Tuesday, 14 July 2015 by Irene Hoofs
It's incredible - the number and types of things you can print in this day and age, it's possibly infinite. The days of just printing something on paper are long gone. Now anything can be printed with 3d printing. Intrigued by quality of materials and surfaces, Plott projects like One Yarn of Paint explore the printing of materials that have the characteristics of textiles, making them technically "carpets". Inspired by the way a weaving loom works, their custom computer prints a pattern on the floor that eventually comes together as a piece that can be used as a carpet.
The combinations of colours, patterns and textures is truly amazing. Truly nothing is impossible anymore, we've just got to go out there and make things happen.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Studio Snowpuppe showed the most photogenic set up in all the land (including a range of products by a host of fellow designers), well at least the land that covered the Design Kwartier trail. We could not get enough shots of this place, which is evident from our instagram feed.
If this design team sounds familiar, or their work seems like something you've seen on Bloesem before, it's because their Moth lamp was a staple item in the Bloesem shop. The lighting design duo, Anna and Kenneth, have a whole range of hand folded paper lamps under their belt. Their pieces are great showstoppers and bring a fun design element to any room. All their lamps come in an assortment of colours as well! Other than their paper creations, the woodpecker lamp in birch caught our eye immediately upon entering the store.
Image 3, 4 & 5 via Studio Snowpuppe, all other images by Bloesem.
.. Studio Snowpuppe
Tuesday, 7 July 2015 by Irene Hoofs
The things this designer does with leather in particular, woah. It's always refreshing to see materials we are used to seeing on a daily basis used in unusual ways and settings. Dutch design house, Studio Pepe Heykoop's use of materials such as leather to create unconventional pieces like the Phased vases.. and the leather loops collection, a whole new way of using leather in seating. His experimentation and designs are made and explored in his studio in Amsterdam which he set up straight out of university.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Another stop along Design Kwartier was Studio Thier & Van Daalen. They fascinate us with their interior objects that incorporate elements of nature with a play of colour, light and reflection. The duo behind Studio Thier&vanDaalen, use individual strengths to come up with their unusual and intriguing designs, Ruben being more focused on the technical aspects, while Iris plays with how the design looks and takes shape.
With the end goal set at surprising people, Iris and Ruben are constantly working on new ways and areas to use their designs in. Their common interest colours and structures can be seen in the on going theme through all their works.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 by Irene Hoofs
If Vij5 sounds familiar, it's because we've wrote a post or 2 about the design duo on Bloesem. Walking around The Hague during Design Kwartier we somehow managed to walk right past Arjan van Raadshooven, half of the Vij5 duo, who very kindly showed us the way to where Vij5 had set up their little home they had set up and decorated in all their products, which was one of the stops along the Design Kwartier trail.
Designers themselves, Arjan and Anieke design most of the products in the collection, which consists of interior design pieces. They also work together with many young designers to broaden the collection. Most recently, the team's newspaper wood designs have peaked our interest.
With the endless possibilities for Newspaper wood, a new material invented by Mieke Meijer in collaboration with Vij5, the NewspaperWood company was set up. Turning newspapers back into wood in the form of a log and cutting them revealing the rings of a tree resembling the wood texture, genius. Then using the newspaper wood in a series of cabinets by Breg Hanssen. This shows the true beauty of team work don't you think?
Thursday, 18 June 2015 by Irene Hoofs
Last week we did a sneaky little preview of our favourite stop along the Design Kwartier journey, but let's keep on the trail of Dutch design. Even if you did not manage to head to Design Kwartier, let us bring you on a virtual tour recap of all the amazing designs that were present during the 3-day event.
Dutch designer Roos Meerman works in what we would call the experimental realm, her designs work with the development of materials and technology. Ever gave a second thought to how patterns come about? Roos' Canorgraphy project shows us what sounds look like, a machine she developed moves tools such as pencils and pens on a surface based on sound waves produced by a set of speakers to create patterns on textile or paper. Imagine turning a song into a pattern on a scarf.. email Roos for possibilities!
Another experimental endeavour by Roos is Aera Fabrica, combining the different techniques of blow moulding, glass blowing and 3D printing. Watch her video and you'll understand how she came up with the idea - it's like balloons for designers!
Image above and below by Base Photography
Images via Studio Roos Meerman
.. Roos Meerman