DDW: The Best of Strijp

Nola by Studio Drift for Buhtiq31

Continuing our coverage of the Dutch Design Week - having already exceeded the expected amount of visitor - Frame ventured to Eindhoven's Strijp Area. Widening the scope of open studios and exhibitions, this former Philip's industrial zone has expanded into adjacent Strijp R and T. Here is Frame's selection of what we came across.

At the Klokegebouw – within Strijp S – a slew of companies, schools, organizations, and independent designers presented the latest in furniture, lighting, material science and technology-based design. The proliferation of 3D printing techniques was more prevalent than ever though traditional crafts could still be found.

Hugo van der Kallen's Circle is a new do-it-yourself modular system. A series of open raw-steel joints easily connect any length of 4x4 wood rods to create an endless array of household and outdoor furniture. This simple solution was one of many open-source designs presented during Dutch Design Week.

This year, the event was opened up to international exhibitors. Advantage Austria’s Surprisingly Ingenious showcase featured the work of 28 Austrian designers, bring this country's bourgeoning creative scene to the forefront. Vienna-based Eoos presented their Diversion Toilet. With consideration for both aesthetics and function, this solution could provide 2.6 billion people with a decent toilet.

Emulating the festival-like atmosphere found at Milan’s Ventura Lambrate, the Ketelhuisplein was filled with food and product stands. Among them was Buhtiq31 – a new design label promoting affordable design. This online platform aims to fill a gap in the market by cutting out the middle man. Designers like Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe, Maarten Baptist and Studio Drift are commissioned to develop new products based on themes like skin.

Farther out in Piet Heijn Eek's very own Strijp R, we discovered Rood Wood by rENs. Exploring how different wood species react to red dye and how colouring influences grain patterns, they worked with every type of wood. With Oak, ash, mahogany and yellow polar, different shades of red were obtained. A bench series was built using iterations of this new material.

Within a massive warehouse adjacent to Kiki Van Eijk and Joost Bleiswijk's studio, the Convoi Exceptionnel exhibition presented work of designers like Reinier Bosch, recently featured on Frameweb. It also showcased Marjan Van Aubel and James Shaw's Well Proven Chair, constructed using wood shaving waste, bio resin and pigments. Achieving a 'foaming wood' quality, her moulded chairs appear to grow.

Working our way back to the centre, we encountered the Biker Crisp table by Dimitri Kruithof. As part of an original collection of industrial-inspired furniture, this table’s structure employs and open angle profile. Resembling cloth, the table-top was cast in epoxy and foil.

Video Conor Vella

Photos courtesy of the designers

Billboard: Black Friday 2017
Billboard: Black Friday 2017

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