November 15, 2019
If a sign of great design is to create highly desirable products which you didn't know you needed, then this year's graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven are full of creative geniuses. Here are a few of our favourite projects.
SATOMI MINOSHIMA - SKIN TOTEAs most enlightened souls would (hopefully) agree, the colour of our skin has no bearing on our character and capabilities. Differences in skin colour should therefore be celebrated for what they are, not for what others assume they represent. This is the inspiration behind Satomi Minoshima's Skin Tote bags, a series of silicon bags in different skin tones and in shapes which recall different body postures. A great way to "wear" your skin colour with pride, at the same time making the point that your skin is but the vessel carrying your personality.
See more: Satomi Minoshima
AURELIE VARGA - MINIMAL
Medical splints are necessary, but also rather ugly, which is a disaster. Afterall, what if you hurt your finger just before a red carpet event? The horrendous white bandage will never go with your glamorous ball gown. Designer Aurelie Varga has the perfect answer for such sticky situations: a collection of minimalist copper wearables which immobilises your injured hand or finger just like splints but with the sleek good looks of fine jewellery. Every cloud has a copper lining, as you could say.
See more: Aurelie Varga
DORIAN RENARD - THE BEAUTY OF DISTORTION
The environment is a hot topic in the design world, with the wasteful overuse of plastic one of the most intractable issues. Instead of finding ways to recycle plastic, perhaps we should make it so beautiful that people won't throw it away in the first place? Designer Dorian Renard explores this intriguing idea by applying glass blowing techniques to create a series of decorative plastic objects with delicate forms and creative artistry to rival the glass masterpieces from Murano. Proof, if any is needed, that plastic can indeed be fantastic.
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Jetske Korenromp - Rebloom
The Netherlands is the largest cut flower producer and also hosts the largest flower auction market in the world. This, unfortunately, also means that the country produces a huge amount of flower wastage, as unsold blooms are often just thrown away. Designer Jetske Korenromp's ingenious solution to this problem is to turn the discarded flowers into gift wrap and packaging for flowers. She does so by applying traditional paper-making techniques to create a delightfully rustic material, complete with the remnants of the flowers which once bloomed so brightly. A beautiful solution which is great for the planet.
See more: Jetske Korenromp
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
December 15, 2020
American artist-designer John Eric Byers cites, amongst others, Donald Judd and Richard Serra as sources of his inspiration. The influence of these American masters of minimalism are clear to see from the furniture he has created.
October 08, 2020
Detractors of minimalism often decry the cold, impersonal nature of the style. However, when executed intelligently, minimalist designs can be surprisingly expressive. The furniture collections of designer Niko Koronis is a case in point.
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