With the theme of Self Unself, the Design Academy Eindhoven presented over 120 thesis projects based on a wide range of research questions. This selection of six projects exemplifies how design is widening it scope of influence. From furniture that reuses discarded building materials to projected animations of how wireless devices actually work, Frame went beyond media-hype to discover the intrinsic value of this year’s graduation show.

Invisible Manifestations of a Wireless World by Lissa Zengerink

Most people have a very abstract notion of how mobile devices work. Lissa Zengerink translated various scientific explanations into a series of animations – communicating how data manifests itself in space. Projected on aptly shaped surfaces, these stories combine the factual and the imagined.

The Symbiosis of Stoneware & Porcelain by Daniel Costa and Dienke Dekker

Researching complementary materials, Costa and Dekker discovered the relationship between stoneware and porcelain. Their project investigates the behavioural and aesthetic qualities of two distinct types of ceramics. By mixing and layering, they created a series of multi-functional vessels.

Big Rush by Hanna Maring

Examining how structures interact with their skins, Maring discovered the rush weaving technique – wrapping cords around base-constructions to create a seat. With many experimentation models, she found a new way of using this traditional method. The end result revealed a woven pattern entirely determined by the chair’s structure. 

Flexible Order by Fabricia Chang

Playing with the paradox of order and freedom, Chang was intrigued by the rigidity of Dutch spatial design. Her minimal modular system allows users to easily assemble their own furniture. Metal-frame components are painted in soft blue, evoking a nuanced disorder.

Kawara Bench by Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Discarded Japanese ceramic roof tiles are normally crushed down and used in road construction. Noticing their ergonomic qualities, Hayashi decided to use these tiles when designing a range of benches. These reused forms are durable with different glazed textures.

Mag Furniture by Benjamin Vermeulen

Flat-packed furniture is easy to ship, economically viable, and environmentally friendly but is often built from low-grade material. In response to this dilemma, Vermeulen designed a modular furniture system that utilizes a magnet assisted geometry. With high quality steel and wood, users are able to move their furniture without damaging it.