29 October 2010

Piet Hein Eek complete collection

Below are my picks from Piet Hein Eek's new (permanent) showroom that was open to the public for the first time during this year's Dutch Design Week:

The entry hall

The design factory (the work space)

Piet Hein Eek's new chairs

Benjamino and Laura's (restaurant), lamps and furniture are by Piet Hein Eek

Cups by Studio Job

Boaties by Floris Hovers

Tom Dixon (permanent)

Melissa Peen, 'New Nature' (a book of nature patterns)

28 October 2010

Walking furniture

Just watch that table take a stroll along the beach! I used to have a table that could not be moved by one person alone. I really hated it from the blackness of my heart. You see, I belong to that type of folks who (completely) rearrange their hotel room furniture upon arrival.
There's no such 'type', you say?
Well, I'll be damned! That's exactly what my boyfriend claims, too.
If there's any of you who also do that, I'd love to hear from you.
Obviously, this table is the 'walking table' by Wouter Scheublin. I posted about him and Lotty Lindeman a few days ago. The robotics really reminds me of Theo Janssen's 'strandbeesten'.
Lovely, this, and helpful. I'm moving office today. And wouldn't it be just GRAND, if the obstinate furniture and boxes would simply FOLLOW me...

Sofa to go

Four suitcases, put together, form a homey sofa for all those long moments we spend in drab hotel rooms, airport lobbies or train stations. This is a design by Nieuwe Heren aka 'New Gents'.
'Nieuwe Heren' was set up in 2009 by the two gents sitting on the suitcase sofa in the photo above: Erik de Nijs and Tim Smit.
Erik and Tim are both in their early 20s: Erik is 24 and Tim is 21 years old. Their designs show how much their youth is an advantage: just check those wireless pants in the photos below!

27 October 2010

Wouter and Lotty

Wouter Scheublin and Lotty Lindeman are showing their intriguing and playful designs at their new studio, which is a part of Piet Hein Eek's new exhibition space in the old ceramic factory in Eindhoven. It is obvious from my photos what caught my eye:
Wouter's walking table (see the video above) and
Lotty's suitcase cabinets.
The tentlamp and the football were made by Lotty, while the red chair and the chests were made by Wouter. It appears that one of those Wouter's chests can walk, too. Apparently, his book case already had a stroll through Milan.

25 October 2010

2010 Dutch Design Week

On Saturday, the 2010 Dutch Design Week (DDW) began in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. I attended the opening and plan to return before it ends. I'll dedicate this week to DDW and the weeks after that to Dutch design.
How to describe DDW? It seems chaotic and disorganised. Limited to the highlights alone, there are: the Graduation Galleries at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the galleries of the graduates of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven, the Dutch Design Awards, the newly open showroom by Piet Hein Eek, the indie designers showing at the Klokgebouw, the ‘Liberation of Light’ exhibition at the Designhuis...
So it seems easier to define DDW by what it is actually not about: it's not a furniture fair and it doesn’t strive to connect established Dutch designers with international markets.
What then sets DDW apart? Where is the heart of DDW? It still beats right where it all began in the first place: at the Graduation Galleries of the Design Academy Eindhoven. Against more than 300 events, it is the hopeful, naive, grandiose, idealistic projects made by the Bachelor and Master classes that still receive the biggest attention from the Dutch audience and media. And that despite the fact that statistically less than one of the year's graduates will hit the big time.
Do you find this interest unusual? That wouldn’t appear so to the Dutch.
The Design Academy Eindhoven is the central design institution in the Netherlands. It is perceived almost like a design brand in its own right, whether it's showing in the Netherlands or abroad. It's hardly a coincidence then that it is the very core of DDW. After all, the most prominent Dutch (and world) designers of this day and age have learned their trade here. Job Smeets (of Studio Job), Jurgen Bey, Piet Hein Eek, Richard Hutten, Wieki Somers, Hella Jongerius... And that's just to name a few of the famous pack.
And so, amidst all the glitter I've encountered in the past days, I begin my posts with the graduate projects by one Amba Molly.
The photographs featured below showcase her ‘Mitose’ series, a new family of ceramics created by product procreation. Just observe that beautiful mutant plastic bottle merged with an oil jar! Her ‘Symbiose’ series (see photographs above) is inspired by nomadic tribes who carry their homes with them (rather than carry themselves to their homes). It therefore goes a step further than 'Mitose' in making a human body a snail's shell to accomodate the furniture and other commodities we need on us if we want to call ourselves home.

22 October 2010

Still here and very still

The official video for Stillness Is The Move by the 'Dirty Projectors', a Brooklyn-based experimental rock band. The song is featured on their Bitte Orca album (2009).

21 October 2010

Back a little bit

A video of Lykke Li's indie song Little Bit. And you really need to check out her song I'm Good, I'm gone here (the official video for the same song can be found here and it is also well worth your trouble).