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Brief Published: 9 Nov 2018

Creative Disruption at Dutch Design Week 2018

Baars & Bloemhoff

At Dutch Design Week this year (October 20-28), material suppliers and manufacturers gave designers free reign over their processes and products, leading to new and unexpected applications and markets. We select three initiatives that caught our eye.

  • Surface board manufacturer Baars & Bloemhoff showed materials from its decorative and construction panel product range in four immersive spaces, curated by designers Floor Knaapen and Grietje Schepers. Specially commissioned flat-pack furniture from five designers (Lex Pott, Tijs Gilde, Jasmijn Muskens, Daphna Laurens and Johan Moorman) was also displayed throughout the show.

    The commissions have allowed Baars & Bloemhoff to expand its offer into furniture, which will be made available to buy via the Transitions website in late 2019.
  • Design studio Rens was invited by furniture brand Pode to creatively investigate its industrial spray and powder-coating processes. By adjusting the settings and viscosity of paint used on wood, textiles, glass and metal, Rens produced a spectrum of effects. Nuanced tints and splattered colour were applied to round and oval panels, which were then assembled into layered vignettes. An offbeat palette of primary red and blue, paired with lavender and rust, drew the experiments together.

  • Technical textile manufacturer Low and Bonar teamed up with multidisciplinary design team In4Nite to facilitate the creative exploration of Colback – a flashspun textile typically used in car interiors. Designer Mieke Lucia demonstrated the material’s strength by using it as the substrate for a tufting gun used to make rugs. Meanwhile, designer Joris de Groot transformed the material into footwear by adapting techniques used by automakers.

For more inspiring examples on this theme, see Future Manufacture in our Dutch Design Week: Trends report and our 2019 Materials Focus direction Human Made. Check out our full coverage of the event here.

Joris de Groot
Mieke Lucia
Art & Design