Archive for October, 2018

New Material Award 2018 exhibition at Hôtel Droog

Posted:  October 24th 2018


foto: Nieuwe Beelden Makers

New Material Award 2018 exhibition at Hôtel Droog from 30 October-2 December 2018
 
More and more designers are thinking about the effect of their designs in the circular chain from raw material to raw material. The role of the designer and design research are crucial in this. They contribute to a better and more sustainable society. The fifteen design and research projects nominated for the New Material Award 2018 are uncomfortable, confrontational, optimistic and visionary.
 
Material innovation encompasses much more than just the development of completely new materials. Generally, it revolves around a revaluation of raw materials, techniques, or residual products that are currently overlooked by industry as unsuitable for the intended purposes. This is done by exploring – without prejudice – new possibilities through research. From a loaded substance like animal blood, to bamboo that has been used for centuries; and from hair that we leave behind at the hairdresser, to waste glass that, according to established industries, would be impossible to reuse.
 The fifteen nominated projects for the New Material Award 2018, including the winning projects ‘Algae Lab Luma’ and ‘Blood related’, are on display at Hôtel Droog from 30 October until 2 December 2018.
 
Museumnacht Amsterdam 2018
Hôtel Droog is one of the new locations for this years’ edition of the Museumnacht Amsterdam. On Saturday 3 November, winners Eric Klarenbeek & Maartje Dros (Algae Lab Luma) and Basse Stittgen (Blood related), are present at Hôtel Droog to explain and demonstrate their projects. Nominated Designer Alexander Marinus developed a special make-your-own workshop, based on his project into the material of jute.

New Material Award
The New Material Award stimulates the development of sustainable materials through projects that provide smart solutions to the issues surrounding raw materials, energy and reuse – both in design and production.
This 7thedition of the biennial New Material Award is organized by the DOEN Foundation, the Kwadraat Fund and Het Nieuwe Instituut

The fifteen nominated designers are:
Agne Kucerenkaite
Alexander Marinus
Daria Biryukova
Envisions
Inge Sluijs
Iris de Kievith & Annemarie Piscaer
Ekaterina Semenova
Overtreders W & bureau SLA
Sanne Visser
Shahar Livne
Studio Chris Kabel
Telesilla Bristogianni & Faidra Oikonomopoulou
Xandra van der Eijk

Or visit the website of the New Material Award.

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New product: Glass lantern by Richard Hutten

Posted:  October 19th 2018

glass lantern richard hutten

We are proud to announce a new product: the glass lantern by Richard Hutten. 
In the project The New Original (2013) Droog investigated the copy culture in Shenzen, China. Droog wanted to advocate copying as a source of creativity. One of the participants in this project was Dutch designer Richard Hutten. He copied the traditional Chinese lantern but he used glass instead of paper and he modernized the design by reshaping the lantern. The lantern is available now!

Download the press release here

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Exhibition: Device People by chp…?

Posted:  October 5th 2018


picture by Nieuwe Beelden Makers

Now on display: Device people
From 1 October – 28 October 2018 at Hôtel Droog

According to research, the average smartphone user checks their phone 221 times a day. The omnipresent screen culture is responsible for a social transformation. The chat app is what the cigarette was in the last century: a symbolic consumption good that makes a significant contribution to the running of the economy. Devices are taking over our lives, we are becoming device people but at what cost? 

chp…?, the jewelry brand run by Gijs Bakker invited five international designers to reflect upon this theme. The exhibition includes work by Bart Hess, Conversation Piece by Nicolas Cheng & Beatrice Brovia, Jing He, mischer’traxler studio and Patricia Domingues. 

In addition to ‘Device People’, Droog selected other works by BLESS, FormaFantasma,  Timothy Liu and Noud Sleumer to complement the exhibition. Device People was developed by chp…? in cooperation with Design Museum Den Bosch.


picture by Nieuwe Beelden Makers

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