Milan 2021 – Hello? Are you there? Every year, Design Academy Eindhoven sends out a call to the world and showcases its famed Graduation Show. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the world couldn’t answer. Now, Milan is returning Eindhoven’s call. The exhibition Missed Your Call is an opportunity for those alumni who graduated from the Bachelors’ department during the pandemic to show their work to the world.
In Milan, we answered Design Academy Eindhoven’s missed call. We ventured into a former 1898 bakery factory, a hidden industrial architecture in the centre of Milan that is closed to the public most of the year. Check the ones we liked the most. [5-10 Sept. 11 am-7 pm. Free entrance.]
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Beachcombers by Gundega Strauberga
Beachcombers are people who clean the shorelines of nets and ropes, a by-product of unsustainable fishing industries. From here, Gundega Strauberga crafted colourful objects from dumped fishing nets, imagining a future of handcrafted souvenirs influenced by marine pollution. “Products of this new craft belong in a world where extreme aspects of the waste scene have metamorphosed into whole environments.”
Buyclouds by Noa Jansma
We sell and buy land, water, minerals, animals and plants. Being so fluid and temporary, clouds are so beyond our monetised culture we have never transformed into a business until now. With the BUYCLOUDS project and video installation, Noa Jansma sells clouds in order to critically reflect on processes of transformation from natural phenomena to becoming exploitable resources, “in context of the past of colonialism, the present of climate change and a future of extraterrestrial occupation.” And he even managed to sell 20 of them!
Direct/Indirect by Nanyoung Yoon
Nanyoung Yoon presents the Direct/Indirect revolving shelf playing with contrasts and projecting light and shadow in bold and delicate ways. The furniture was developed from observing a sense of anxiety the designer has known all his life. “An open shelter which he can hide in, this optical illusion will be a pathway to escape into a reflected space.”
Imaginary Flower Therapy by Angeline Behr
With the Imaginary Flower Therapy installation and photography book, Angeline Behr invites us to discover an experimental, intimate and poetic design therapy through colours, materials, storytelling, set design and photography. During her graduation show, the French designer experience lack of money, sleep, ideas and fear of failure. The project consists of her method to fight anxiety, a therapy imagined from floral compositions based on the powers and meanings of flowers.
Warm Earth by Ilma Schamlé
Can network infrastructures exist together with the living qualities of the atmosphere? With the Warm Earth installation, Ilma Schamlé consists of a self-built server powered by plants and solar energy; together, they form a symbiotic ecosystem. The heat of the server regulates the temperature of the greenhouse, which in turn supplies the server with the energy it needs to run. “The project invites to explore co-depending systems and understand the unreliably centred networks around us.”
Teunland by Teun Zwets
“Creating is almost like therapy to me. These objects visualise my thoughts and feelings.” Teunland is an expression of the mind of Teun Zwets. “When I work with my hands, the mind gets triggered.” From previous objects, new objects are born, solutions to problems generate visual outcomes, generating a mix of ready prototypes and functional art objects. Teun Zwets is a maker to the bone. His creations are made on the spot with no time to lose and from available materials on site. The speed of his process is crucial. Welcome to ‘Teunland,’ the fascinating world that represents his agile brain.
Kidfluencer-starterkit by Lotte Ottevanger
Questioning children’s exposure to online environments, Lotte Ottevanger has designed an influencer-starter kit for kids – actually, no, for their parents. “There are mothers who are their daughter’s managers and family finances depending on their children’s virality online.” Some parents share on social media their kids’ life from the day they are born. “With this installation, I want to make a critical remark on the exposure of children today by their parents without their consent.” Because it is too early to know if there are consequences.
Scope by Charlotte Bombel
Charlotte Bombel presents Scope, a lamp creating different light moods by illuminating a multicolored surface. “Biologically, humans react to light differently based on colour and height. We, therefore, require lamps that adapt to a broader range of needs due to the home’s evolution into a multifunctional hub for rest, work, and leisure.”
Roofers by Miles Le Gras
With Roofers, Miles Le Gras pays tribute to the craftsmanship of Parisian zinc roofers, who pass this centuries-old tradition from generations. The Parisian designer proposes a series of pieces of furniture MADE BY using the skilled workers’ same tools and materials. “Less and less young people get interested in this job, and the city of Paris applied to recognize it as an Intangible Heritage Section of UNESCO. I wanted to highlight their skills and support this application.”
WC who cares by Lola Tual
Open space. Shared desks. Codified behaviour. Constant surveillance. And the only escape is the toilet! Open-plan offices are meant to improve productivity. But in fact, most of us become dysfunctional when we feel like we’re being watched all the time. As a comment on the suffocating effects of peer surveillance, Lola Tual dares to turn the last private room in the office into a public performance cubicle. Lock yourself up and unleash the stage animal inside as the live stream starts. The toilet paper becomes a stole, the brush a pompom and the lavatory a stage. If all your colleagues are watching, you might as well give them a show.