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Design star factory? March 20, 2009

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I was looking once again at the book “Design Academy Eindhoven- House of Concepts” published by Frame in 2008. It shows the work of a wide range of graduates of DAE. I think the list with designers that graduated DAE and are (inter)nationally recognized (which is not, of course, an ultimate sign of success & quality of their work, but still..) is quite long. Here I posted just some of the most active and visible ones (in my opinion). But there are many more of them, including my dear teachers!

I believe you will recognize many of the objects pictured here. Well, all of their authors have something in common. You can see that it’s not an accident if for the last 10 years DAE has become almost a synonym of Dutch design.

Here they go (in a random order), my “virtual” colegues from previous years:

Hella Jongerius

Jurgen Bey

Frank Tjepkema

Tord Boontje

Richard Hutten

Marten Baas

Piet Hein Eek

Joris Laarman

Wieki Somers

Max Barenbrug

Bertjan Pot

Joep Verhoeven (Demakersvan)


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Chris Kabel

Of course, these designers are one of the reasons why I chose to study here. Even if I’ve changed my opinion quite a lot about the Dutch design over the last couple of years, I’m still happy to be where I am.

Question. November 20, 2008

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As a designer, would you rather design something that is produced in an edition of 10 and sold for 100 000 euros/piece or edition of 10 000 sold for 100 euros/piece?

cindarellaJeroen Verhoeven from Demakersvan in his lecture at the Design Academy yesterday let us know he would choose the first option. I somehow think that the second one is more “moral” . Less about your own ego and more about offering people good design (beautiful and functional things!)… Sure, unlimited freedom of creation is tempting. But the outcome often has nothing to do with design any more. I can’t really imagine using this table in a dining room or even less an office…

There are so many designers around working mostly on limited editions, selling them for crazy prices… filling up the pages of magazines. Isn’t it at the end a bad publicity they are making for design? People just think that design is not for them, because it’s so glamorous and expensive.

What would be your choice? What is your choice?

new surrealism November 20, 2008

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(Table with bird’s legs by Meret Oppenheim, 1939.)

No, surrealism is not only a trend of the 1930’s. It is still around us! Just take a look at the work of Pharrell Williams or Fabio Novembre. And there are many more examples.

Vladi Rapaport, an Ucrainian designer who just graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts (Netherlands) makes surprising, figurative but still functional pieces of furniture. You can see his Vanitas collection also at the Design Huis during the exhibition Talents 2008 (selection of more than 100 design graduation works from 50 academies all over the Europe). Here is the skull chair, brain seat and a spine lamp. Vladi is not taking the easy way to work with erotic human body shapes. Instead he adds some deeper meaning and historical connotation to his furniture.vanitas-001

Go and see also the awesome speaker- robot!

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Trakajiem pieder pasaule (it goes smth like this: the crazy ones own the world) (: .

Dutch bikes November 16, 2008

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I just came back from a weekend in France. Back to the country of great bikes! And it’s true, you can appreciate what you have only when you compare it to what the others have, hah..

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A Peugot (French) bike on the left side and a real Dutch one on the right side. The comfort of riding with the last one is incomparable, you can sit straight and not like some Tour de France looser. Try it (and buy it;) ) at the first occasion ;)! There are as many bikes as people in Netherlands. More than one million bicycles are sold per year in Netherlands. The main export destination is Germany. There are quite few bicycle manufacturers who managed to survive- Batavus, Gazelle, Union and Sparta.

This summer/autumn Design Huis in EIndhoven presented an impressive exhibition on bikes. avb_designhuis_bikes_030bThere were bikes for anybody and any occasion of life!avb_designhuis_bikes_034_avb_designhuis_bikes_052avb_designhuis_bikes_058

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You can find more pics from the exhibition here.

Here they come! November 12, 2008

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These are not the latest news, but it’s only once a year, so, here you have some pics of Graduation show at the Design Academy Eindhoven.

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Bastard chair by Els Woldhek.Two dimensional pieces of leather are stitched together to form 3dimensional objects.The shape of the leather pieces determine the look of the final products, so each one of them is unique. Weird but attractive, bravo for the recycling idea!

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A simple but great idea by Soojin Hyun- an office- house at your home!

grace table by Philippe MalouinThe impressive Grave table by Philippe Malouin is made of a material used for inflatable rescue platforms. It has a flat and stable surface, it can accomodate 10 guests. When deflated, it can fit in a bag.

shelve by Nathan WierinkShelve by Nathan Wierink (ontwerpduo). You have to look through a lens to see a regular piece of furniture. I would say it looks as what one would expect of a DAE graduate. I’m getting bored of all these cindarellatablestyle objects…

jointsAnother project by Ontwerpduo. The mahogany table is manufactured using a CNC router, which allows more complex joints to be made than are possible with traditional hand tools. The functional joints become decorative. I find it much more interesting!

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In our society people with disabilities are not offered the chance to choose and express themselves. They are offered aids with mechanical and generic body accessories that emphasize only the technical aspect. In this way the aid objects become a sign of stigma and in no way help the subject to recover a new and acceptable identity.

Francesca Lanzavecchia presents her master graduation project (one of the few exciting ones)- the trend book- catalogue as well as the try outs made so far- series of orthoses and canes that retain full functionality but adapt different styles to match the wish of the user. Fresh. Respect.

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I don’t really see the use of these, but I find them very funny! One has to break (in the right place!) the rubber encapsulated porcelain glasses to wear them. By Keisuki Hori.

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And, of course the great Curiosity Cabinet by Jon Stam (pic, left)! It contains 32 drawers, where one can store physical and the virtual treasures.

16 drawers store objects and pictures.
he other 16 drawers have a rfid reader. if you put one of them on a dock station your computer automatically shows the content which was saved on it. It also connects via an usb port for those who don’t have the rfid reader.

Jon received Rene Smeets award 2008 for the best graduation project.