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Entries can be made until December 31, 2013. The winner will be announced on Facebook during the second week of January, 2014.
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Centraal Museum Utrecht acquired the Speaking Coffee machine by Eibert Draisma, Paraffin table by Timo Breumelhof and the Godogan table by Niels van Eijk & Miriam van de Lubbe from the Droog collection, to be included as part of their contemporary design collection. The Centraal Museum is known for its extremely varied and widely known collection of design.
Since the founding of Droog in 1993, the museum has collected design objects from the Droog collection almost every year. The Droog pieces are of great value to the museum collection. As the curator of applied arts and design Ida van Zijl explains: “In the first 10 years of the 21st century we experienced a typical trend in design, in which designers manufactured products that sat on the border between art and design. Droog is a very good example of a design company who created products that blurred the line between art and design”. The museum boasts an extensive collection of works by Droog, ranging from design classics such as the Chest of Drawers by Tejo Remy (1991), the Tree-trunk Bench by Jurgen Bey (1999), and the Bone Chair by Joris Laarman (2006), in addition they have also acquired the complete 14 piece Saved by Droog collection from the 2009 Droog Milan presentation. In 2010 they edited the artist’s proof #1 edition of the Red blue Lego chair to their collection. This piece was exhibited at Rietveld’s Universe, as part of the Rietveld Year organized from October 2010 until January 2011.
The recently collected pieces will be on display at the ‘Nieuwe Aanwinstenzaal’ at The Centraal Museum Utrecht (date to be confirmed).
Speaking coffee maker by designer Eibert Draisma (1990)
This coffeemaker is assembled from rejected material. It includes the base of an old transformer. The coffee maker is programmed to repeat a series of pre-recorded messages, designed to alert the owner when the coffee is ready.
Godogan table by Niels van Eijk & Miriam van de Lubbe (2006)
The Godogan table has been (hand)made in Indonesia because of the region’s high quality craftsmanship. The woodworkers were challenged to the utmost with this extremely complicated design depicting an Indonesian fairy tale. This table could not have been carved in the West, where comparable craftsmanship no longer exists.
Photographer: Gerard van Hees
Paraffin table by designer Timo Breumelhof (2000)
Many products are designed for extreme ease of use or for safety. Extremely “responsible” products leave little space to the imagination or creative (mis)use, they lose their poetry. From this point of view the designer created an ‘unsafe’ table, this table’s lack of safety considerations increases its poetical aspect; ‘using’ the table will destroy it.
Photographer: Marsel Loermans
Originally intended to be a downloadable design. Taking the principles of Gerrit Rietveld, this inside out – night stand by Minale-Maeda makes construction easy and attractive. The cabinet has been turned inside-out, now with the construction brackets and details on the outside and the coating on the inside.
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In the current economic climate, aesthetics have become side-lined by the pursuit of austerity. Droog’s new collection is a campaign for beauty; a range of products that embrace both luxury and practicality. Not so much less is more, as less + more.
The latest in this line is Flames, designed by Chris Kabel. Flames is a refillable gas fuelled table candle with a very recognisable shape. This design is an evolution of the classic gas cartridge holder. It is a pragmatic design, originating from a number of rational decisions and using the same simple and cheap materials as the utilitarian camping stove. Always dependable, sturdy and practical, Flames still creates an unexpected feeling of luxury. Chris Kabel states: “I look at things as if they have never been seen before, then I dissect them and, after that, I reassemble them according to my own rules.” Flames is no exception to this process. This product is the perfect synthesis of innate functional qualities with a more decorative outer shell. The raw industrial gas pipes and gas tank are coated white, and their slender shape conjures a romantic chandelier casting a flickering light.
Drinking coffee is often used as a moment for reflection or communication. By rotating the cup on the saucer, the different word combinations provide “food for thought”. A true conversation piece. As designer Annelys de Vet stated: “They playfully question our changing perceptions of subjects like freedom and truth, inviting the consumer to make up their own mind.”
My cup of thoughts is now available in a limited edition for € 9,50.
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My cup of thoughts is a product from UP by Droog. Read more.
Q&A with Annelys de Vet, designer of My cup of thoughts
What is the idea behind your design for the coffee cups?
Drinking coffee is often used as a moment for reflection and communication. The English author Sydney Smith mentioned that “If you want to improve your understanding,” you should “drink coffee”. And Sheik Abd-al-Kadir, (10th century), confessed that “no one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.” Coffee is seen as a symbol for improving our erudition, and futures can be predicted in the leftovers. It’s within this realm that the texts on the cups and saucers provide food for thought. They playfully question our changing perceptions of subjects like freedom and truth, inviting the consumer to make up their own mind.
How did you experience working with ‘deadstock’ instead of designing a product from scratch?
It was my reason for accepting the invitation for this project. We – in the west – are massive consumers of goods, resources and food. If we want a qualitative future we seriously have to change our consumerism and our mentality. A project like ‘UP’ contributes to this urgent need for change.
Due to an increase in environmental consciousness in today’s society, a lot of waste is recycled or ‘upcycled’. What do you think of this?
This is of the utmost importance, and designers can play a very meaningful role here. They are specifically trained to see doors where other people see walls.
We’ve often heard ‘design can save the world’. Tell me your thoughts?
Of course it’s utterly naïve to believe that design can save the world, and it would be self-congratulatory to think that designers have this ability. Global problems are becoming too complex, layered and with too many irreversible realities. At first it needs a global mentality-change, alternative economies and utopian power structures. But what arts and culture – and thus design – can do, is provide “food for thought” for this changing perception. They can help to shift our perspectives and develop tools to understand our reality and deal with it in a more sustainable way.
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