Tracey Ingram • 11-12 MAY
11-12 May 2022
IE Tower: P.º de la Castellana, 259E (Torre Caleido) 28046 Madrid
Established just last year, Studio WM. – the ‘W’ stands for Wendy Legro and the ‘M’ for Maarten Collignon – is a Netherlands-based product design team that is drawn to all things flora and fauna.
What was the first thing you made as a duo?
Wendy Legro: Bombus Sidetables, a family of tables inspired by beetles.
How do you choose what you’ll make next?
Most of the time it comes naturally, but sometimes it develops from a desire to work with a certain material.
What’s your design process?
We always start by sketching forms together and searching for a nice aesthetic. The chosen shape describes the feeling represented by the product. When we discover something interesting, we draw it up on the computer in 3D to get a complete picture. Finally, we search for colours and materials that complement the shape and story.
Do you each bring different skills to the table?
We definitely have our own skills but we share the same taste – something we consider to be the most important thing when you design together. As a duo, we make things we would never had made on our own, but we both like the results. Sketching and a critical eye for details are some of my expertise, while Maarten has a more hands-on approach and a great sense of colour and materials. Most importantly, we motivate each other.
City of residence Rotterdam
Age(s) Wendy: 27; Maarten: 26
Education Design Academy Eindhoven
Collaborations Droog Design, The University of Maastricht, SRE (Samenwerkingsverband Regio Eindhoven)
Favourite quote Maarten: ‘Who ever said that pleasure wasn’t functional?’ Charles Eames
Best advice received Maarten: It is unlikely you will be asked to design something you have never designed before, so make concepts
Best tip for designers Wendy: Design things you would like to own yourself; Maarten: Take good care of your presentations
Three things every designer needs Wendy: Motivation, analytic skills, Photoshop
Newest addition to your studio Our new IKEA desks
First design that inspired you Wendy: Eames Molded Plywood Chair; Maarten: Construction cranes
The ambitions of The Next Space
Introducing Design Thinking
Our lead facilitator pictures the two-day journey
Talk 1 - Jenny Lee
Why homes should be designed with people to make them sanctuaries for people
Miguel Oliveira (pCon)
Think, visualize, order
How software can support interior designers and architects to make the most of their creative design process by saving time to specify furnishings
Talk 2 - 13:00
How tech can make residences more responsive to changing needs and circumstances
Gudy Herder (Eclectic Trends)
Leave No Trace
A hands-on introduction to material trends: how to make spaces tactile, inhabitable and future-proof?
Lunch at IE Tower
WOW concept Madrid
Roca Gallery Madrid
Talk 3 - Cara Eckholm: (Nabr)
Can the process of customizing, financing and purchasing a home be similar to buying a car – including post-purchase upgrades through an app?
Talk 4 - Lekshmy Parameswaran and László Herczeg
How our homes can empower us to connect, self-organise and care for each other as we live, work and age
Cocktail and day closing at Roca Gallery
Talk 5 - Beatriz Jacoste
How a revolution in food production will transform the way we design habitats
Talk 6 - Mireia Luzárraga and Alejandro Muiño
Why spatial fluidity and ambiguity can make houses future-ready