Truly Truly is a design studio operating from the Netherlands, founded by Australian designers Joel & Kate Booy. Positioned on the interface between industry and art, the studio specialises in creating artistic products for the living environment. Their work encompasses objects, furniture, lighting, textiles and spaces.
Visit the Website: www.studiotrulytruly.com
Digital has brought us two revolutions before, that led to enormous leaps in efficiency. First in communication, then in computation. Today we are in the middle of the third, and potentially most influential digital revolution; that of fabrication. But what happens when this streak of digitisation starts to affect our physical world of materials?
Digital fabrication processes are increasingly allowing us to design our materials, but the physical results remain analogue; continuous and solid. What if we could assemble these materials with small separate building blocks that can be used again in other configurations - like the way LEGO bricks are re-used to form new structures, or atoms are re-used to form new molecules? As digital processes can be reversed; could the fabrication of an object then be ‘undone’? Neil Gershenfeld and his research group at the Centre for Bits and Atoms at MIT are quite seriously working towards this poetic future of digital materials. Their work has been the main inspiration for this project.
When Digital Gets Physical is an ongoing research project exploring applications of digital materials at different scales. The laws of digital building offer huge potential in terms of structural efficiency and material re-use, and this project is looking to deploy that potential in present-day contexts. As the first outcome of this journey, this piece is meant to visualize the concept of digital material and translate its core principles to physical shape. The chair is assembled from aluminium tetrahedrons and spheres, that - when tightened by the inner cables - form a lightweight octet truss lattice, inspired by the way atoms form crystallic structures. When the tension is released, the shape disappears and the ‘material’ returns to its initial state; ready to be reconfigured.
The development of this chair was done in collaboration with After-Form.
Visit the Website: www.ddw.nl/en/event/1381
StoneCycling - pioneering the way in the design, development, and production of building material from waste.
Design and waste, our two loves. Combining the two makes us happy. Thats why we love to join projects that have these elements. Here’s some of the projects we were involved in recently.
The StoneCycling concept initially started at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. During his graduation project, co-founder of the company Tom van Soest, focused on getting the full potential out of waste in order to create new building material.
Starting only with raw waste material, Tom began grinding, blending and processing them in different ways. This led to surprising results as he uncovered the great potential and value of waste material.
In 2013 he founded StoneCycling together with Ward Massa. Since then, StoneCycling has pioneered the way in the design, development, and production of building material from waste.
StoneCycling has been featured in numerous publications around the world, such as the Guardian, Smithsonian Magazine, Co.Design and the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Architects value the focus on sustainability without having to compromise on style/design. The very first house built with StoneCycling’s WasteBasedBricks was completed in 2016.
We never do things alone. We work closely with leading architects, designers, construction companies and developers from around the world. And through this network we are creating a more circular world, where waste is no longer viewed as waste.
Visit the Website: www.stonecycling.com
SAM VAN GURP x ESTHER JONGSMA
VANTOT is the collective title for the works of Esther Jongsma and Sam van Gurp. Both Eindhoven based designers graduated at Design Academy Eindhoven. Operating from The Netherlands VANTOT focuses on autonomous product design and commissioned work.
In 2014, Esther Jongsma (1990, Utrecht) and Sam van Gurp (1990, Breda) launched their own design studio called VANTOT. Esther and Sam both graduated from the Design academy Eindhoven in 2008-2009. Esther is outgoing and looks at her designs from a broad perspective: "I love to work with many people from different disciplines". Besides working on her own design collections, Esther also works as a project manager and coordinator for multiple projects and has already gained considerable experience in the design and realisation of exhibitions. Sam, in many ways, is the polar opposite of Esther and focuses on business development to the tiniest detail. Besides that, he is a real creator and a technician who loves to deal with progressive design questions.
The designs of studio VANTOT all encompass a certain complexity. For example, the pendant lamp series Exploded View and Limpid Lights. These series allow for the adjustment of the intensity of light and colour by moving the light source in the hood. Besides that, there is the Passage Carpet that creates intriguing optical effects by means of an intricate geometric pattern of layered wood as you walk by. According to Sam, who is often inspired by engineering works and ingenious movement mechanisms, the studio likes "to experiment with movement and new interpretations of familiar features". Furthermore, as explained by Esther, VANTOT aims "to involve the user differently”.
Visit the Website: www.vantot.com
As an artist, I try to make this dizzyingly complex unity tangible by scaling it back to imaginable proportions. As such, I study methods through which people make the world logical or meaningful, such as science and religion. I combine these rational and spiritual systems in my work; in my opinion, geometry and the mystical go together very well. Inversion is a technique I use often for this. I put things that are insignificant and worthless on a pedestal, while I relativize things that are considered sacred and valuable.
Concrete objects and behaviour that refer to abstract values intrigue me. Nothing around us has intrinsic value; all meaning we perceive is attributed by us ourselves. There seems to be an enormous difference between a sheet of toilet paper and communion bread, but in material terms there is little to distinguish the two. It is the state and treatment of the goods that differs greatly.
It fascinates me how we can convince ourselves and one another of the sense and the logic of certain notions. I like to make my audience aware of this willingness and capacity by making use of it in a way that is as playful as it is convincing and transparent. As an artist, I allow myself to take on an insidious naivety, and I create an open atmosphere in my work, where there is as much room for seriousness and recognition as there is for humour and estrangement.
I use my position as an artist as a licence to gain entrance to many different, sometimes inaccessible, places. I have done work in a church, a zoo, a hospital, a brothel, a camp site and a cemetery. In such places, I ask for explanations and information about everything that I notice and everything that surprises me. I document, analyse and measure my objects of research with equal amounts of zeal and perspective, and I stylize and ritualize my methods. Sometimes I involve my audience in this process. I organize and present the data I have gathered as directly, accessibly and clearly as possible. Graphic design forms an important part of my work. I like to give people a souvenir to take home as a reminder of the experience my work has given them (pamphlets, posters, cards).
I strive to make my audience feel like they are part of the world, and vice versa: to make my audience feel that the world is inside them. It is the connections that we make between ourselves and things around us that make our existence and our encounters interesting and meaningful. I want to share the feelings of wonder that can be evoked by research into the systems in and around us.
Visit the Website: www.pavelvanhouten.nl
WE EXPLORE AND FIND TREASURES, WE PRESERVE HERITAGE AND CULTURE, WE EMPOWER PEOPLE AND TRADE FAIR.
Generating impact. VAN VERRE believes in the original spirit of fair trade. We establish sustainable ties with communities to improve their living while working with us. We are transparent about the origin of our products, and focus on social engagement, dignity and shared value. VAN VERRE builds a bridge between the producer and the retailer. From the community of craftswomen who sell their products for a decent and ethical price to the retailer who pays a fair price for a high quality good, we create business opportunities in which every link of the ‘‘prosperity chain’’ can grow and feel equally strong. VAN VERRE is not obsessed by profit and treasures all individuals.
Our producers. VAN VERRE aims to preserve cultural heritage and artisanal handicrafts by establishing long-term relationships between craftspeople, retailers and their customers. In collaborating, we promote values such as openness, trust, friendship, curiosity, as well as sharing joy. We want to tell the story of the people and the culture behind the products and give face to the talent behind the beauty.
Our products. At VAN VERRE, we trade original goods only. Our desire is to sell handmade crafts that carry the power of centuries of savoir-faire. In our collection you will find beautiful, colourful and inspiring items that easily touch your heart. Their design is powerful and therefore timeless; the products have been produced by many generations. In collaboration with our partners, we work to improve the designs or suggest logical line-extensions. The products furthermore are of high quality and reflect authenticity, tradition, and hours of dedication. If you look closely at our products, you’ll see they all have some marks and tiny imperfections. This is because each product is different and therefore beautiful and fascinating in its own right.
Our customers are retailers and entrepreneurs who are often unique story tellers. By selecting powerful products, they contribute to a better world for two reasons. Firstly, they are the ambassadors of the communities of craftsmen and craftswomen that produce our products, thereby promoting their heritage. Secondly, they are a reference for their clients, for us, but also for the producer because of the inspiring atmosphere they create in their stores. These independent entrepreneurs are game changers and strong-minded synergy composers, and it shows in their boutiques.
The story of VAN VERRE
Suzanne Mertens, founder and now creative director of VAN VERRE, is a creative and conceptual thinker with a good eye for detail. She is intrigued by craftsmanship and the creativity that many cultures carry.
Inspired by her many journeys along the historical trade routes and guided by her creativity, curiosity, and fascination with other cultures and social engagement, she discovers the finest products. She believes that fairness in trade lays the groundwork for a flourishing and ethical business, and therefore co-created VAN VERRE; a perfect example of a respectful company was born.
Suzanne is joined by Gerard de Rooij, an enthusiastic and successful entrepreneur who is also driven by bringing cultures together. He is business-minded and has led VAN VERRE to be a modern, conscious and mindful business partner.
Supported by a small dynamic team of talented employees who each make their own special contribution, VAN VERRE is a company that believes that changing the rules is possible.
We invite you to embrace our philosophy and join us in our journey of making a difference.
Visit the Website: www.van-verre.com
Lord Lou® sells beautiful, stylish hand-crafted pet furniture and accessories. Our dog and cat beds differ from ‘traditional baskets’ in that they are genuine pieces of miniature furniture of the finest quality, with particular attention to design, so that they look good in the home.
Whether it’s for the curious, independent feline or the affectionate and playful dog, we know first-hand what it means to love your pet. We know the deep-rooted wish to lavish them with attention and the best surroundings, so that they can go ahead and play, purr, wag their tails and generally make us happy.
In fact, at Lord Lou® we understand this so well that we’ve challenged the traditional concept of the “comfortable pet basket” to become better, more expressive, more stylish and more beautiful to look at. To become an expression of our love and appreciation for our best friends, as they should actually be. Therefore we also encourage you to treat your pet like royalty and offer them the best comfort and style available
Visit the Website: www.lordlou.com
Droog is a conceptual design company.
We focus on matters that affect society
and its people. The process is key.
Our work is anti-disciplinary. And the outcome
can be anything that contributes to society.
We will ask more questions and deliver more than you may want
We treat serious matters in a playful way
Working with good clients brings the best results
That we have a well of experience and know-how
Believe it or not
We are not just a product design company
In our work
Process is key
Our Design Thinking
Twist the existing, to reframe your question
Visit the website: www.droog.com
Founders and designers Judith de Ruijter and Nikki Hateley (moms of together 7 kids) started their Little Lovely adventure in 2014 from a shared passion: transforming ordinary everyday home and kidsroom decorations into unique pieces with a personal and creative touch. Every Little Lovely product aims for a sense of fun and happiness.
This philosophy has led to a unique brand which is committed to designing affordable products that deliver the WOW factor - making everyday life just a little bit more lovely. Nowadays, this Little dream led to a company with over 75 empolyees, providing over 3200 stores with their daily Loveliness! The collections, which presents new items over 6x a year (!) are being sold in the most amazing stores as Selfridges, Bonpoint, le Printemps, El Corte Ingles, MOMA and many more small or bigger Lovely stores worldwide!
The Little Lovely collection includes series of popular lightboxes, unique word banners, garlands, neon lights, lights and items for children’s rooms, and more seasonal home-decorations.
In the summer of 2016 they also opened two Little Lovely flagship stores in the city centre of Groningen to make the dream complete…
Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook!
Visit the website: www.alittlelovelycompany.nl
We see ourselves as solution providers, completely immersed in design, with a clear ambition to turn dreams into reality.
Our desire for innovation and pursuit of creative solutions to complex issues helps set out a path that leads to new summits and continued achievement.
Working together as a team comes naturally to us, and we’ve embraced it at every level, from our Co-CEOs to our studios and project teams.
Visit the Website: http://comelite-arch.com
Over the last two decades, the acclaimed international designer Marcel Wanders has added his stardust to a range of products and projects that range from lighting by Flos to kids high chairs by Cybex, he has designed interiors for quite a few luxury hotels too.
It goes without saying that Marcel has saved some really cool ideas for the collections presented by the brand he co-founded: MOOI.
The Dutch purveyor of accessible high end elements is synonymous with quality and modern confidence. Where else could a hazy mix of colours - that sit somewhere between a hippy daze and grandmas's flowery kitchen napkins - result in a modernity and depth fusion the likes that we struggle to find in much of the ubiquitous and awfully snore inducing minimalist contributions on the scene currently.
Marcel Wanders and MOOI don't do the lacklustre. These carpets are reasonably priced but indeed they are unreasonably beautiful and will last a lifetime. Visit MOOI today at: www.moooicarpets.com