Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - Furniture


Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureThe Design Academy Eindhoven is a reliable breeding ground for future design talent. This year's graduation show is no exception. Here are our favourite furniture projects.



Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureMaterials provide an endless source of inspiration for designers. In Paul Coenen's case his weapon of choice is industrial sheet metal, well known for its strength and flexibility. These are laser-cut, bent and inserted into slots to realise three-dimensional designs, which rely on the inherent tension of the metal sheets to hold the objects together with nary a screw, bolt or sweaty welder in sight. The resulting bench and shelves are not only clever but also exude a cool space-age vibe. Ikea - take note.

For a similarly sleek and minimalist metal design check out the Void Stool from Desalto.

Void Stool - Desalto - Do Shop

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Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureAs far as materials go, bottom ash, which is the residue left after household rubbish has been incinerated in waste-to-energy power plants, is about as unglamorous as it gets. But not for Carissa Ten Tije, who develops techniques to turn bottom ash into a terrazzo-like material, which can then be used to make benches and other furniture. This act of recycling the waste material from another recycling process is no empty green gesture - afterall on average the waste from every Dutch household creates 57.5 kg of bottom ash. That's a lot of benches.

Boost your environmental credentials with the Scraplight series of lights from Graypants - these are all hand-crafted using recycled corrugated cardboard.

Scraplight Sun Suspension Light - Graypants - Do Shop

See more: Carissa Ten Tije



Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureAnother common theme amongst designers is the desire to evoke a sense of place. Inspired by the constant building and rebuilding of war-torn Lebanon, designer Micheline Nahra deconstructed a large table and four chairs and used the materials to construct a small table and one chair. These beautifully crafted items of furniture feel rather otherworldly and melancholic, heavy with memories of past family gatherings and a sense of displacement.

The My Beautiful Backside sofa from Moroso is another good example of how to tell stories with beautiful designs.

 My Beautiful Backside Sofa - Moroso - Do Shop

See more: Micheline Nahra



Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureFrom strife-riven Lebanon we travel to the flood-prone city of Venice in Italy, where the infamous acqua alta (or high tide) regularly overcomes homes, shops and restaurants with inches of water. Designer Federico Rosa draws attention to this environmental plight with a series of tables and chairs which have bronze-tipped legs featuring barnacles, seaweed and other detritus commonly brought in with the floods. This is a witty and thought-provoking reminder of the effects of climate change and a perfect souvenir for the homesick Venetian abroad.

Create your own watery scene at home with the Lobster wallpaper from Mind The Gap.

Lobster Wallpaper - Mind The Gap - Do Shop

See more: Federico Rosa



Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureItaly is renowned for its deep historical heritage, great design and, of course, its amazing food. Inspired by the humble pasta, a culinary icon which arguably touches the Italian psyche more than anything else, designer Gianmaria Della Ratta has translated the extrusion process used in pasta factories to new materials and created tables, chairs and accessories which look remarkably like last night's dinner at your local Italian restaurant. Conversely, he also borrowed 3D printing technology from the design world to create some rather unusual looking pasta in partnership with a Michelin-starred restaurant in Eindhoven. A deliciously inventive way to explore the complex relationship between food, design and national identity.

Make the best pasta dish ever with the ABCT pasta wok from KN Industrie.

ABCT Pasta Wok 32 cm - KN Industrie - Do Shop

See more: Gianmaria Della Ratta



Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureArtists and architects throughout history have been inspired by the way light can transform colours and atmospheres. Designer Luiza Guidi aims to follow the footsteps of acknowledged masters of light such as Tadao Ando and Luis Barragan with the Maya light, a rectangular metal frame with an inbuilt LED strip which is fixed to the wall on one side. The frame can be opened or closed like a window, which changes the angle of the light and the shadow it casts on the wall, creating a three-dimensional light sculpture which is beautifully evocative.

Create an equally evocative wall light experience with the Skyline wall light from LZF

Skyline Wall Light - LZF - Do Shop

See more: Luiza Guidi



Design Academy Eindhoven 2019 Highlights - FurnitureA pervasive theme amongst the works of this year's graduates is the impact of social media on everyday life. Designer Boris Brucher, who is clearly in tune with millennials, points out how platforms such as Instagram and Airbnb fetishise design classics in images of ravishing interiors which are eagerly consumed by people who are ever more removed from experiencing the real objects. He has created a number of "chairs" by printing images of design classics onto cloths which are then draped over structures constructed with scaffolding poles, thus highlighting the yawning gap between what looks good in an image and what feels good in reality. Images of these "chairs", ironically, will probably do well on Instagram.

 For a very real and very comfortable chair, try the Dining Chair from Mater

The Dining Chair - Mater - Do Shop

See more: Boris Brucher