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inspiring projects or concepts in relation to our programme 'Design and Government'. These projects from all over the world touch themes such as cultural diversity, society, identity and perception. They contribute to a better understanding about creativity amongst the government, ánd amongst designers.

Ed Annink (†2012), intendant 2010

Forgotten memory 2010

Jetske Visser

For her graduation project Jetske Visser produced a pink tea set comprising 120 pieces. What a wonderful idea to make objects of wax. They look like products but will melt directly when pooring tea or coffee into them. Visser talks about Alzheimer and remembrance. What is the meaning of a product if you cannot remember how to use them? Design can express the vulnarability of humans.

Endless, 2010

Dirk van der Kooij

By combining different techniques, Dirk van der Kooij, graduated in 2010 at the Design Academy Eindoven, was able to design an automated but very flexible process. He taught a robot to produce a chair out of scrap plastic. An endless strip of plastic used to make endless variations in product types, colors and shapes. A robot as a craftsman, a designer as a curious researcher and plastic scrap as material. And the chair is very comfortable!

Jerszy Seymour
Jerszy Seymour cookes and boiles. He dives deep into the world of design as an artist. At the same time he rationalizes as a designer. From a chair for Magis he jumps into an experimental project with students. Elastic, bright and intelligent. Well spoken and curious. Jerszy is a todays talent. Looking at the future of design for society. A promise for tomorrow.

Bastian Visch

Bastian Visch is a 3d year fashion student at the Royal Academy of Arts in the Hague. His designs are not ready yet for wearing, however they are intriguing and interesting. Bastian Visch seems to be a very concentrated talent, I am curious to see where he will land within some years. The white suit with the black thread stitching is wonderful. As if a white spider used black lines to catch flies. A suit that leaves an imprint in my mind.


Merel Broers

Merel Broers confronts the fashion world with illustrations. It is the vulnerable quality in her work that makes me think of a fresh, just 'produced' egg with a thin, not yet hardened, skin. Very touching indeed. Until now she makes black illustrations on white surfaces. Storytelling beauties. All of that makes me curious to see more. When commerce finds her, I hope she will maintain her quality.

Postmen in New York, 2008

Reineke Otten

Reineke Otten is a designer who thinks as an anthropologist. She is a researcher, curious and precise. Reineke archives as an anthropologist but visualizes as a designer. Creative, organized and critical optimistic. Worldwide she has photographed more than thousand, formal and informal, uniforms.
The collection is amazing and raises questions about society and diversity.

3D polyamid printed shoes, 2010

Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf

Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf, of Beckmans & Konstfack respectively, designed and modelled the shoes for Selective Laser Sintering (the one with all the powder and the lasers) and produced five pairs for Naim's "Melonia" collection, shown during Stockholm Fashion Show earlier this month. The concept for the shoes calls for further exploration in ever-developing rapid prototyping processes. The pair envisages a world in which we could produce and recycle such objects in a closed loop.

Random Statistics 01, 2009

Jeroen ten Berge

An inspiring way of making data attractive. This nice visual by New Zealand graphic designer Jeroen ten Berge shows us how many animals an average human being eats in a lifetime.

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25 woodworms and microphone, 2009

Zimoun (1977)

Repitition, sound, space, drama. Zimoun explores space. Not in its spatial architecture but more by overtaking it. His very inspirational installations are more than pure repitition of sounds and movements. Interesting how this young and self educated artist is revitalising minimal art with lightness and humour. Check his website and watch some videos.

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a remarkable 11th century village. It is strange to walk through the small streets that give you the feeling as if you are in a postcard. In summer times there are so many people with cameras that the postcard pictures can only be taken from 3 meters above the ground. On ground level shops, coffee, pies and other tourist stuff. But hey, every community needs some economy. I liked being there for one day. Especially when I saw this great light blue house on a high basement. Possibly constructed that way because of high water rising.

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Filip Dujardin (1971)

Filip Dujardin is a photographer who creates imaginative architectural constructions. I wonder if he first makes a picture of an existing building and then starts to change the scenery or if there was no building at all to begin with. Maybe he made this impossible building with visual elements of another building. Deconstructions, impossible constructions, strange volumes and a very talented eye and hand. Great fantasy, wonderful esthetics as well. Maybe a bit of an M.C. Escher. He also makes great pictures for commercial clients!

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The Birds of the British Isles and their Eggs, 1898

Frederick William Frohawk (1861-1946)

Craftsmen who use their talents to reproduce nature in drawings are higly inspiring to me. At around the second half of the 19th century craftmanship had a romantic relation to nature. Impressing artists were for example William Morris (1834-1896) and later Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932). This Frohawk drawings of the egg of a great auk was made for scientific and educational purposes - Frohawk published in 1989 a book with hundreds of wonderful detailed drawings. Birds and their eggs. Fascinating. Find more information here.

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Self, 1991

Marc Quinn (1964)

Self is a frozen sculpture of the artist's head made from 10 pints of his own blood, taken from his body over a period of five months. The sculpture needs a constant temperature. In that sense the work is as vulnerable as life itself.

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hiha, 1992

John Kormeling (1951)

I believe this work was originally made for a building in Gorinchem, the Netherlands. When I see this work I always notice a certain distance between the artist and the viewer. It makes me feel uncomfortable. As if little creatures are laughing without making themselves visible. They make a fool out of me. But it makes me happy at the same time. It`s remarkable how art touches my nervous system.

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Untitled, 2008

David Shrigley (1968)

I saw this drawing in Cologne and it made me feel boundlessly happy. This work of Shringley is adventurous, it excites me to 'go without thinking of the consequences'. It is naive, encouraging, challenging and colorful. Art as stimulator.

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Untitled (I shop therefore I am), 1987

Barbara Kruger (1945)

This wonderful statement from artist Barbara Kruger was made more than 22 years ago. I saw it in 1988 or 89. It still is a discussion and today even more appropriate. The thin line between the needs and the wants of the consumerism is difficult to draw. I live with the idea that the more we shop the more we lose. This work confronts me. It forces me to think and to choose.

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Animal chair, 2004

Fernando (1953) and Humberto Campana (1961)

To sit on animals is not only for children a sensation. This chair (nonetheless functional) creates a vivid story. Toy animals are confronting us in many ways; educational (never seen such an animal before but I can imagine how they must look like in real), comfortness (as a toy they are so approachable and soft) and fantasy (they evoke romantism and fantasized personal stories). The chair is like a book, and I can sit in it. I wonder what Bruno Munari would think of it.

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Vitra Showroom Weil am Rhein, Germany 2010

Herzog & the Meuron (1950)

Designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron this showroom (opening March 2010) is the latest architectural addition at the Vitra Head quarters campus. Vitra seems not only to collect furniture that changed the landscape of design but they have also buildings by Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando and other important architects that push the borders of space, construction, function and the social impact of architecture.

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Many spoken words, 2009

Su-Mei Tse (1973)

What an impressive thought to combine a traditional fountain (always a sign of peace and order) with black ink. The ink changes the traditional fountain from order into something that makes me restless. The content and meaning of the object is under suspense. Art that creates a certain danger. It reminds me of The Birds from Hitchcock. Su-Mai Tse is graduated at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, she lives and works in Paris and Luxembourg. Find here an interview with her.

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Silence, 1994

Mona Hatoum (1952)

I saw the work of Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum for the first time at MuHKA in Antwerp, Belgium.
It was striking how she, at that time, found a balance between design and art. That contributed a lot to the discussion in the design world about its boarders. Should design be a result of pragmatic and rational processing for the consumer market? I am convinced that design carries meanings by memories and experience.

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Lysergic Acid Diethylamide, 2000

Damien Hirst (1965)

The title of this painting is 'Lysergic Acid Diethylamide'. This is the medical name for LSD or acid, a semisynthetic psychedelic drug. The British Damien Hirst stated in an interview that looking at the colors of the dots in the painting, might have a healing effect. For those who read this text, understand that the dots wé use in this site (representing the individual I.P. adresses of computers) do not have any relation with the statements of Damien Hirst. The color configuration of the dots in this site changes per hour. Good to understand that every object has more than one meaning.

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The Street, 2004

Lars Arrhenius (1966)

A normal day and night shown with dynamic pictograms. Very interesting after having seen and appreciate the non moving pictograms of Gerd Arntz and Otto Neurath.
(Put on the sound.)

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Tips for artists who want to sell, 1966

John Baldessari (1931)

It was 1987 when I first saw the great work of this intriguing conceptual artist. At that time I bought a book of his work and left in the airplane that took me back to Amsterdam. Because of a sleeping pill I was completely dizzy and forgot to take the book with me, probably lying under my chair..
John Baldessari - Pure Beauty, on show through January 2010 in Tate Modern, London UK
Read more

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Homage to Yves Klein, 2008

Ingo Maurer (1932)

The world famous designer of light objects Ingo Maurer asked a Japanese artist to reproduce an artwork of Yves Klein. Below you can see the original image on which this blue sculpture is based.

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Leap into the void, 1960

Yves Klein (1928-1962)

In October 1960, Harry Shunk made a series of pictures re-creating a jump that Yves Klein said to have done earlier in the year. The jumping Klein and the surrounding scene were collaged together and rephotographed. Klein distributed a fake photo sheet at Parisian newsstands in order to create the illusion that the event had actually taken place.

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Preserving memories, 2008

Roger Cremers (1972)

A series of pictures by Roger Cremers won an award at the 2009 World Press Photo. The full title of the series is Preserving Memory: Visitors at the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, 30 April-4 May.
Find more information here.

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'As they say' 2006

Olof Arnalds (1980)

The musical video with the title 'As they say' was the graduation project of Olof Arnalds in 2006 at the Iceland Art Academy. Have a look at the video here and visit his website on which other interesting videowork can be seen.

Charter for Compassion, 2009

In February 2008, Karen Armstrong won the TED Prize and called for the creation of a Charter for Compassion to bring together people of different religions and moral codes in a powerful common cause. The Charter launches November 12, accompanied by thousands of self-organized events. To help prepare the way, offers six talks from six perspectives.

We are all connected, 2009


YouTube user melodysheep has posted his video "We Are All Connected" featuring clips from several scientists, including Richard Feynman.

Walden, 2007

Nils Holger Moormann

The concept of simple life influenced the garden-project from Nils Holger Moormann, which invites one to live outdoors. Garden-owners are able to store various tools in this ‘wooden box’ of unusual proportions. As a whole, ‘Walden’ offers lots of room for things we associate with ‘garden’ and ‘outdoors’ and honours them with a layout, in which they can be seen: birdhouse and bird seed, flower pot and water can, grill utensils and picnic table.

Dropping a Han dynasty urn, 1995

Ai Weiwei (1957)

For the production of his artworks, Ai Weiwei often acquires objects such as chinese antiquities, ancient trees and tree roots, or spiritual artefacts that he subsequently transforms. Whether he covers antique earthenware with industrial paints, converts centuries old temple beams into wooden maps, or drops Han dynasty urns onto flagstones: Ai Weiwei creates new connections and through his works pointedly questions how old and new can coexist, what the new quality of tradition could look like, how does China relate to itself: ‘for something existing to develop into a new direction is not only interesting but necessary.’

The colors of our skin


While skin color is determined by genetics, besides tanning, in our modern world we have additional drivers behind the colors of skin. With globalization more people are living in areas where their skin tone is not aligned with the environment with which they live. Of course skin color is constantly adapting, and it is interesting to wonder what the colors of our skin will be like in the future due to this voluntary movement and the constantly changing genetic mixtures of modern families.

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Humanchair, 2002

Martin Azua (1965)

The Spanish designer Martin Azua lives and works in Barcelona. Some years ago, when design was a cultural hype in the magazines, Martin came out with a remarkable idea for a chair. A chair constructed without any industry material and no specific color. The chair is not for sale in shops and can also not be bought trough internet. In fact it is a pleasurable chair for just some minutes. Made by happy people.
Watch the video at Martin's website.

Playing with tradition, 2009

Richard Hutten (1967)

This carpet by Richard Hutten is called “Playing With Tradition” and it plays on the historical relationship of looms and computers by looking exactly like a digital image that has been pixel-stretched. Hutten has designed furniture and other products for Droog and Sawaya and Moroni, among others, and this rug was designed for I+I’s Strawberry Fields project.

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Light Blubs, 2008

Pieke Bergmans (1978)

A series of unique crystal lamps by Pieke Bergmans, with Royal Leerdam Crystal and Solid Lighting.
You may wonder: What is a light blub?? The answer is simple: it is a light bulb that has gone way out of line. Infected by the dreaded Design Virus, these Blubs have taken on all kinds of forms and sizes you wouldn't expect from such well behaving and reliable little products. Nevertheless, they seem to be enjoying their new free existences.

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Nature Park (Superstudio), 2009

Bas Princen

A botanical garden in China, the structure of the glued on tiles winds through the entire area. The flowers seem to be secondary and building flaws are not disguised by the Chinese.

GINA Light Visionary Model, 2008

BMW (video)

Instead of steel, aluminum or carbon fiber, the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model has a body of seamless fabric stretched over a movable metal frame that allows the driver to change its shape at will. The car — which actually runs and drives — is a styling design headed straight for the BMW Museum in Munich and so it will never see production, but building a practical car wasn’t the point. GINA allowed the design team of BMW to 'challenge existing principles and conventional processes'.

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The Lava Project, 2009

White Elephant DesignLab

The decision to emboss the date 02009 into the lava flow fields on Hawaii, had been made soon after having seen the incredibly strong but also peaceful sceneries of active lava flows. The vast amount of energy that sits right beneath our feet originates from processes that started billions of years ago, literally linking the present with the creation of our planet, as part of the universe. The marks that have been left in the flow fields could be suitable to emphasize the urgent need to raise awareness for long-term thinking and higher reponsibility towards our own and future generations.

Lepidoptera Domestica

Manon van Kouswijk (1967)

Butterflies cut out of plastic bowls, wooden plates and other household items. Manon van Kouswijk created a butterfly collection, exploring all aspects of collecting; fun and obsession, diversity and similarity, flea market and wunderkammer.

Bruder Klaus Chapel

Peter Zumthor (1943)

A small concrete chapel on the edge of a field built by local farmers. It was cast in concrete around a cluster of 120 tree trunks, cut from a local forest, which were then slowly smoked away. The meticulous arrangement of the trees into a tear or leaf shape created the oculus that provides the only light for the small dark space. The chapel was built to honor Nicholas von Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland also known as Bruder Klaus, and contains his statue along with a single bench and some candles.

Atlas of Anatomy, 1854

J.M. Bourger (1797–1849) & H. Jacob (1782–1871)

The Atlas of Anatomy by Jean Baptiste Marc Bourgery  is not only a massive event in medical history, but also remains one of the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated anatomical treatises ever published in any language. Bourger created his atlas in cooperation with illustrator Nicolas Henri Jacob, a student of the French painter Jacques Louis David.  

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Wim Delvoye (1965)

A hand painted gas canister with blue Delftware windmill motifs that we see more often on the tiles
and tableware sold in the 'Porcelaine Fles' in Delft among other shops.
It is not clear who can claim Blue Delftware as a motif, because the general motif is the result of
various international influences.    
The Belgian artist Wim Delvoye evokes questions on identity and perception with this blue Delftware motif on a gas canister.

Big Blue, 1981-82

Bridget Riley (1931)

Stripes are in fashion, we see them all around us. On the tableware of Iitalla for example, designed by  industrial designer Aflfredo Haberli, and on the European flag designed by Rem Koolhaas. The stripes of Koolhaas are the produce of a rational reasoning about flags and economy. In Haberli's case it looks like he reuses the stripes designed by English fashion designer Paul Smith. Paul Smith meanwhile seems to be inspired by Bridget Riley (London, 1931), who manufactured this painting in 1981-82, titled Big Blue.

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In & Out - In the City

Fabrice Fouillet

Fabrice Fouillet is an artist and photographer. These tupperware boxes, with figures that have been placed inside by using photoshop, evoke memories of discussion on apartment buildings, with shoe-box-like homes.

Bauhaus in Dessau, 1919

The Staatliches Bauhaus was formed by Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany. The study program combined crafts and the fine arts and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. It operated from 1919 to 1933. Bauhaus was founded with the idea of creating a 'total' work of art in which all arts, including architecture would eventually be brought together.  The school existed in three German cities (Weimar, Dessau and Berlin), under three different architect-directors: Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

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Accotement Fleuri, 2005

Wout Berger (1941)

Wout Berger's photographs capture the plants' struggle to survive and the conflict between development and nature. By focusing on a patch of land, he inverts the traditional concept of landsape where the foreground, horizon and sky guide the eye through the space. Instead, as the viewer gazes, the small details which constitute the land, emerge. This photograph was taken somewhere along a road in Holland, despite the pollution of exhaust gasses, the flowers keep on growing.

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Moving forest – Urban play, 2008

NL Architects for Droog Design
photo: Clement Guillaume

This park on wheels, also called a 'grove of trees in shopping trolleys' revives the paved areas in the city where green is scarce.

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The night sky

Royal Astronomical Society

Photos taken by night show the light density on our planet.

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Dressing the meat of tomorrow, 2006

James King

Recent advances in tissue engineering have enabled us to grow meat without the expense, cruelty and traditions of rearing the whole animal. This project examines how we might design this kind of food. 

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Self Portrait, 1999-2001

Ni Haifeng (1964)

A series of seven photographs of various painted parts of the artist's body. For these photos, the artist's body was painted with motifs from blue-and-white porcelain, the kind that was exported long ago from China to Europe and started a Western craze. Ni takes charge of his own labeling and makes himself anonymous by showing only fragments of his body as part of the Porcelain Export history.

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Advertising poster, 1923

Aleksandr Rodchenko (1891-1965)

This poster is advertising for red October cookies. Under NEP, government enterprises were obliged to compete in the open market. Between 1923 and 1925, Rodchenko created more than 150 advertising and packaging designs. He often worked in collaboration with the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, who wrote the slogans. Conscious of the paradox of using capitalist-style advertising in the service of revolutionary goals, they created ads that promoted Communist ideology as well as state products.

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Timbered Tunnel, 2008

Phoebe Washburn (1973)

A corridor in Philadelphia clad with discarded planks, what the artist calls 'spontaneous architecture'. These shapes are according to the artist less about the form itself than about the activity involved in amassing and assembling the forms.

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Spool chairs, 2008

Keisuke Fujiwara (1971)
Photo: Satoshi Asakawa

Two classic Thonet chairs have been wrapped in thread with the colours of fire and water. Each model contains 6 km of thread in a blend of 12 colours. It took three people two months to complete two chairs. Therefore these chairs express the time needed to make quality objects by hand.

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Technological Dreams, 2007

Anthony Dunne (1967) and Fiona Raby (1963)

One day, in the future, robots will take care of our every need. It is a fantasy that remains. But how will we interact with them? These objects are meant to spark a discussion about how we would like our robots to relate to us: subservient, intimate, dependent, equal?

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Car cover, 2008


Bless, from Berlin, put their humorous touch to the project, by crafting an extremely precise and detailed cover - with carefully formed shapes for the wipers, wheels, exhaust pipes, door handles, etc. - which, when not fitted on the car, can be turned into a couch, filled with foam and inflatable objects of all sorts.

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Merry-go-round coat check, 2008

Wieki Somers (1976) and Dylan van den Berg (1971)

A coat-check carrousel that invites visitors to hoist their personal belongings high above their heads and thus out of reach for others. 

The story of stuff, 2007

Annie Leonar (1964)

This 20-minute film takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture; from resource extraction to iPod incineration.
Watch the movie

Artvertising, 2006

Teun Castelein (1980)

It is a spectacular work of art on the façade of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam consisting of more than 300 logos and trademarks of businesses, organisations and people. The entire façade consists of more than 16,000 tiles. The end result will be an overwhelming mosaic of colour and information – a project that seeks to push the boundaries between commerce and art, society and the movements of the market, the private sector and public space.

The grand pathway to Chateau d'Oiron, 2008

Cyprien Gaillard (1980)

Gaillard covered the gravel path leading up to a Renaissance castle with the demolished remains of a former housing block transported from the Parisian suburb of Issy-les-Moulineaux, in reference to the chalk or gravel paths used in French cemeteries and gardens.

Without cabinet, 2003

Helmut Smits (1974)

Isotypes, 1930s - 1960s

Gerd Arntz (1900-1988)

The International System Of Typographic Picture Education was developed by the Viennese social scientist and philosopher Otto Neurath (1882-1945) as a method for visual statistics. Gerd Arntz was the designer tasked with making Isotype’s pictograms and visual signs. Eventually, Arntz designed around 4000 such signs, which symbolized keydata from industry, demographics, politics and economy.

Carpet, 2008

Tejo Remy (1960) en René Veenhuizen (1963), 2008

This durable carpet made of old blankets is not only beautiful to look at; it is also very comfortable for the naked feet.

People, 2003

Charles Sandison (1969)

This dynamic projection of Charles Sandison creates human silhouettes with the words 'you, me and us'.

Drip, 2008

Anish Kapoor (1954)

Thuisvlucht, 2007

Anneke Jacobs

Anneke Jacobs divided her old wooden chair into 1727 buttons. One can buy the buttons and become part of a community that holds all together the remembrance of a chair. 150 People worldwide have already bought a button. 'By bonding people this way the function of the chair is being added to', says the designer.

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Real Time expo, 2009

Maarten Baas (1978)

Sweepers clock example. Two men setting the hands of a clock while sweeping garbage.
Watch the movie

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High chair, 2008

Jurgen Bey (1965)

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New organs of perception, 2007

Susana Soares (1977)

New advances in areas such as genetics, biotechnology and nanotechnology are changing our very nature, not in a way that we can perceive, not as an act of natural selection or evolution, but due to technology. How is this going to change our behaviours and what are the implications? In a near future, people could be equipped with organs that would enhance their perceptions allowing them, amongst other things, to have brushy nails that will scrap genetic information while touching.

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Floating light project, 2003

Eric Klarenbeek (1978)

Work Survey is a movie which describes the process and work method that leads to the products of Dutch designer Eric Klarenbeek. Projects which are included in this movie are; Lucid Dream (illuminating glass bubbles) and The Floating Light Project.
Watch the movie

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Nest house, 2005

Martín Azúa (1965) voor Droog design

The nest is built around a metal frame covered with branches and leaves. The Nest House hangs from a tree and doesn't take up any space. Once installed, it can be used as an observation point or as an essential habitat to spend the night. The Nest House allows us a perception of the natural space, as a set for animal, plant and human life.

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The Idea of a Tree, 2008


The idea of a tree is an installation that is powered by sunlight. It produces furniture objects that show the course of a day.  The more powerful the sun is shining, the faster the device will twist the thread with resin or wood glue. Like the growth of a tree, a three dimensional image of nature is created. In 2009 The Idea of a Tree won a DMY award.

The Too High Tea House, 2003

Terunobu Fujimori (1946)

In Fujimori's work the basics of building are central. With natural materials he explores ancient shelter creation techniques. This 'Too High Tea House' is built on three tree trunks, hereby referring to a tree house.

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Kokon Double chair, 1997

Jurgen Bey (1965)

Jurgen Bey (1965) and Rianne Makkink (1964) get inspired by what is present.
'Every solution already exists in the world surrounding us. It is only a matter of recognising it and converting it to something useful.'

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Puppies, 1992

Jeff Koons (1955)

The large, appealing puppies of Jeff Koons (1955) are placed on five different locations in the world. They all have the same measurements; 12,5 x 12,5 x 6.5 meters. The local availability of the flowers influences the colour combination. This way every puppy looks just a little different.

Campaign Yulia Tymoshenko

Yulia Tymoshenko (1960), the prime minister of Ukraine has a very special way of promoting herself as a politican. On the one poster she is to be seen holding a spray can, on others she is posing as a sword fighter, astronaut or motorcyclist.

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A tiara for princess Máxima, 2002

Ted Noten (1956)

This design by Ted Noten won first prize at the international contest 'Maxima tiara' from Musem Het Kruithuis in Den Bosch. The design is a combination of a helmet for crown prince Willem Alexander and a tiara for princess Maxima.

Designers, stay away from corporations that want you to lie for them, 1999

Jonathan Barnbrook (1966)

Pig 05049, 2008

Christien Meindertsma (1980)

A startling overview of products that contain pieces of the pig 05049. Amongst other things: paper, chewing gum, medicine and cigarettes.

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Crystal virus, 2008

Pieke Bergmans (1978)

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Lucy House, 2002

Rural House

Foto: Timothy Hursley

This family house in Alabama is designed and built by students and sponsored by the world biggest producer of carpet tiles. The walls are made of 72.000 stacked tiles of non- recyclable carpet.

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Decay, 2008

Marie Ilse Bourlanges

Decay was generated as a free experiment with textile, with the aim of creating innovative materials that would either sublimate or anticipate decay in an abstract manner. The motif of the patterns that evolve on the textile, derives from traces of use and body movements. This shows the repetitive actions that we make with our body.

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Bees, 2007

Susana Soares (1977)

Bees have a phenomenal odor perception. They can be trained within minutes using Pavlov ̕ s reflex to target a specific odor. BEE ̕ S explores how we might co-habit with natural biological systems and use their potential to increase our perceptive abilities. The aim of this project is to develop collaborative relations between scientific and technological research, beekeepers and design, among others, translating the outcome into systems and objects that people can understand and use.

Wanted Creativity, 2003

Gabriele Riva

By placing the letters of fast food and soft drink companies together to create the word WC, Gabriele Riva gives as well a summary of his critique, as a playful challenge to do it better: Wanted Creativity!

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Compost lamp

Marieke Staps

Foto: Renee van der Hulst

Free and environmentally friendly energy forever and ever. The lamp runs on mud. The metabolism of biological life produces enough electricity to keep a LED lamp burning. The mud is enclosed in various cells. These cells contain copper and zinc that conduct the electricity. The more cells, the more electricity. You only have to water the lamp now and then.

Multibet, 2006
Stuhlhockerbank, 2007

Yvonne Fehling

This piece of furniture makes the division between different types of furniture; chair, stool, couch, disappear and unites these three types. You can choose whether you would like to sit alone or together - this public furniture piece offers a wide range of possibilities for nonverbal communication.

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Drawn from Clay, 2006

Lonny van Rijswijck

A frosted yellow cup from Brunssum, a smooth, shiny, dark brown from Woerden, a rough terra cotta from Gilze-Rijen. The clay for each cup and saucer was made out of earth of a different place in Holland. Baking them made this difference obvious.
The set becomes a demonstration of the relation between origin and identity.

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Jar tops, 2008

Jorre van Ast (1980)

These functional tops fit onto every jar all over the world: ranging from French Dijon mustard to English mint sauce.

Völlig weichgekocht, 2007

Sarah Illenberger (1976)

Photo: Andreas Achmann

It does not matter where we live. In what country or continent and what color of skin or cultural background we have. We all carry a heart, a soft and vulnerable organ, in a well designed, individual package of skin, meat and bones. A magical private heart in public space. The things we use wherever we are, the buildings in which we life and work, the streets we walk, the parks we visit. These are places with content like memories, smell and sound. Designed objects and spaces are transporters to collective memories and to individual values. Individual values in public space.

Europa!, 2008

Job Martens (1982)

The skin is our first layer of protection, clothes are the second layer. They reflect our identity, but the third layer of protection, our housing, is something we often do not have influence upon. This project shows the diversity of our third skin: houses in Europe, photographed from all sides and presented as scale models. They all provide in the same needs, but look just a little different each of them.

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Unsustainable, 2007

Greetje van Helmond

The growing process of this jewelry, made of sugar crystals that grow on wires, takes about six months, depending on the preferred size of the crystals. A seemingly cheap material changes into something beautiful that goes further than the swiftness of buying an item in a shop.

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A self portrait in codes, 2008

Fransje Gorter

Chokolate, 2005

Frederico Duarte

There is a wide variety of different candy bars available, each wrapping is designed to seduce you in the same manner: shiny, soft and with a catchy name.