Weather, Feathers and Frost

26th October 2012

Weather, Feathers and Frost by Martijn Koomen was a poetic and beautiful project shown as part of the Design Academy graduation show during Dutch Design week.

Miniature weather microclimates, each of his 'weather glasses' houses feathers that float on air currents which represent real winds and when the external temperature drops, crystal form on the glass of these weather stations.

Fascinated by meterology, Koomen's weather data visualisation brings a sense of the outdoors inside.


Jereon Wand


Jereon Wand


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Conflict - Dutch Invertuals

25th October 2012

By far one of my favourite shows during Dutch Design week and one not to be missed is Dutch Invertuals. Again this year Wendy Plomp and the Invertuals didn't dissapoint!

Exploring the ideals of conflict this year the exhibition was curated beautifully with the actual exhibit hidden from view as one first entered peaking a conflict of interest between the idea of sharing and showing something to the public, but at the same time keeping it hidden.

Some of the usual suspects were present, but also a few new faces within the Invertuals group. Exploring conflict within design, collaboration, materiality and process each of the designers or design duo's explored engaging design outcomes.

I particularly loved the vases from Jeroen Wand who used the basic shape of a vase and repeated it but using different materials processes on the outside. Texturally he worked liquid and set plaster 'conflicting' against each other resulting in beautifully tactile objects.

The coloured glazes on the ceramics from Kirstie van Noort and Rogier Arents were also beautiful. Collaborating for the first time they brought conflict in their opposing approaches to design. Working with natural pigments such as red cabbage they play with colour. When exposed to varying PH levels the colours change. A beautiful film accompanies their pieces.

Dutch Invertuals runs till the 28th October.










Veil and Reveal

24th October 2012

Veil and Reveal by Brit van Nerven a recent graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven touches on the age old subject of 'does my bum look big in this?'. Asking women which parts of their body they are happy to expose and those they would rather cover she has uncovered the nuances that exist between these varied opinions.

Taking her research she has designed a collection of clothing items that are based on the female body.

All designed in black in varying materials each 'piece' can be combined with another in order to cover up or reveal as the wearer wishes.





Polyfloss Factory

21st October 2012

I am a big fan of the Polyfloss Factory since first having seen it in Milan earlier this year so I was delighted to see it during Dutch Design week as part of the RCA collective mmxii in the new area Sectie C.

Often designers come up with a great design solution and are rewarded with a lot of press, but somehow never manage to move the design on, but not the case with this project. They have managed to spin the plastic waste (polypropelene) into an even softer and finer floss that allows them to knit with the material. With two different qualities - one more soft than the other it opens up an entirely new direction for them.

I also particularly loved their new yarn spinning machine which is in keeping with all the machines being designed and used all over Eindhoven by enterprising and thought provoking designer makers. A huge trend that is changing the face of crafting manufacture. Stylesight subscribers can see one of my latest articles about the rise of the machine here.












A time to be inspired

20th October 2012

Having been very uninspired for a while now -- I am delighted to say that Dutch Design week has lived up to my expectations and brought back a spark of inspiration again.

Tired and weary from the exposure we are all experiencing in life I have to admit I have been struggling to be inspired - especially after the very disappointing London Design Festival (of course with the exception of a few! ).

First day of DDW and Dutch Invertuals again was awe inspiring - Wendy Plomp and team just somehow manage to keep raising the bar! (future post to follow) and the new area in Design week - Area East Sectie C was as Dutch Design week always has been - full of design collectives working away in their studio's with fantastic works scattered around the place added to by the dinner tables scattered around the studio's for those lucky enough to have booked a table.

The RCA graduates were also there and it was a perfect fit - another testament to the reign of Dutch design week on the design calendar and the draw of its design gaze.

DAE also has nurtured a clutch of brilliant designers yet again...

Area Strijp tomorrow...

Day one - over 500 pictures to trawl through so many posts to follow!

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