November 29, 2016
The annual graduate show of Design Academy Eindhoven is a veritable treasure trove of great design ideas, too numerous to document in full. Here is our selection of graduates whose works should definitely not be overlooked.
Oddly Satisfying Props for Order by Hayo Gebauer
For all neat-freaks out there Hayo Gebauer has created the perfect product to satisfy those obsessive urges to arrange and rearrange everything: a set of mixed material trays with ribbed surfaces which can be stacked in multiple ways. A great way to display everything from jewellery to individual cigarettes (all aligned perfectly of course).
Sound Scene by Sanne Gelissen
Want to listen to your music in an open plan space without disturbing other people? Sanne Gelissen has the answer. Sound Scene is a highly directional speaker which concentrates sound waves and beams them to your target with laser focus. Once you step away from the audio zone the volume quickly drops off. Perfect for super-small parties.
Playing with Weapons by Hannah van Luttervelt
Cuddly as they may seem, these stuffed toy missiles and bombs by Hannah van Luttervelt are all life-sized, including the infamous "Little Boy" atomic bomb that was unleashed in Hiroshima. Sobering to think that such small objects can wreak so much havoc.
Woven Warmth by Alica Pola Knabe
According to designer Alica Pola Knabe the bathroom should be warm and intimate, so why are they full of cold, hard surfaces? This inspired her to develop Woven Warmth, a bathroom radiator half encased in a woven felt lattice sleeve which adds a bit of much needed colour, texture and warmth to the smallest room.
Marble Earth by Bart Joachim van Uden
The popularity of chipboard furniture with artificial wood veneers is largely down to their low cost, which is also why they never quite shook off this image of naffness. Bart Joachim van Uden has given this much maligned material a makeover by covering them with photographic images from Google Earth chosen to look like marble and other natural stone, which looks absolutely delightful.
Lumps of Clay by Thomas Nathan
Thomas Nathan is a ceramicist who emphasises the link between the maker and the object by focusing on the smallest unit of production - tiny lumps of clay stamped with the designer's fingerprints. These are then used to build up objects such as bowls and cups, all of which bear the indelible imprints of their maker.
Miro by Edite Jakubovska
As the growth of cities continues unabated, nature and greenery is becoming ever more precious. Edite Jakubovska created Miro, a wall-mounted shelf surrounded by seven adjustable mirrors, to showcase the beauty of plants. The mirrors provide multiple views of the subject, offering your plant (or any other precious object) exposure fit for a star.
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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