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Brief Published: 20 Oct 2016

Preview: Dutch Design Week 2016

L-R: GRID, FILTER, Everything But the Desktop!

Baars & Bloemhoff, a Dutch manufacturer of decorative sheet material that supplies to the contract market, has invited six designers to reinterpret its materials. We highlight three of the six concepts for this second edition of the project, fittingly titled Transitions II.

  • Grid: Using the material qualities of wood veneer as a starting point, David Derksen created four room dividers. The minimalist, open trellis-like designs benefit from the veneer’s light weight, making it an ideal material for hanging structures. The addition of both LED lights and acoustic foam offers many opportunities for the dividers' use.
  • Filter: Inspired by the solid surface material Hi-Macs, Sabine Marcelis experimented by combining it with resin in order to create an acrylic, stone-like material. The circular and rectangular ceiling lights, executed in a combination of colours and patterns, seem to float in mid-air. The materials’ hidden characteristics are only unveiled once the light is switched on. Depending on the thickness and texture, the light filters through and illuminates the material.
  • Everything But the Desktop! Designer duo Daphna Laurens created a flexible, two-tone sheet material by merging two layers of Forbo Desktop material together. Inspired by the material’s usual application, the duo developed playful products that can accompany desks such as a folded cone-shaped lamp, circle and pill-shaped organisers and a folded chair.

The full collection will be exhibited during Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven, October 22-30) – our full coverage of the event will follow soon after. Meanwhile, see Dutch Design Week 2015 for last year’s findings.