MINIMAL INTERIOR | 24 October 2015

6 favorite designs of Dutch Design Week

Tomorrow is the last day of Dutch Design Week and if you haven’t been there yet, you should try to pay a visit this Sunday. You’ll not be disappointed! We saw so many great designs and were amazed by the innovative and idealistic ideas behind them. We’ve handpicked a selection of 6 of our favorite designs and will be sharing them with you, beginning with a wooden coat rack.

1 | Coat Rack by Rene Siebum
Leon: “My favourite piece was the interactive wooden coatrack out of hexagonal blocks by Rene Siebum. I love things that remain practical and create an interactive playfulness to a space. This coatrack would fit perfectly in a minimal home, looking great without any coats or hats, but can handle a big family of three generations visiting at the same time. Also I can imagine this hanging perfectly in big artsy places like musea and galleries. It inspires a lot of ideas!

2 | Embrace Melancholy by Nel Verbeke
Joyce: “It’ll be nearly impossible to share the story behind the designs of Nel as eloquently as Nel herself did (this girl has a way with words!), so I won’t even try. Nel “examined the melancholy of past days in the shadow of modern perspectives”, meaning that melancholy belongs to our daily lives but is almost erased by our search for perfection and happiness. She designed four objects that harbour melancholy: a book as an intro, a 2 meter wooden block which takes possession of a space and demands reflection, a wall scraper which needs repetitive movement in order to leave a mark on the wall and the hourglass you see in the pictures above. Not only is the story behind her designs beautiful and simple, the designs themselves are timeless, simple and undeniable beautiful as well.”

3 | Limpid Light by VANTOT 
Joyce: “Studio VANTOT came up with an unique solution to lighting a space by giving the viewer the opportunity of manipulate the light by moving the light source. Simply moving the light up or down results in various shades of light, depending of the position in the handblown glass. Such a clever idea!

4 | Pūrificātum by Fabian Zeijler
Leon: “Fabian just graduated from the Design Academy and his graduation project holds a lot of promise. “Pūrificātum is a personal air purifier that you can place in front of you as you sit at your desk, while you recline in your favourite chair or when you go to sleep.” When he told us about his research you could tell he was passionate about creating a healthier living space while maintaining a personal and direct connection with the user. We loved the minimal design of the purifiers and the practicality as they also double as lights.”

5 | Tannic Acid by Steven Banken
Joyce: “Right upon entering his workspace these circles caught my eye, there’s something hypnotic and calming about them. His assistant told us a little story about the designer Steven Banken and his childhood. Apparently Steven was told to never use a rusty nail as it would leave a black stain in the wood, but he saw the beauty in it and started experimenting with oak and steel. “Oak contains high concentrations of tannic acid, which turns into dark blue when it’s exposed to steel. The same happens with steel, as a result of a chemical reaction between red iron oxide and tannic acid.” The end result is quite remarkable.”

6 | Domestic Landscapes by Andrea Brena
Leon: “Another piece that generated a lot of ideas in a different (but still good) way, were the magnetic fabrics by Andrea Brena. What made his design interesting was the way the magnets were processed into the fabric. Imagine the possibilities of magnetic fabric that you can bend in different shapes, stick to a radiator for a hot blanket in the evening, switch out with another as chair upholstery. And adding magnets was no easy feat. The Italian designer had to look hard to find craftsmen that could embed those magnets in a production process without breaking the machine. Something very basic that could make way for a lot of creativity.”