You may find this table “Tafel” by Mareanne Bosch quite interesting. Mareanne chiselled an 18th century coffee table by hand into the sleek shape of an industrially manufactured aluminum table. Merging a clean modern archetype and an antique stylized shape, both need one another to continue standing.
Email mareannebosch [at] wanadoo [dot] nl for more information.
Another clever graduation project from the Design Academy Eindhoven was “Hide and See”, furniture designed by Jetske Verdonk – where storage becomes a part of the decorum. Constantly packed with inquiring minds, this project was a huge crowd pleaser.
For more information contact Jetske at jetskeverdonk[at]hotmail[dot]com
(images from holly becker for decor8)
“Sharing Chair” from Mieke Meijer.
Mieke sees a trend in the Netherlands – people are becoming more and more self-centered. She hopes that this chair, if used in public places, could lead to change, helping people see that sharing is a good thing.
“It’s a challenge to design mature products that make people realize that sharing them is a fun thing” Mieke says. Because this is a rocking chair and is a bit unstable, it’s the perfect chair for a waiting room because it “makes people aware of each other and forces them to start a conversation”, Mieke adds.
Time to enter the Graduation Galleries. This is where 140 design graduates from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven present their innovative products to the public for the first time. Strolling through the galleries, lingering at each presentation, I could feel a definite energy in the air. The designers were so friendly and most were on hand to explain their projects. All were invited to vote for their favorite, but I could not narrow it down to just one. I’m sure after you see these photos, you’ll have a hard time as well. :)
(image from holly becker for decor8)