Dutch Design Week 2014: Top 5 Design Academy Eindhoven Projects

Design Academy Eindhoven has opened its home at the Witte Dame building once again this year for an inspiring and diverse graduation showcase that includes innovative material and process experiments alongside conceptual reimaginings of society and culture. Here are our top five projects from the show.

Wiktoria Szawiel‘s series Landscapes Within combines wood and rattan with frosted resin, creating beautiful vessels, tables and seats that look textured but are softly smooth to the touch. The collection is inspired by the Eastern landscapes Szawiel remembers from her childhood.

Joey Dogge has designed Yatno, a room’s worth of furniture that can fit into a space of five metres squared. Yatno Satu offers storage, a bed, sofa, desk and chair, while accompanying structure Yatno Dua functions as a clothes rack and chest of drawers.

Eleonore Delisse has designed the Circadian Clock, which aims to reconnect our bodies with the cycle of natural light. A disc is set in a wooden frame, where it slowly rotates to cast different coloured shadows over the room during the course of a day. It is one of a number of projects at Design Academy Eindhoven this year that aim to rebalance office workers’ lives, by putting them back in touch with natural light, tactile materials and healthier amounts of physical movement.

Rudi Boiten is showing One Yarn of Paint, a printing machine that outputs glossy paint, to create highly tactile floor coverings in geometric shapes. Inspired by weaving looms, the printer draws from pre-programmed shapes that are sent to it via laptop.

Sustain Ability by Stanley Sagart questions the short life cycle and swiftly decreasing value of physical products, presenting an alternative economic system in which one piece of furniture stays as valuable years into its use as it was when freshly created. The furniture is designed without screws or glue, instead using sheets of paper that wind up to create secure fastenings.

Homebuildlife subscribers will be able to read our full round-up of this year’s best DAE graduation projects next week, alongside our coverage of the key trends and innovations from the whole of Dutch Design Week 2014.

– Sarah Housley


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