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Objects at Play

28th October 2013

In its 4th year - having evolved from 'Objects in the rear view appear closer than you think', 'Objects at play' during Dutch Design Week invited visitors to “Wake up from your nightmare and come to my exhibition.”

12 participating designers and collectives pushed the boundaries of madness and went off kilter with their designs inviting visitors to become part of their world.

A refreshing exhibition and beautifully curated, imagination was taken to the next level - and in a much needed way as is the want of the Dutch design community.

Designers included Lex Pott, Florian de Visser,Aukje Fleur Janssen and my 3 favourite projects below

Os&Oos who also showed at the Dutch Invertuals show cased their Formation Carpet. In keeping with the theme of 'play' the carpets are made up of 10 basic shapes in six colours that can be fitted together in endless possibilities.

Brit van Nerven's Seeing Glass similarly plays with a series of objects - made of glass and mirror. Each has unexpected effects and plays with the viewers visual perception.

Exploring how we perceive time is something that I am fascinated with at the moment inspired by the Long Now foundations 10,000 year clock and Lee Smolin's book Time Reborn - so I was particularly taken by Frank Winnubst's Time Machine.

Crafted from 12 wooden pieces that interact with a metal marble twice a day the marble returns back to its starting point giving some definition of time, but more importantly Winnubst wants us to see his puzzle piece as a reminder that we should enjoy daily routine and treasure time.





Designer of the unusual

26th October 2013

Known as a designer who does unique projects or in his words 'unusual, for unusual people, projects or purposes' Eric Klarenbeek's Mycelium Chair was shown during Dutch Design Week in a church alongside 8 design collectives including Atelier NL and Maarten Kolk & Guus Klusters.

The work shown at the exhibition explored design and research in the wider context under the umbrella of '4 Apostelen' and was one of the highlights of DDW.

A very engaging exhibition Klarenbeek's was by far the most unique and interesting as his project sits at the intersection between nature and machines/man.

Combining materials in unusual ways his mycelium chair mixes 3D printing and live bacteria. Working with scientists, the project pushes the boundaries of what 3D printing and synthetic biology will offer resulting in entirely new materials that may be used to make any kind of future product.




Industrial Evolution

23rd October 2013

Anything relating to evolution in our digital and technological era is fascinating me at the moment, inspired by the brilliant Vincent Fournier's Post Natural History and the TedExtinction Series so I was particularly enamoured by Idiots.nl's Fantasy vs Reality Industrial Evolution Taxidermy lion and crystal shown during Dutch Design Week at Eat, Drink, Design.





The Alchemist

22nd October 2013

Design Academy graduate Nina van Bart's film 'The Alchemist' considers a future whereby our bathroom becomes a laboratory. In a similar vein to projects from Lucy McRae and Lauren Davies van Bart's project sees the user take control of the rituals of beauty and the ingredients used.

Mixing materials and chemicals, substances react to create new super sensory experiences. Playing with materials from growing crystals to drifting mist, van Bart's film suggests a future whereby we can mix our own personalised perfect elixir.











A Winner

20th October 2013

Iris Van Herpen was awarded the overall winner in the Dutch Design Awards last night for her outstanding fashion which I have always been a huge fan of.

The jury were particularly impressed by how van Herpen always 'succeeds in giving so much body to her work, without any loss of experiment and challenge. With her designs she shows better than anybody else what is going on in the Netherlands at the moment.’

Dutch Design is always unique and known for its experimental and materials based approach which van Herpen has managed to explore brilliantly through the medium of fashion.

Unfortunately the fabulous Lex Pott did not win, but I am delighted that
The Future Concepts Award went to The Incredible Shrinking Man by Arne Hendriks who explores a more sustainable future whereby man shrinks to fit with global population issues and food shortages.

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