Sander Wassink is an artist and designer who encourages us to reconsider our ideas of beauty and aesthetic value. How can we reconsider what is important and what is desirable to include notions of history, memory and the preservation of a past which is slipping away. Amid new construction, new production, and constant proliferation of new forms and facades, Wassink turns his attention to the discarded, the abandoned, the left over and attempts to reimagine what can be done with the already partially formed. What new possibilities exist in the surfaces and materials that are half-built or half-destroyed. Whether his object is the partly demolished facade of an abandoned building, or the everyday detritus from our over productive culture, Wassink asks what new forms and new visions of beauty already exist to be discovered and appreciated.
Because of the unpredictable seize of the raw material a 1/3 of all the
stone processed is waist. Pieces as big a 1m2 in different proportions are discarded as waist, a same considering the beauty and non renewability of the resources.
This project looks at the opportunity for use of these leftover pieces. By scaling down to small parts and stacking I'm searching for architectonical / monumental compositions which function resulted in light-objects using the extraordinary translucent quality of marble and the reflection of polished granite.
Delicte parts of edited stone form the base for light on and within it’s structure. A small monumental object that reflects a glow in it’s surroundings were direct and hard light is not always needed.
I see fromal language of alight monuments that rise up from the landscape. An optimistic sculptural piece of light inspired on how light is brought into architecture.
Providing objects with duty free happiness.
Kim graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013 and has since than been operating Studio Kim Haagen from within Collaboration O. Her work has a strong sculptural component with emphasis on simple forms, conscious use of materials and a timeless appearance. Kim values material integrity and quality craftsmanship in her work. Her aim is to create beautiful made products that tell a story; a lasting object that will keep intriguing over time.
Fascinated by the way nature moves and grows, Tiddo Bakker creates designs that explore the relationship between man and nature.
During his time at the Design Academy Eindhoven he first focussed om autonomous conceptual design and later social interactive design. Now Tiddo Bakker has his own studio that is part of Collaboration O’, a designer collective in Eindhoven. Bakker’s installations are mechanical sculptures that communicate through movement.
After graduating Bachelor in 2011 Tiddo Bakker won the ‘Designers and Artist 4 Genomics Award’. This gave him the opportunity to collaborate with physicist Henk Jalink and his team from the Centre for BioSystems Genomics (part of WUR Wageningen University and Research). Together they worked out Tiddo’s design ‘In Vena Verbum’. An installation that measures the activity and stresslevel of the plant inside it and translates this into the motion of the sculpture.
For Tiddo, as an experience designer, the material aspects, craft and technology are merely the medium that carries the experience. So he focuses allot on the immaterial aspects of design before he starts the technical design process. With the experiences he creates and through the symbiotic relationship between nature and technology,he aims to establish a new link between man and nature, as a result of which man gains a greater insight into the way they interact with their environment.
Florence attaches particular value to art and crafts. Her ideas and desires arise from her interest to old techniques applied by hand, and therefore collaborates with authentic persons, seeking for forgotten ressources.
Kaspar Eisenmeier seeks happiness in his work as a designer and cabinet-maker. Guided by materiality he forms each product with care and precision. His forms and aesthetics come from a mix of construction , craft and simplicity . Focused on the manufacturing of uniquely designed furniture. With his handwriting , signed by dedication and passion he seeks durability and timelessness in any design.
Although our bodies are evolved to move, we tend to design our objects based on monofunctional use and posture. Technology is taking over more functions our bodies were used to execute, developing a useless body for tomorrow. Instead of using our body for productive life, we compensate the lack thereof with leisure activities. Moving our body becomes a choice, a lifestyle and therewith segregated.
By observing dancers of the Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, I found movements that positively relate with emotions. Full body movement correlates with happiness. The most static and dominant activity we have in daily life is sitting (behind the computer). To make this activity dynamic, I made an exo skeleton chair that allows the body to move freely. Sami Sabik worked on the digital translation. The gravity point of the body moves the mouse and you'll click by kicking a leg. With this chair the body dynamics become functional, bringing functionality more close to the amount and frequency our bodies are evolved to move for.
Daan Brandenburg is a designer and cabinet-maker. Wood, mechanics, and the way these elements interact with people, that’s his work in a nutshell.
He makes handcrafted products that are inspired from old production techniques. Using local materials and knowledge is important in this proces.
All objects seem to share a highly stylized, smooth look, and an honest, natural finish.
Geraldine Spilker draws inspiration from artistic, architectural and cultural sensibilities of the past.
Her work accentuates notions and values that have fallen into oblivion, while the world evolves. Translating these to our present, is achieving their essence by the means of contemporary circumstances.
A topic often recurring within her work is the one of religion, which is one good example of values that have faded out our society, but have served as a great source for beauty and customs.
Giving this heritage and values a relevant, contemporary and reckoned context in which they can evolve and remain as a magnificent heritage to the future, while having a genuine role in the present, defines the focus of her work.
Corradino Garofalo is a designer currently living and working in the Netherlands. With a background in industrial design, his practice focuses on creating analogies between material behaviour and the behaviour of the individual within society.
His fascination for film, photography, video projections and video installations has led him to a multidisciplinary approach towards design. He is a co-founder of the audio-visual collective ‘Samples Lab’, active between 2007 and 2011 in the south of Italy. From 2011 to 2012, he practiced industrial design, collaborating with engineers and technicians in Naples, South Italy. In 2014, after completing a Masters degree in Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven, he co-founded the‘Fictional Collective’, an international body of creative practitioners.
Joan Vellvé Rafecas looks at establishing connections between the diverse practices of the design field. Based on a research method development presents outcomes as products, interventions, furniture or strategies.
Joan looks for transparency and understanding of the material and production processes as starting points to generate unexpected but simple outcomes.
Relentless explorer of the technological processing possibilities of different materials. She values the experience provided by low-processed materials – their weight, temperature, palpability. Always looking for a clever combination of aesthetics and construction. She likes lavish projects, although not necessarily meant for galleries.