Every April you can find me in Milan for a week visiting Milan Design week, the event for design minded people from all over the world. In Milan you will find new design and collections by different brands and designers, while Dutch Design week is more about the proces and the experimental phase towards the finished product… you could say that what you see in Eindhoven you might see in Milan in a few years time as finished products.
Our first visit brought us to the Graduation show of Design Academy Eindhoven where over 177 students presented their work on 3 floors. After a short introduction we got time to see the student’s projects and talk to them before the official opening and Graduation show.
What’s mined is yours
Today I love to show you some of my personal favourites of the Graduation show, they all fit my personal style and I think you will like them as well as they fit my blog’s aesthetics like all things I show on here, let me know what you think of my choices. At the end of the post I included an explanation of this years theme ‘What’s mined is yours’
Marbled Salts – Roxana Lahidji
In ancient times salt was rare and costly. Yet, since the industrial revolution it has become so cheap and easily available that we longer recognise its value. With ‘Marbled Salts’, Roxane Lahidji explores new possibilities, reinventing salt as a sustainable design material. She makes use of its unique physical properties as a self-binding composite to create a set of tables and stools. By mixing it with tree resin, she gives it shape and strength. Coal powder and natural colour variations in salt mimic the aesthetics of expensive natural stone such as marble.
Piece of Comfort – Iris Muriël van Houten
Oesterplat – Marjolein Stappers
What’s Mined is yours
More than ever DAE’s youngest generation of designers is turning doubts about the world into a productive instrument. Surrounded by ‘alternative truths’ in almost every aspect of their lives, they deploy the power of questioning the obvious and do not shy away from unravelling hidden complexities.
Design Academy Eindhoven’s upcoming Graduation Show presents the outcomes of their fundamental research and reflections. MINED, the overall theme for the 2017 show curated by Formafantasma, encompasses the many directions that came out of this approach. From reconstructions to storytelling, from archaeology to investigative reporting, and from a tool that makes body language noticeable for a visually impaired listener to an analysis of how a flush toilet can become a metaphor for political oppression and racial discrimination.
Digging deep is digging hard. Students have been mining their own personal lives as well as data sets and codes of law and material and technological possibilities to address omnipresent concerns. Working as archaeologists they dug up dirt and poetry while creating alternatives for existing models, systems and products. This can be a painful process, and it takes commitment and perseverance to find useful fragments and raw materials to compose possible answers. The result is personal yet universal. The 177 projects in the 2017 Graduation Show do not pretend to give definitive solutions. However, their lingering does result in fascinating new approaches that reveal possible futures. txt-design academy