Design – How could design foster our future cities, where collective ownership, fluid identities, and nature thrive? At Dutch Design Week 2021, Dutch Invertuals and The Future Laboratory present the exhibition Objects for a New Kind of Society featuring 11 works from designers who translated their vision into tangible design manifestations, giving shape to the world of tomorrow.
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“We need to rethink our relationship with objects and our role as designers within our society.” Says Wendy Plomp, Design Director of Dutch Invertuals. “We can no longer ignore the downsides of living in urban areas. Climate change, air pollution, waste, social unrest and inequality will continue to challenge how we exist within them. At the same time, new technologies and innovations are emerging that will radically change urban society and place cities in balance again.“
What would our relationship with a reconstructed Nature be like? Delphine Lejeune wondered. The French designer presented the Blossoming Garden sculpture made of 3d printed mirrors that explores how men’s identity could lie hidden in nature, becoming a tool for self-reflection.
Danish furniture designer Elly Feldstein Nielsen invites people to gather, have a conversation or share a meal around her Come Together table made of a patchwork of old, discarded furniture that now tells a shared story of differences coming together. “‘We need to find new collective mentalities where the ‘new’ will be exchanged with the long-lasting, the inflexible with the flexible, the static with the moveable, the broken with repaired.” Anna Resei believes. The designer’s Tele-nomadic Sheltering Unit is a colourful, easy-to-assemble and light-to-carry kit for urban explorers-on-the go developed in collaboration with the company EE Labels and made of steel rods, acrylic plates, resin bricks, ropes and five jacquard woven textiles. with two different sides which were. Centred on fluidity and flexibility, the project examines the changing ways new generations will live, work and travel in the future city.
The Netherlands and South Korea-based designer Dae uk Kim presented SIRI, a biomorphic high-tech seat merging cells and bits for a phygital aesthetic. With the Bit-Scape project, Design Academy Eindhoven alumni Moonseop Seo explored infinite possibilities for casting ceramic and created a unique skyline translating from pixels to ceramic, from virtual to physical.
Exploratory Product Designer Johanna Seelemann re-envision our relationship with natural materials with the Hortulanus compostable furniture from long-known raw low-tech materials such as straw, corn, and loam that challenge future scenarios. Sander Hagelaar presents Fluid Current, a dynamic installation in which water droplets complete the electric circuit and trigger lights to turn on.
Edhv studio set out like digital geologists into virtual worlds to collect stones, preserving them for future generations. Christof Dichmann of London-based AusBlau studio brings forward playful investigations into materiality, ecosystems and the human experience.
Photos by Ronald Smits, courtesy of Dutch Design Week 2021.