Young talent at the Klokgebouw
Every year during Dutch Design Week the Klokgebouw at Strijp S presents the latest and greatest by young designers, established companies and innovative ideas. This year is no exception.
One of the first designers Design.nl spoke to at the Klokgebouw was recent graduate of AKV St. Joost, Marleen Jansen.
She presents her Tafelwip or table seesaw. "During my final assignment I wanted to create an object which would manipulate people's table manners. It really annoys me when people get up from the table during dinner to take a phonecall or text, and so I created the Tafelwip." The table - made from tulip tree wood - aims to change the way we treat each other during meals in a fun and non-pedantic manner.
Various jewelers showed their wares at the Klokgebouw but it was Zward (jewelry designer Kirsten Spuijbroek and graphic design Jelmer Noordeman) which really caught our eye. Inspired by children's toys the collection features bear heads as rings, car-shaped necklaces and chalk-shaped beads. "We both have very different backgrounds and wanted to unite various ideas. Our jewelry is sober with a dark overtone, yet at the same time it's playful thanks to the toy reference," says Noordeman. Using materials such as resin and rope contrasted with precious metals and stones and where possible a black diamond, Zward seems like a brand which knows what it wants. "We try to make beautiful things without any concessions."
Remaining in the realm of recent graduates we spoke to Atelier Rick Tegelaar who just finished at Artez Arnhem. His project Meshmatics comprises tools, a machine, and finished products in the form of chicken-wire lampshades. Taking banal materials such as this wire mesh, the designer creates new ways of using the materials thanks to self-designed tools and machines. "The material itself stays unchanged, it's about changing the way consumers look at the materials, and about how we can use them in ways we didn't think possible. In Meshmatics I show that chicken wire can become a very delicate material. The lamp shades themselves act as a form of x-ray, when the light is on, you can see the structure which makes up the shape."
Over at the HKU stand, three young graduates (Charlotte Wagemaker, Wieke van den Hengel and Anja Doedijns) have been given the chance to present their collections. Van den Hengel shows her porcelain tea service which was born out of research into flowers. "I was interested in Japanese tea flowers and attempted to re-create this somewhat mysterious flower in porcelain. When drinking from the cup, the flower becomes more and more transparent until it reveals its true form." A lack of ornamentation ensures a sleek Japanese shape to the cups whose form is determined by the flower inside.
Studio Wendy Maarten (Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon) is another design duo which started only one year ago and is already producing esthetically-pleasing products for the home market. Designed from an idea that products should have beautiful form first, Lightness in Lines offers lampshades, chairs and a stackable table series which are indeed beautiful in form with a subtle colour palette. "Wendy graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven with some very conceptual work, but as a duo we have the urge to create products. We want to communicate our own sense of form, demonstrate that use of colour can be vital in creating an atmosphere," says Collignon. Together with the Audax Textiel Museum in Tilburg, the duo created the soft furnishings for their collection.
Main image: Zward
Other images: 1. - 2. Marleen Jansen photo: Wim de Leeuw 3. - 4. Zward photo: Carina Hesper 5. -6. Rick Tegelaar 7. Wieke van den Hengel 8. Studio Wendy Maarten
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