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Dutch Design #3: Forgotten Memory

Home decor is often made for touch – we want to feel the design & sense the products origins. Design graduate Jetske Visser playfully ponders on this thought and created a product whose origin has been forgotten and therefor can’t exist for what we think it is made for. Jetske on her project:

“I wonder how daily things look like with the view of a demented person. How do they experience their environment? What is a teapot if you don’t know what a teapot is?”

Inspired by the notion of a lack or loss of reference Jetske made a 120 piece set of tea pots & cups from wax. Fragile, almost ghostlike looking home ware that transforms into a little melted heap of pink when used, according to our cultural reference.

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Meet Your New BFF: Little Printer

Who says print is dying / dead? I won’t be the first (or last) to post on this sweet Little Printer and it makes sense: bloggers have started the DIY mini-publishing era & that’s what Little Printer is all about. Can’t wait to make my own little dailies to have or hand out. And the look is super cute! Craft, design & technology all coming together…now there’s a winter warmer…

Pre-orders for Little Printer will open in 2012, when it launches as a ‘beta’ product. Join the mailing list to be the first to get the news.

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Dutch Design #2: The Flax Project

Christien Meindertsma travelled the world with her pig 05049 – her TEDxTalk on the same pig (how its parts make the world turn) was both fun & confronting.

With her latest project Christien dissects the process of traditional rope-making using the original material flax as it was done in the 16th century. Flax used to be the most vital textile fibre in the Netherlands, home-grown and processed into any kind of fabric. Christien Meindertsma uses art (and craft) to expose the hidden processes and connections of our modern life. Each part of the rope-making process, from the flax seedling to the end product, has been documented on film and can be found on Christien’s website – the video above shows the actual rope-making technique. The flax project – commissioned by Thomas Eyck – started in 2009 with the growth of the seedlings and resulted in Autumn 2011 in simple and raw products such as lamps, electric cables (I love the extension cord!) rugs & stools. The Zeeuws Museum in the Netherlands are hosting an exhibition on the project until 23rd September 2012, subtitled ‘Gz 59 west’ after the lot the flax grew on. Time to reconnect to the production process of our daily goods!

What’s cooking #1 Cook Me – Black Bile

Belgian designer Tuur van Balen takes food & dining to a whole new level. With the help of leeches Tuur collects his own blood, then marinades the leech in a yeast whos DNA has been ‘programmed’ to be a biosensor. The yeast can then measure the chemicals and hormones in your blood that relate to the state of mind you’re in. Tuur takes it a step further by programming the yeast to bio-synthesize serotonergic agents – i.o.w. the yeast can now produce customized mood hormones.

Tuur’s own transformed DNA got used in a recipe inspired by Hippocrates’ Four Humors: leech mousse served with redcurrant sauce and oyster mushrooms. This theory inspired bloodletting and believed we need to keep our bodily fluids in balance in order to get / remain healthy. When present in excess, black bile caused the Melancholic Humor to kick in. Dinner is served!

Tuur van Balen (1981) uses design to explore the political implications of emerging technologies. Through designing and experimenting with new interactions, he constructs thought-provoking new realities.

Here’s a video on the project if you can stomach it…

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Dutch Design #1 - Transcience by David Derksen & Lex Pott

transcience mirror

These mirrors will turn me into narcissus…Good design is innovative, useful and aesthetic – David Derksen and Lex Pott have done it for me. Just like its object of refelction, mirrors change over time. Accelerating the natural process of oxidation, Derksen and Pott have turned their geometric repetitive shapes into organic echos of time. The colours that naturally occur are nature’s best: shades of golden brown and silver blue.

Transcience is a project developed for the Dutch Design Week 2011 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Sales info can be gathered through Amsterdam’s innovative Arts, Research & {Furniture} Design innitiative Transnatural: a program that transcends the traditional boundaries between nature and technology with a combination of art, (speculative) design, and emerging technology.

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