Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

November 01, 2017

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Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Product design is a mainstay of any design school, but we are consistently impressed by the ability of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates to elevate product design to a much more conceptual level, creating products that are clever, thought-provoking and often surprisingly delightful.  Here are a few from the 2017 class which caught our eye.


Marjolijn Senders - Urban Wicker

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Bored of bags that are all utility and no style?  Marjolijn Senders comes to the rescue with the Urban Wicker collection of bags, which are inspired by her mission to bring together traditional craftsmanship and modern industrial techniques.  Her chosen materials are natural wicker, well known for its tensile strength, and industrial polyester, which are woven together to create an integrated fabric combining the strengths of both.  The resulting bags, which include a rucksack and a shopper, look like space-age baskets and are sure to turn heads.   

Looking for a good looking and super functional bag?  Try the Superbag Vertical Shopper from Nava.

Superbag Vertical Shopper Laptop Tote Bag - Dark Grey

See more: Marjolijn Senders


Kristaps Politis - Printstrument

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Child geniuses (and how to create them) was on the mind of Kristaps Politis when he came up with the idea of Printstrument, a 3D-printed modular musical instrument.  The idea is to create a fun and incentivising musical instrument which can increase in range and complexity with the addition of new modules as the child becomes more proficient.  Sounds wonderful to us!

For an equally fun and stimulating toy try the Tangram 3D from Pico Pao.

Tangram 3D Blue

See more: Kristaps Politis


Florence Louisy - Inertia

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Belgium is well known for many things: chocolates, Eurocrats and the blackest marble in the world, which is mined from the quarry at Mazy.  Florence Louisy is impressed by the high thermal inertia of this unique material and designed a series of products which capitalises on its ability to absorb and retain heat.  These include a "mural" which, when mounted above a fireplace, helps to deflect and radiate heat long after the fire is out; a stool with the black marble as its seat, a bed warmer and a dish warmer.

Black marble is a great material for accessories, such as this beautiful Pepe mirror from Menu.

Pepe Marble Mirror - Brass Frame and Black Marble Base

See more: Florence Louisy


Thom Bindels - Digging Conditions

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Technological progress may have vastly enhanced our capabilities, but we sometimes need to be brought back down to earth and be reminded of our limitations.  Designer Thom Bindels tries to do so by creating three tools inspired by philosopher Hannah Arendt's definition of "active life".  The futility of "Labour" is demonstrated by a wheelbarrow that automatically ejects its contents; "Work" (and our desire to leave our mark in the world) is represented by a shovel that compresses soil into blocks; whilst a double-armed sand drill portrays "Action" and the need for collaboration in our daily lives.  Thought-provoking and very hard work.


For something distinctly more useful and less hard work try the stormproof umbrella from Senz.

Original Red Senz Umbrella

See more: Thom Bindels


Dita Pane - Plywood Marquetry

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

In a bid to modernise the ancient craft of marquetry, designer Dita Pane created a series of plywood panels decorated with inlays using other inexpensive woods, all manufactured with the aid of laser cutters and CNC machines.  The end results look fresh and contemporary and would work well for furniture or decoration.

Looking to achieve the marquetry look on a budget?  Try the Scrapwood on Teak Chevron wallpaper from NLXL

Scrapwood On Teak Chevron Wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek

See more: Dita Pane


Simone Smelt - Speculum

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Simone Smelt is an interdisciplinary designer fascinated by our perception of space.  The Speculum soft tone mirrors create an illusion of space with a captivating "worm hole" effect which changes course when you touch the mirror.  Beautiful, poetic and no doubt very good for taking selfies. 

For a spectacular wall mirror check out the Lucky Eye OLED wall light / mirror from Blackbody.

 Lucky Eye - Small - Wall OLED Light (BB 78.28)

See more: Simone Smelt


Milan Tak - Cycling Cinema

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Netflix and video-on-demand may have turned every living room into a centre of entertainment but nothing quite beats the romance and full sensory experience of watching a movie at the cinema.  So, in an attempt to tempt us off our sofas, designer Milan Tak has created a mobile cinema to take the movie experience to the road.  The is essentially an Art-Deco style trailer complete with screen, projector, sound system and, of course, a popcorn container, all attached to a bicycle.  Perhaps not the best option for viewing quality, but definitely full marks for fun.

Looking for a fun and irreverent gift?  Try the porcelain Skateboard tray from Seletti.

Porcelain Skateboard Tray

See more: Milan Tak


Thomas Van Der Sman - Pong

Objects of Desire - Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show Roundup

Thomas Van Der Sman one day discovered the delights of the industrial extrusion welding gun and decided to showcase what it can do.  He ended up creating a ping-pong table out of polyethylene sheets which have been welded together using a unique orange weld.  The end result is not only very stable but is also graffiti-proof and fully recyclable.  

Inspired by what you can do with bits of plastic?  Check out the Fish Design spaghetti bowl from Corsi, made entirely out of plastic resin.

Fish Design Spaghetti Bowl - Blue

See more: Thomas Van Der Sman 

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