The first of our two part design selection from this year's Dutch Design Week
Innovation. Experimentation. Imagination. Dutch Design Week presents a concentration of creative energy that is yet unmatched in Europe. Perhaps it stems from the Design Academy Eindhoven‘s hotbed of new talent or from the freethinking spirit of established talents like Piet Hein Eek. Whatever the source, Eindhoven’s industrial backdrop was overflowing with great design. Here is the first installation of our Dutch Design Week favorites.
Ovum Mirror by Thomas Eurlings
When it came to Dutch designer Thomas Eurlings, we had a hard time choosing our favorite. We eventually settled on the delicate Ovum Mirror. Only the diamond pattern has been mirror-plated, leaving the rest of the glass a lovely transparent blue.
Tabeau by Nicole Brock
Belgian designer Nicole Brock’s Tabeau dressing table consists of four solid volumes connected with magnets. The volumes can be arranged and rearranged as desired, and the little suitcase can be entirely detached and used for travel.
‘Prop’ Shelves by Joost van Bleiswijk
Part of the ‘Clean Up! The Mess’ exhibition at Joost van Bleiswijk and Kiki van Eijk’s studio, the ‘Prop’ shelves are inspired by crumpled balls of paper. The brilliany, handcrafted copper crumples support contrasting maple planks, turning crumpled paper into a useful, constructive element, still prototypes at this stage, we are sure they will soon be manufactured.
Wardrobe by Studio Rene Siebum
Yes, Rene Siebum’s Wardrobe has already made the rounds of the blog circuit. But we stumbled upon this gem at Steven Banken’s exhibition ‘We Think Highly Of’, and we were in no way prepared for how lovely it is in person. Love at first sight.
Treasure Island by Noëlle Mulder
Treasure Island offers an ever-changing sensory experience that encourages interaction between users and the object. The miniature landscapes of the platform can be manipulated through touch and reset at any moment. An integrated cylinder adds a clever functional light source to the object.
P.O.V. Cookie Jar by Nightshop for DHPH
With P.O.V., you probably won’t even care who stole the cookie from the cookie jar. A visual chameleon, this cookie jar by Nightshop changes color as it is turned or as it is viewed from different angles. It all depends on your point of view!
Limber Gems by Pleunie Buyink
Pleunie Buyink belongs to the talented crop of new graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven. Her graduation project, Limber Gems, use a newly developed, rubber-like material to create a series of flexible interior decorations with a deceptively metallic shine.
Harold Metal Cabinet by Jesse Visser
An expanded metal cabinet, Harold fits right in whether at the office or at home. Designed by Jesse Visser, the overlay of metal grids offers an intriguing and attractive moiré effect that changes as the viewer walks around the object.
Tannic Acid Cabinet by Steven Banken
Steven Banken expanded his innovative research project, Tannic Acid, with his recent Tannic Acid Dresser. Using a natural chemical reaction between the tannic acid in Oak and iron oxide, the Dutch designer creates striking tonal differences in his projects.