Archive for November, 2015

Social City will be on display at UABB 2015

Posted:  November 18th 2015

Soon Social City will be on display at UABB 2015 (Bi-City Biennale of UrbanismArchitecture) in Shenzhen (China, 4 December 2015 – 1 March 2016), No.3 Gangwan Road, Shekou, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区港湾大道3号) . In the meantime you can play the quiz! More quizzes will follow. Read here all about Social City at UABB.

 

 

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Droog draws from the life of Vincent for the Van Gogh Museum

Posted:  November 18th 2015

The canvases have turned. The technicolour life of Vincent van Gogh inspires contemporary tableware,
travelware and graphic designs by Studio Droog for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was not only a brilliant painter, but also a keen traveler and writer. For Van Gogh
Museum’s new museum shop in Amsterdam, Studio Droog was asked to design a range of products based
on Van Gogh’s artworks: Landscape with Houses, 1890 and Wheatfield under Thunderclouds, 1890. Looking
beyond the surface of these paintings, Studio Droog dove into the rich, fickle life of the artist, giving rise to
an eclectic collection of over 20 unique tableware, travelware, postcards and poster designs that echo his
life and art.

• Travelware based on Wheatfield under Thunderclouds, 1890 by Vincent van Gogh.

The travelware collection references the work Wheatfield under Thunderclouds, 1890 and appeals to Van
Gogh’s frequent globetrotting – even though he often became homesick. The range derives its playful
pattern from the artwork’s staccato brush-work and bold, bright colours – with each design heralding a
signature Droog twist.

The collection includes a toiletry bag that fits your entire life’s work of grooming; an eyemask that blocks
not only eyes but ears too; a scarf that works double-shift as a blanket; an unmissable luggage belt; a
foldable weekend bag – also possible to use on weekdays; and a wallet to keep not only cash, but priceless
memories too.

• Tableware based on Landscape with Houses, 1890 by Vincent van Gogh.

The blue blush of Van Gogh’s Landscape with Houses defines the ceramic and glassware collection designed
by Studio Droog. By deconstructing the image into layers, and editing them into individual patterns, Studio
Droog cleverly harnessed the signature linework of Van Gogh to create new patterns that can be played
with.

Translucent glass plates of various sketched patterning can be stacked to recreate the original painting;
glass and ceramic tumblers don dancing strokes and lines – as if doodled by Van Gogh himself; patterned
bowls and vases make masterpieces of your food and flowers; and tealights cast shadows of an impressionist
painter’s mark.

• Posters and postcards of words and images by Vincent van Gogh (soon to be released)

Van Gogh wrote regularly to his brother Theo. Within these writings lay a wealth of wisdom, that Studio Droog
translated into quotes for a series of postcards. And these wisdoms could have only stemmed from his love
of reading – where Studio Droog designed a stylized bookshelf of Van Gogh’s actual reading list in the form
of a poster.

About Studio Droog

Renny Ramakers founded Studio Droog in 2011. The studio creates concepts, spaces and products, all
based on our key principles: respect for the existing, context/relevance, beauty and playfulness. Distilled to
the simple idea of less+ more. The studio addresses client commissions as well as in house assignments. For
more information, please visit www.droog.com.

About the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum makes the life and work of Vincent van Gogh and the art of his time accessible to
as many people as possible. The museum’s collection features in excess of 200 paintings, 500 drawings and
almost all letters by Vincent van Gogh, alongside his collection of Japanese prints. The library is home to
more than 23,000 volumes. In 2014, the museum welcomed 1.6 million visitors through its doors.
The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to making the life and work of Vincent van Gogh accessible to as
many people as possible in order to enrich and inspire them. We unite all elements of Van Gogh’s world.

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl

Location
Paulus Potterstraat 7
1071 CX Amsterdam

The new museum shop is located in the new entrance building of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Opening Hours
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm and until 10 pm on Fridays.

The shop is only accessible for museum visitors, and is open daily from 9 a.m. until 30 minutes after closing
time of the museum.

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Droog is hosting an eclectic Christmas Program

Posted:  November 17th 2015

Droog is hosting an eclectic Christmas Program that’s a little more omni-faith than your usual seasonal affair. Dubbed ’Trans-Christmas’, the program is a celebration of everyone, everywhere – regardless of religion, gender, title, sexuality, favourite food – anything really.

The program hosts a series of events, charity auctions, workshops, gift ideas for him, her, the kids and gender neutral; as well as online content curated to express a celebration for all.

Join us for a very merry Trans-Christmas – and see below for the eclectic program.

The program for Trans-Christmas 2015 at Droog:

1. Make some Sound! Workshop by Trapped in Suburbia
What: Soundcard Workshop with Trapped in Suburbia
When: 10th December, 2015 18.30 – 20.00
More info and booking

2. “Manufactured” by the Wunderkammer
What: Shop in shop and winter exhibition by the Wunderkammer
When: 4-31 December 2015

3. The Price of Fashion: Fashion Charity Auction and Debate moderated by Aynouk Tan
What: Inaugural Fashion Charity Auction and Debate moderated by Aynouk Tan
This fashion charity auction will generate funds through auctioning
clothing items from well-known figures in the Dutch community.
This auction is complemented with a debate uncovering the value of fashion,
how its context changes when discussing it next to the refugee crisis,
how clothing gains significance through experience, in effect – what is the price of fashion?
When: 9th December, 2015 18.30 – 21.00

4. Style your Style with Droog: Seasonal design styling advice from Droog
What: Get professional advice on how to style your dinner table, home or space
with Cecile Brekelmans of Droog.
When: Throughout the holiday season, by appointment – contact press@droog.com for
more information.

 

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Droog invites you to share your dreams & desires for a new way of city-making on Socialcities.org

Posted:  November 4th 2015

People all over the world are invited to express their desires via a virtual platform and quiz at
Socialcities.org.

People can create an avatar and see the city grow. Socialcities.org is also a think tank. Quizzes on a
variety of topics generate visual data maps, research, reflection and discussion.

The project is part of a broader research-and-do-program developed by Renny Ramakers
(Co-founder of Droog). The program examines the world’s city life starting from small scale to the
larger whole by acknowledging the passions and needs of people. Social City is the first exercise.
The average person intimately knows 50 people. These people probably met through a predestined
network – a network of people limited by nationality, income, school and work.

Next to this, the world is changing fast and it’s splintering. Mohammed in Africa probably has more
in common with David in the UK than he does with Ibrahim in his same-city friendship circle. Bringing
Mo and David together not only nurtures shared interests, but also individual diversity due to their
birthplace heritage.

Everything has changed around us. We embrace internet, technology, social media, globalization.
Yet, the way cities are designed is surprisingly similar to 50 years ago. Cities do not keep up with this
fast-paced status quo and its fragmenting diversity of lifestyles.

Imagine cities built like matchmaking sites, connecting like-minded people with shared dreams and
desires. Imagine our social circles not being designed by top-down decision making, but by our
mutual passions. Imagine desires designing our cities.

The online platform Socialcities.org addresses all of this by using play and techno culture to capture
the dreams and desires of ordinary citizens. This makes for a city that understands changing global
culture, a city without borders, or rules or top-down planning.

Socialcities.org is an exercise in individuality and explores how countless identities can make up a
diverse whole. It is a think tank based on the desires and dreams of citizens. The world has changed,
now it’s time for the city.

Socialcities.org is created by Renny Ramakers (Droog / Design+Desires) and Mark van der Net
(OSCity) in collaboration with Thonik (design). It is part of the broader Social City project at Shenzhen
Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale (UABB, 1/12/2015 – 1/3/2016), curated by Renny Ramakers.

For more information please contact:
press@droog.com
www.socialcities.org
www.designdesires.org

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