The recent Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven showcased an exciting range of design talent and innovative concepts.
Here are our top 5 picks from the exhibitions:
- Following a lifelong fascination with insects and nature, Matilde Boelhouwer sees herself as an ambassador of insects. Highlighting their beauty and abilities, Insectology by Atelier Boelhouwer promotes the use of insects as an alternative source for material and food. The project includes pieces of art, jewellery as well as edible sweets, which aim to make the idea of eating insects more appealing,
- The eye-catching Reflecting HOLONS is a collaboration between Jetske Visser and Michiel Martens, which explores reflections of light through movement. Inspired by the observation that products are generally designed to be static, despite the fact that in nature everything is always moving and changing, mechanical soap-bubbles constantly change shape and colour to create a beautifully fluid installation.
- The Anti-Surveillance Coat by Project KOVR (pronounced cover) is a Kickstarter funded project created to protect us against radiowaves and radiation. The unisex coat is also designed to shield us from intrusion on our privacy through blocking every in-and outgoing signal from our mobile phone or other electronic equipment. In this current information-driven environment, designers Marcha Schagen and Leon Baauw aim to help us regain control over our personal data.
“We are not in control of our own privacy anymore. And privacy is what makes us human.” – Project COVR
- Envisions is a Dutch collective that showcases everything but the end product. Products in Process Part 2 celebrates process and experimentation as the key to innovation. Promoting the work as a group project rather than focusing on individuality, Envisions’ goal is to inspire newfound collaborations and explore the development process without any restrictions or unhindered creativity.
- Manifestations – Will the Future Design Us? explores the most recent innovative developments in art that uses cutting-edge technology. Exoskeleton is a Android/Humanoid made from steel, electronics and the human mind of artist Freerk Wieringa.
USP: Key trends emerging from Dutch Design Week include the use of new materials, light & colour and the merging of technology and human behaviour.