Dutch Design Week 2006

Last Saturday I headed off to Eindhoven to visit the Dutch Design Week 2006. This event, organised for the fifth year, is the largest design event in the Netherlands. During the week of October 21-29, the latest developments in the field of design were shown in a stimulating and inspiring way by means of a dynamic and diverse selection of events, exhibitions and lectures. In Eindhoven I met up with the lovely Holly from decor8 who was there for an assignment. Together we roamed the exhibition halls.

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One of the highlights of the event was the Graduation Galleries 2006 with graduation projects from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Below you can find the innovative work of some of the 140 graduated designers who were present at the exhibition.

“O”bject by Sylvia Siu Fung Lai
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Designer Sylvia Siu Fung Lai has translated the perfectly circular top views of every day object, as a flower pot, a donut and a roll of toilet paper, into a series of white ceramic objects. “O”bject plays with the interaction between proportion and function.

“Uit de klei getrokken” by Lonny van Rijswijck
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The clay used to create this amazing tableware, is digged up by designer Lonny van Rijswijck in various parts of the Netherlands. The cups and saucers show their home ground through the different shades of color and clay textures.

Hide and See by Jetske Verdonk
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Jetske Verdonk has not only created a series of furniture (HIDE) in which things can be hidden: storage space is created by the material. But she also created a series of furniture (SEE) that show things: storage space is created by the decoration.

Door in felt by Norihiko Terayama
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Norihiko Terayama stepped away from the concept that a door normally is part of the construction of a house. The young Japanese designer’s aim was to make a door that is part of the furniture. This felt ‘door’ is a door, wall and floor rolled into one.

Tattoo lamp by Thomas Linssen / Mix culture by Nicolas Ka Chi Cheng
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Thomas Linssen has ‘tattooed’ this cone-shaped bone china lampshade (left photo) by using a special casting method. The recesses in the porcelain were created by stickers in a plaster mold. The result is a natural design as the decoration is completely integrated in the production process.

Nicolas Ka Chin Cheng has created a ten-piece dinner set (right photo) in which elements from the Western and Eastern culture come together in an eye-catching design.

Precious by Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf
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Just as in real life, these seven porcelain dolls created by Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf, are affected by unforeseen imperfections, distortions, shrinkage, breakage, and discoloration. It’s these imperfections that lend them their unique character.

Just hanging around by Jennifer Bruinendaal / Shelf by Jantien Roozenburg
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Jennifer Bruinendaal has designed a light sculpture (left photo) that is able to create an atmosphere of intimacy. The alluring, hand-sewn, gold or silver colored bag lend the lamp a distinct identity. Switched on, cool silver or warm golden light touches the surrounding objects.

The 1,5mm thick cedar wood shelf (right photo), designed by Jantien Roozenburg is flexible enough to gradually sag under the weight of the objects on it. As different object create different curves, the shelves form a striking, organic composition.

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