The playground of the Dutch Design Week grows bigger and bigger each year. Started with locations around the city centre, the location map of exhibitions expand towards the old Philips building in the Strijp area, the Klokgebouw in Strijp-S, Piet Hein Eek in Strijp-R, and a new addition last year in the East, Sectie-C. This year, the city council has open up yet another section in Strijp to creatives, the Strijp-T.
Strijp-T is located in between Strijp-S and Strijp-R. These old factory buildings are being offered to young designers to set up their studios and workshops. I went on to explore this new corner of town and see the works of a group of recent graduates from Central Saint martins, Kiki & Joost, V3RS, the exhbition – Objects to Play and many more.
Text and images by Xue Jing Lim
December 4, 2013
Recent graduates from the postgraduate program of Central Saint martins have come together with a selection of works which narrates materials, be it from nature itself or imaginary futurustic materials.
Giovanni Marmont questions the perception of things. With this project, he aims to stimulate people’s imagination, make them question their relationship with the objects they live with and leave room for them to reflect, interpret, play and take risk.
Yesenia Thibault-Picazo imagines how mining would be in the future. She observes and catalysed the slow geological phenomenon to manufacture human-made minerals out of the most distinctive materials of our epoch (aluminium, bones, plastics).
Helene Combal Weiss worships modern industrial manufactured materials. She investigates the ancient practice of animism which is the belief of natural physical entities possess a spiritual essence. Her investigation shows how industrailly manufactured products and materials could potentially become icons of our time.
Amy Radcliffe records scents like camera captures images. She thinks if an analogue, amateur-friendly system of odour capture and synthesis could be developed, we could see a profound change in the way we regard the use and effect of smells in our daily lives.
Loekie Smeets celebrates the physical transformation of natural materials. She works towards a more resourceful and sustainable future, she believes we can harness the smart sensing systems inherent to natural materials.