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Brief Published: 24 Oct 2012

Design Academy Eindhoven: From This to These


An ancient drum used in Buddhist ceremonies inspired Hong Kong-born Niko Leung’s final-year project at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. The designer, now working under her own design studio Atelier Yea-Yea, wanted to explore ideas of fantasy and craft as well as the reinterpretation of form “in order to free oneself from the stigma surrounding the concept of copying”. 

The resulting project – From This to These: Progressive Copying – involved the development of a series of unusual objects evolved from the drum’s characteristics, decoration or form. The objects have a similar aesthetic, but their functions vary – from a teapot, to a hat and even a lollipop stand. Leung has used various production techniques and materials in the project, including ceramics, turned wood and fabrics. 

Leung’s work is on show at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation exhibition, Up Close Wide Open, until October 28 2012. Look out for more Design Academy Eindhoven coverage in the Stylus Dutch Design Week report, coming soon. 

Niko Leung