Final 12 months, over 3,55,000 individuals had converged at Eindhoven within the Netherlands for Dutch Design Week (DDW). That’s precisely why this 12 months, the nineteenth version of the annual occasion has gone digital, with 3D viewing rooms, stay streams and over 360 movies.
The pandemic has additionally dictated the primary theme of the competition. The New Intimacy explores “a brand new equilibrium in a time when, resulting from Covid-19, the artistic world has been accelerating the exploration of various methods of relating to one another and the world round us”.
On the truthful’s web site, tune into talks by its ambassadors — development forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, designer Sabine Marcelis, and Philips’ Chief Design Officer Sean Carney — on design tendencies, tactility within the digital age, and the way forward for healthcare. Dezeen, the structure and design journal, has additionally collaborated with DDW for a collection of stay discussions, together with Tales of a Product (discussing how good design can enhance individuals’s relationship with merchandise).
Listed below are a couple of highlights from the competition.
Sabine Marcelis’ Digital Tactility
The Dutch designer explores how one can translate bodily objects — a collection of polished resin and onyx marble stacked tables and totem lights — right into a distant expertise. Together with her ‘digital interplay’, created in collaboration with tech companions 5GHUB and Dimenco Shows, digital guests can management cameras positioned in a distant gallery and expertise Marcelis’ work.
Ananya Patel’s Topi-Cology
Impressed by birds that collect supplies from their quick atmosphere to construct nests, the Vadodara-based artist has used issues from nature to create a collection of hats. Seen right here is the Neem Halo, one of many reveals at Duth Invertuals’ True Matter present. The wide-brimmed hat is made with bamboo, banana stem and the bark of a neem tree that fell throughout the monsoon. It “affords shelter from the warmth and bugs”, explains the designer on an Instagram submit and shares, tongue-in-cheek, that the neem’s distinct scent can also “preserve individuals away”, a bonus in our occasions of social distancing.
Object Density’s Lens Luminaire AP
With this site-specific set up, designers Nicola Charlesworth and Kim Stanek redefine a component of waste — dead-stock lenses from ophthalmic optics firm Essilor — whereas paying tribute to one among Eindhoven’s most iconic buildings, De Bruin Heer. The duo examined the optician’s course of and manufacturing (the constructing homes Mr Brown Specs & Beans, a luxurious optician and low cafe) to create the set up that “seeks to reinstate every lens’ inherent magnificence and worth, [while] the distortion of the sunshine supply highlights the distinctive optical properties of every lens”.
Studio Hendrikx’s Dwelling Coffin
This isn’t meant to be macabre, however quite a technique to turn into one with nature. Utilizing mycelium — the basis community of mushrooms that inventor-biodesigner Bob Hendrikx says constantly remodel “useless natural matter into contemporary plant meals” — the coffin brings people into the cycle of life, serving to people enrich the soil as a substitute of polluting it.
The Dutch Design Week is on until October 25.Particulars: ddw.nl