Eindhoven 2020 – Even if it went all digital due to Covid-19 rising cases, Dutch Design Week confirmed itself to be a global experimental hotspot for design exploration. At Archipanic we explored numerous virtual rooms and finally picked 7 concept furnitures by emerging international designers with a lateral-thinking mindset.
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“Artificial light – like the one of mobile phones and TVs – allows us to stretch our perception of time from a sum of finite instants into an unrealistic continuum.” Says Martina Taranto who has created Relativistic Objects, a collection measuring time while allowing us to re-learn how to be aware of time passing by experiencing it through a visual representation of physical phenomena. Reproducing natural processes and forces like gravity, the movement of celestial bodies and friction, the pieces require physical interaction to come alive.
Capturing the magic of blowing a glass bell
“I wanted to design a lamp where you can preserve that first magical moment when the air from the lungs of the glassblower forms a bubble of glass to the blowpipe.” Says Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma who has created for Thomas Eyck the Bulb Bullée collection of lamps. The lighting designs consist of the parts needed to blow the glass: a blowpipe, a wooden mold, made of black stained elm wood, and glass.
Merging Roman architecture with industrial design
Studio Joachim-Morineau’s Archetypes furniture collection translates classic sculptural languages into a new industrial aesthetic. Inspired by emblematic buildings such as Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct in France, and ruins from the Coliseum Archeological Park in Rome, the collection comprises a light installation, a table, a cabinet, pedestals, fruit bowls and more.
Tactile intimacy for hybrid nomadisms
“In recent times the desire for touch and surface has taken a more important role in society,” explains the designer Anna Resei who has created the tactile design collection Illusion of Home. The series explores the tension between loneliness and close touch, home and nomadism and comprises a carpet with three different pile heights which modulate its geometric shapes giving more depth, a series of worm-like interactive lamps and a room divider with a modular curtain featuring multiple patterns and layers of varying density and opacity.
The Carwash Collection
Born from a fascination for mechanical creatures, the Carwash Collection by Dutch designer Carlijn Olde Beverborg consists in three dancing and fumbling furnitures with a cuddly mixture of soft layers and metal features inviting people to engage with mechanical cleaning rituals. The Machinic Mitter Tables linger around the house with a glass top and metal frame floating on thick layers of PET felt. The Brush Pouf spins around and inviting to pet its hair.
An ode to the arch
Embodying in miniature the recognizable architectural arch, the Volta stool by Jeroen van Veluw is an ode to one of the oldest and most iconic architectural forms. “A friendly and appealing appearance. Serving its function and outspoken in its simple appearance, ideal to sit on.” The Dutch designer’s Gesantz perforated closet comes with an open structure that provides light and air.
Presence and Absence mirrors
The Presence and Absence mirrors by British studio Celo1 took shape from the experimentation of digital printing on layered glass. Presence‘s visual impact is heightened by the ethereal sun-like effect seen under direct, whilst in indirect light a more subtle cloud-like effect materializes. Absence‘s black-hole effect gives a sense of depth and endlessness, stimulating the viewer to take a deeper appreciation of the unknown.