brings together different people, disciplines and cultures. To break habits, open eyes and to stir interest in others.”

text by Mickey Philips
images by Pam Kat

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“Distinctive and bold, with a hint of nostalgia. Dekendieren are bound to make their way into your home and heart.
Limited only by imagination, these signature pieces make a bright statement in any room.
Dekendieren feel at home everywhere.

Dekendieren (wooly blanket animals) are the brainchild of designer and craftsman Martijn Stelt. With great attention to detail and craftsmanship Martijn creates these unique life-size animals.Martijn recycles with form and function. Woolen animal coats are made into man-made products with graphic patterns and in this way, the wool finds its way to the animal again. The organic look of the animals combined with the dynamic graphic patterns of the blankets create an exciting and playful object.”


text and images via Dekendieren

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Matime Museum Amsterdam courtyard roofing by Liesbeth van der Pol

“The building of the Netherlands Maritime Museum will be adapted to the desires and requirements of modern times, designed to accommodate a substantial increase in the number of visitors. By roofing over the courtyard, this space will become a point where visitors can orient themselves and select. The design set outs to allow Daniël Stalpaert’s building of 1656 to speak for itself again. The geometry, which is recognisable in the façade, is reflected in the floor plans. In this way the building provides a clear orientation. The four ressaults are used as rising piers and orientation points, each with its own character and view over the surroundings. Existing breakthroughs will be reused where feasible, in order to allow as much of the building as possible to be enjoyed as it is. By removing the majority of jetties around the building, the sturdy naval warehouse will once more be sited in the water. According to this preliminary design, the visitor emerging from the ‘immersion of the museum visit’ will again be able to soak up the unexpected beauty of the original building.”

text via www.dokarchitecten.nl
images by Arjen Schmitz and via www.nationalestaalprijs.nl

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Secret Operation 610 by RAAAF architects

“When aircraft Shelter 610 opens its ruthless doors, a monstrous black behemoth slowly comes driving out. The object revives the mysterious atmosphere of the Cold War and its accompanying terrifying weaponry. At an almost excruciatingly slow pace, the artwork uses its caterpillar tracks to cross the seemingly infinite runway. Due to this brutal object’s constantly changing position in the serene landscape, it allows the visitor to experience the area and the history of the military airbase in new ways.

At the same time, the artwork functions as a working environment for researchers. Their temporary stay creates opportunities for innovative research programs that otherwise would be impossible. For example, inside the object, students of the Technical University Delft (Aerospace / CleanEra) will develop a program for the innovative flying of the 21st century: “no noise, no carbon, just fly”. The old runway is the perfect test site for state of the art aviation experiments.

The mobile sculpture and shelter 610 are perfect spaces for research, experiment and innovation for groups coming from various disciplines. The unconventional combination of nature and Cold War history offers an exciting environment for the development of knowledge about nature, technology and aviation.”

text and images via www.raaaf.nl

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“The young design student Laura Brussaard is only 17 years old when she suddenly dies from the effects of a massive pulmonary embolism. Caused by a combination of a genetic disorder and contraceptive pills. In the first three months of her studies she draws a sketch of a chair, where vulnerable groups can feel safe in. This sketch was designed by Ahrend in collaboration with Stichting Project Laura: De LAURA® armchair. With the LAURA® chair, the Project Laura Foundation and Ahrend are carrying on her vision.”



pictures and text via www.ahrend.com/delaura

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A Flag Stripes and a Guy in Green Overalls collection by menswear designer Dewi Bekker

“Dewi Bekker is a Dutch menswear designer based in The Hague, The Netherlands. As a designer she is having a playful view on menswear. It is her goal to find an ultimate balance between humor, the everyday life and fantasy. This results in an imaginative universe of primary colors, plastics and classic menswear. During her quest she does research on myths and alter egos, which includes Bolivian medicine men, superheroes, traditional European festivities and James Bond.

In 2013 she graduated at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. During her studies she did internships at Bernhard Willhelm and Hannes Kettritz.

She is also part of design collective Das Leben am Haverkamp. The collective Das Leben am Haverkamp is formed by four young fashion designers – Anouk van Klaveren, Christa van der Meer, Dewi Bekker and Gino Anthonisse. All the members have their individual label, and present it collectively. Together they create the novel context necessary for their unrestricted way of working and thinking.”


text: Dewi Bekker
photography + collage: Iris van der Zee
model: Jip Loots

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History Bag, graduation project of Lisa Vergeer at Design Academy Eindhoven.

“Contemporary handbag inspired by historical ways of carrying. Throughout the 17th, 18th and part of the 19th century, women wear wide clothing, under the skirts was enough space to hide one or two pockets.A slit in the gown provided access to personal items.The main advantages of this thigh pockets included, that the hands were free and the weight of the load was divided. Another advantage was that the goods were worn near the skin, they had the feeling that their belongings were safe. We’ve got history is a contemporary bag in which these ancient wisdom has been processed. The bag can also be worn as a jacket. The jacket divides the weight of the load on both shoulders. The use of supple lamb leather ensures that the bag encloses as a smooth garment to the body, in which the fine hand pocket provides comfort.”

text and picture via www.weleervergeer.nl 

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The 1956 by Bob Copray for Mal Furniture is inspired by the greatest design icon from the 50’s.

“The lounge set is a plastic (PE), rotational molded product, which can be used inside but is also extremely suited for outdoor use. The chair has an ergonomic design. It is solid but it is very comfortable. It has been designed with a subtle drainage system to prevent stagnant water from collecting in the seat.

By producing this redesigned classic in one material and color a whole new product is created”


text and images via www.mal-furniture.com and www.bobcopray.nl

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Birdhouse by Klaas Kuiken

“In consultation with Vogelbescherming Nederland (Dutch organization concerning the protection of birds), Klaas Kuiken developed the Birdhouse; the merge of a basic terracotta roof tile with the archetypal shape of a house. The result is a remarkable product that not only looks good, but also contributes to the increase of the bird population in cities and villages.

A product that contributes to the increase of the bird population in cities and villages

Inside the Birdhouse, underneath the roof tile, a carefully designed nesting basket made of wood and bird screen is attached. This nesting basket ensures good ventilation, prevents the birds from moving to other places underneath your roof and makes it really easy to clean the nest after a breeding period.

By installing one or more of these Birdhouse roof tiles, you make sure that our beloved birds are provided with a safe place to stay and raise their chicks. Instead of crawling under the rooftiles to build a nest, the birds can now linger in their own cozy cottage.

The ‘birdhouse tiles’ is new and improved! And can be ordered at Colored Roofs


text and images via Klaas Kuiken

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