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14 Students from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague designed a uniform and a car striping for the (not existing) European police. This project is done in the context of NLTR400. The results were shown during Istanbul Design Week (25-30 September 2012). Read more.

Proposal for the European police car by Timo ter Braak and Jasper Terra.

Timo ter Braak

Bram de Leeuw

Romana Siemons

Erik Muusse

Orphé Tan-A-Kiam

Jasper van Blokland

Julian Kleyn

Malou Koopman

Roos Groothuizen

Tom Lugtmeijer

Tjitske Oosterholt

Gert Dumbar, teacher KABK

Michel Hoogervorst, teacher KABK

Ada Lopes Cardozo, teacher KABK

Ed Annink, Design and Government

Laura van Uitert, Design and Government

Jasper Terra

Politie-Polis-Carabi... uniform designs

Overlapping Europe the inflatable series™

Timo ter Braak and Jasper Terra

Looking at the map of Europe you can find patterns. Each individual country has it’s own colour and identity, all countries identified by their flag. What if you combine the flag with the shape of that country and use it as a pattern? You’ll get colourful shapes (some say it looks like a camouflage pattern, some say it looks like
geography on acid). The design can be applied a million different ways, overlapping design and fashion. The concept of overlapping was also used to create a siren, combining all twenty-seven national anthems into one beautiful composition. To top it off, the suit is inflatable to maximise the police force’s efficiency in case of riots or pool parties.

Future Police

Romana Siemons and Bram de Leeuw

The suit is futuristic in an organised and functional way. The organised part lays in the pattern of the suit. By connecting the 27 counteries of Europe with each other and shaping it in the country that the police represents, a unique pattern is created. Every shape is unique but maintains the same style. And it’s also a functional suit because it uses LED’s to spel POLIS (or POLITIE, POLICE, etc.). The fabric is conductiv so all the electronics are supplied with power by these threads.

European police uniform

Erik Muusse and Danicha Leliveld

How could the gap between hooligans, protesters, gangsters etc. and the European police diminish? Through a uniform inspired by the clothing worn by these groups of people. For this reason the main colour is black for the outfit and the material leather for the jacket. A hood can be worn on a daily base, but in extreme situations it can be expanded with a cap and a mask to protect the face.

Super European Police

Orphé Tan-A-Kiam and Jasper van Blokland

The police are Super Heroes who can change their uniform to adapt to different circumstances, anywhere, anytime.

Modern & functional

Julian Kleyn and Malou Koopman

Starting point was the user of the uniform. The police officer should feel comfortable and stand out as police. To achieve this a modular vest can be worn over the uniform. Depending on the task, pockets, bags and other gear can be attached at will with the MOLLE system. The uniform itself is light grey with a highly visible yellow. This is accompanied by a country code pattern of the country.

One police, One symbol

Roos Groothuizen and Liz Klaver

When traveling through Europe, it is sometimes very unclear to recognize the police, since they all wear different uniforms and drive different looking cars in every country. But the police should be as recognizable as the red cross/crescent or an airport symbol. This way, people can communicate without using words in different languages. By making the police extremely recognizable and visible it will be safer in the city and on the highway.


Tom Lugtmeijer and Tjitske Oosterholt

By using exaggerated shapes, but also elegant details and soft fabrics, the police can be both more present to the one and less present to the other. Collaboration and progress within the European Union are starting point for the production. The shape of the uniform and the typeface is based on the pentagon, which is drawn from the stars of the European flag.