Upcoming Exhibition: ME/YOU, US/THEM

‘How to live together’ is a fundamental question of our human existence. Today we live in a reality more closely intertwined than ever, yet becoming more and more deeply divided. Not just because of the multitude of identities crowding our world, based on country, region, tribe, religion, culture, social class, or skin colour: not just because of ‘Us and Them’. Also because of ‘Me and You’: because we live in a world where people as individuals are increasingly unable to get along, from fighting their next-door neighbours to opposing anyone with a different opinion or background to the growing fear of strangers – of anyone who is other.

In this world, characterised by an unprecedented level of global connectivity, governments are reinforcing borders and building new walls and fences, while social and economic inequalities persist and grow. The exhibition ‘ME/YOU, US/THEM’ presents the work of artists, designers, and architects who explore the intricate knots of identity, the multitude of coexisting identities, the concepts of ‘me’ and ‘you’, ‘us’ and ‘them’, and how we do, or do not, get along.

The exhibition will examine the issue of ‘how to live together’ on a scale varying from the border politics of nation-states to the interactions of individuals. By valuing and embracing diversity, societies can unlock their potential for innovation, creativity, and social progress. Ultimately, it all starts with our willingness, or unwillingness, to live together in a world full of contradictions.

Truly living together involves recognizing that diversity is not merely to be tolerated, but to be celebrated.

Twenty international artists, designers and architects will explore the notion of ME/YOU, US/THEM on various scales: from national border politics to migratory patterns in the natural world, and daily interactions between individuals. Danae Stratou’s installation ‘Cut 7’ documents the lives of people residing in regions marked by dividing lines, such as the Green Line in Cyprus and the border between Mexico and the USA. Shilpa Gupta’s flag made out of taped words reminds us that the sky has no borders, as does Desiree Dolron’s photographic tracking of the Monarch butterfly’s flight routes. Efrat Zehavi is slowly and surely building a body of work portraying a variety of individuals, sculpting their heads in clay while having a conversation with them.

Artworks by: Ariane Loze (BEL), Aukje Dekker & Sexyland (NLD), CATPC (DRC), Danae Stratou (GRC), Desirée Dolron (NLD), Edith Dekyndt (BEL), Efrat Zehavi (ISR), Erik Kessels & Droog Design with Hans van der Meer and Helmut Smits (NLD), Francis Alÿs (BEL/MEX), Garry Davis (USA), Heather Dewey-Hagborg (USA), JR (FRA), Marije Vogelzang (NLD), Martin Creed (GBR), Rael San Fratello architects (USA), Shilpa Gupta (IND), Sunny Dolat & The Nest Collective (KEN), Tania El Khoury (LBN), Theo Deutinger (AUT).

Droog30 @ Salone del Mobile Milano

Nieuwe Instituut organiseert in april 2023 tijdens designbeurs Salone del Mobile in Milaan samen met Triennale Milano een tentoonstelling rond Droog: ‘Droog30: Design of Non-Design?’. Bij het dertigjarig bestaan staan de samenstellers stil bij anekdotes over de totstandkoming en ontvangst van opvallende meubels, woonaccessoires, verlichting en andere producten van Droog. Aan de hand van die terugblik reflecteren ze ook op ontwikkelingen die het design- en medialandschap de afgelopen decennia hebben doorgemaakt.

Samenstellers Maria Cristina Didero en Richard Hutten, een van de oprichters van Droog en die ook het tentoonstellingsontwerp verzorgt, maken ter gelegenheid van de presentatie een soort ruimtelijke vertaling van een twitter-feed. Je stapt als bezoeker binnen in een driedimensionaal meningenlandschap. Zo maken de curatoren de mentaliteit van Droog tastbaar en invoelbaar: nog steeds niet bang voor stevige reacties en onveranderd tegen de stroom in. Er zijn verhalen opgenomen over verschillende (post)moderne Droog-klassiekers. In Huttens inrichting kun je zelf live op locatie en via het twitteraccount @DROOG30 je mening achterlaten over wat je er tegenkomt. De tentoonstelling herovert het publieke debat dat zich tegenwoordig vooral online lijkt af te spelen en verbindt het aan de analoge ruimtelijke ingrepen waarmee de Droog-ontwerpers zich al decennia uitspreken.

Droog30 is tijdens de Salone del Mobile te zien bij Triennale Milano van 15 t/m 23 april, en bij het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam van 2 mei t/m 27 augustus.

Meer informatie over de tentoonstelling vind je hier.

Exhibition Subject to Change Superflux

On view in the gallery@droog up until April 10th 2022.

Opening times:

mon – fri : 08:30 – 18:00

sat – sun : 11:00 – 18:00

Free entry!


Subject to Change is the first ever solo exhibition of London-based design studio Superflux. As a critically acclaimed, boundary-defying practice, Superflux confronts us with the complex and deeply interconnected nature of the challenges we face today. They invite us to remain open to a multitude of possibilities and navigate precarity with active hope. Their stories, films, objects, immersive installations and speculations craft new, optimistic, and enduring relationships with our planet, other species, technology, landscapes and each other.

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zondag 27 februari: Music, Drinks & Bites met Luca

Come mingle! Iedere zondagmiddag organiseren we een een nieuw concept: Music, Drinks & Bites@droog. Iedere zondag, vanaf ongeveer 15:00 uur nodigen wij een muzikant uit om zijn of haar muzikale talenten te laten zien. Schuif aan voor een borrel, en laat je inspireren. Van akoestische gitaarmuziek en funky jazz tot een creatieve DJ – iedere week wordt weer anders.

27 februari: soundscapes with Luca

Listen to chilled and laidback soundscapes, as those are the airwaves that more effectively touch upon the deepest corners of the heart. Get inspired, allow yourself to dream a little while you’re surrounded by Luca’s soundscape set. Interested to know more? Have a listen at Luca’s soundcloud.

  • Datum: zondag 27 februari
  • Tijd: inloop vanaf 16:00, start optreden circa 16:30
  • Tickets: gratis entree

Agenda

zondag 13 februari | Singer/songwriter Savine

zondag 20 februari | Akoestisch met Anne

zondag 27 februari | Soundscaping met Luca

zondag 6 maart | The Advertisers

zondag 27 maart | Pop/soul groep Disaiko

zondag 20 februari: Music, Drinks & Bites met Anne

Come mingle! Iedere zondagmiddag organiseren we een een nieuw concept: Music, Drinks & Bites@droog. Iedere zondag, vanaf ongeveer 15:00 uur nodigen wij een muzikant uit om zijn of haar muzikale talenten te laten zien. Schuif aan voor een borrel, en laat je inspireren. Van akoestische gitaarmuziek en funky jazz tot een creatieve DJ – iedere week wordt weer anders.

20 februari: Singer/songwriter Anne

Op 20 februari hebben we de getalenteerde singer/songwriter Anne de Wit te gast, die je borrel zal vergezellen van akoestische muziek. Kom langs en laat je inspireren!

  • Datum: zondag 20 februari
  • Tijd: inloop vanaf 15:00, start optreden circa 16:00
  • Tickets: gratis entree

Agenda

zondag 13 februari | Singer/songwriter Savine

zondag 20 februari | Akoestisch met Anne

zondag 27 februari | Soundscaping met Luca

 

SOLD OUT donderdagagavond@droog 17 maart: kookboekendiner met Mai Nguyen

Eén keer per maand op de donderdagavond ontvangt @droog een inspirerende kookboekenauteur. Tijdens deze smakelijke donderdagavonden krijg je de unieke kans om een uitgebreid kookboekmenu te proeven. De auteur bereidt in samenwerking met onze chef Annemieke van Leeuwen en haar team een heerlijk menu voor. We heten je graag welkom in het restaurant met een aperitief. Als amuse interviewt @droog zakelijk directeur Sarriel Taus de auteur.

SOLD OUT – De Vietnamese keuken met Mai Nguyen

Donderdag 17 maart hosten we de eerstvolgende editie met niemand minder dan kookboekauteur Mai Nguyen. Na een uitverkochte (en door corona helaas afgezegde) editie uit 2021 zijn we verheugd om aan te kondigen dat Mai opnieuw haar authentieke Vietnamese familierecepten komt presenteren @droog.

Tijdens deze smaakmakende avond neemt ze ons mee op reis door de Vietnamese keuken, met de vele verschillende geuren, smaken en structuren van dien.

  • uitgebreid menu met meerdere gangen
  • Inclusief welkomstdrankje
  • Datum: donderdag 17 maart
  • Tijd: Inloop vanaf 18:00, start programma 19:00
  • Prijs: €39,50

Ăn Ăn, oftewel ‘Aan tafel’!

Na afloop is het ook mogelijk je eigen kopie te laten signeren of een gesigneerd kookboek te kopen. Er is keuze tussen een vegetarisch en niet-vegetarisch menu. Reserveer snel want het aantal plaatsen is beperkt.

Tickets: Klik hier voor tickets

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Agenda

donderdag 17 februari | Diner met Vanja van der Leeden

donderdag 17 maart | De Vietnamese keuken met Mai Nguyen

donderdag 21 april | to be announced

donderdag 19 mei | to be announced

donderdag 16 juni | to be announced

donderdag 21 juli | to be announced

donderdag 15 september | to be announced

donderdag 20 oktober | to be announced

donderdag 10 november | to be announced

donderdag 15 december | to be announced

Urban Green Instagram Contest / Feb 21 – March 9

Grab your camera and post your Instagram interpretation of what urban ‘green’ looks like according to you. You can win (1) a ticket for an exclusive Instagram Meet-Up organized by Senns_Less, and (2) a very delicious lunch platter for two (worth 33,- euro) at Hôtel Droog.

Three fun steps to win:

1. Be utmost creative with the theme of Urban Green
2. Post your Instagram photo with #droogurbangreencontest
3. Tag your Instagram photo with @droogdesign

Curious who will be the lucky shot? The award ceremony for the winner will be held during the public event ‘Urban Green, What Do You Mean?!’ on Thursday March 9, 2017, 8PM. 

Laying the Groundwork for the Start-up Accelerator by and for Young Dapperbuurt Entrepreneurs

 

On the January 23rd Design+Desires organized the ‘Dappere Ondernemers’ (brave entrepreneurs) public meeting in Amsterdam. Young entrepreneurs, residents, and business people from in- and outside the Dapperbuurt neighborhood in Amsterdam came together to pulse interest and discuss developing a neighborhood entrepreneurial hub, run by and for youngsters.

The meeting was a continuation of our research-and-do project ‘Me, Myself & My Job’ (2016) conducted in the Dapperbuurt neighborhood of Amsterdam. This research centers on youngsters and their dreams in relation to work and free time. Our findings show that majority of young people surveyed would rather be self-employed than work for a boss under fixed employment. However, the majority also expressed they often lack the necessary tools and feel insecure when it comes to setting things into motion. Our proposal was to create a ‘Hub’ as a launch platform, a space where personal growth, work ambitions and leisure time could intertwine. This hub could be modeled like the high-tech start-up accelerators – such as RockStart and Startupbootcamp- and run by youngsters who would like to start or already run their own business.

Various entrepreneurs and locals attended the meeting held in The Jungle Amsterdam, in the heart of the Dapperbuurt. After her presentation, Renny Ramakers asked the audience for feedback on the framework ideas she has for such a Hub. During the open mic, several youngsters and neighbors expressed their willingness to participate. The evening connected many people in the neighborhood who may have otherwise not known one another. A resident from the Dapperbuurt expressed his joy and noted if he had not come across our Facebook promotion, he would not have known all the young entrepreneurs in his neighborhood. He works as a coach in daily life and said he would be delighted to contribute to the Hub. Another entrepreneur, a lawyer shared his thoughts and offered his support in way of advice to youngsters in their initiatives for the Hub. Several civil servants of the Dapperbuurt were also in attendance. One of them told the youngsters that the City of Amsterdam might explore the possibilities to facilitate such a Hub.

Renny Ramakers emphasized that key to getting the Hub off the ground is that the youngsters themselves initiate its’ creation with plans and needs. Therefore Droog will offer practical support by means of creating a Supervisory Board with seasoned and well-experienced entrepreneurs who will coach the Hub-organizers.

One young entrepreneur, Irene Drexhage was inspired to take the lead. She is now the chairman of a group of 18 youngsters that expressed interest in setting up a hub. The day after the event, Renny Ramakers and Irene Drexhage were interviewed by business radio BNR Zakendoen to talk about the project.

The next step will be a follow-up meeting between the Supervisory Board and the group of youngsters who want to run the Hub. This is just a start. We think the Hub concept could be carried throughout the Netherlands.

The public meeting was organized via a poster campaign of the same name shown the weeks prior in 40 bus stops throughout Amsterdam East. Via a Facebook promotion, Droog interviewed and hand-selected 17 young, proud and successful entrepreneurs to showcase on the posters.

Stay tuned to the Design+Desires program for updates.

Continuing with Cacau…

Photography by Dario Pequeno Paraiso

After Droog’s weaving workshop in July in Sao Tome, a group of passionate locals continue to use their newly acquired skills to weave a 90m long curtain. The curtain will offer their local cultural center, Cacau the possibility to divide and open the space according to their needs.
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For the Cacau project textile designer Nikkie Wester translated the traditional Gobrlin technique into a contemporary weaving method. Only weaving the outlines of the pattern.


Meet the weavers of Cacau.
From left to right: Engrácia Isabel, Gualter Martinho Henrique, Alzira Medeiros, Sonia Mendes, Luisa Monteiro, Guimarley Oliveira, Angelina Cabral Cuba, Silania Pascoal Domingas, Etelvina Monteiro, Fernanda Mendes Vaz da Silva, Nilza Piedade, Eusébio Dias Fernandes, Alaize Martins Vincente, Seli Soares Martins, Nilsa Elvira, Eula Fonseco Sousa Pontes, Irodina Almeida, Marlene Soares, Cremilda Vaz da Conceição Santana, Manuel do Espírito Santo Santana

 

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This magical botanical garden belongs to São Tomé local, Olivia. Weavers of the 90m long curtain designed by Droog have been utilizing Olivia’s plants as natural dyes for the curtain’s fibers. We can’t wait to see the results!

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The indigo plant is native to São Tomé however there were no current applications of indigo use as dying material on the island. The curtain will be made from local non-toxic dyes and materials found on the island of São Tomé such as banana fiber and pigments from plants and minerals.<Br><br>
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The weavers brought their first visit to the cultural center, where eventually the curtain will hang and construction on the building’s interior will begin this winter.

 

At MADE 2016 Droog is awarded ‘Designer do Ano’ (Designer of the Year)

From Screw to City

At the 4th Mercado Arte Design (MADE) in São Paulo (Brazil), Droog presents ‘From Screw to City’, showcasing that Droog explores for more than 23 years all dimensions of human life – from the smallest detail to the bigger picture – from screw to city!

At MADE 2016 Droog is awarded ‘Designer do Ano’ (Designer of the Year)

Mercado Arte Design (MADE) in São Paulo (Brazil)

Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 13h – 21h
Saturday 12h – 21h
Sunday 12h – 20h

Location: Jockey Club de São Paulo – Av. Lineu de Paula Machado, 1.173 (vallet no numero 1.263) – Cidade Jardim, São Paulo, Brazil

Tuesday to Thursday
Free entrance

Friday to Sunday: R$ 20

For the elderly and students: R$ 10

Social City wins Peoples’ Choice Award at UABB 2015/2016

Social City wins Peoples’ Choice Award at UABB 2015/2016

We (Droog, OSCity, Jan Rothuizen) are happy to announce that our project Social City, which is part of the Design+Desires program, has won the Peoples’ Choice Award at the UABB 2015/2016. The jury stated: ““Symbiotic Village”, “City of Wind”, and “Social City” won public recognition for their creativity, sense of presence and visual presentation through a poll conducted at UABB venues, on the official website and platforms like WeChat, over a period of one month.”

Renny Ramakers talks at the Penny Stamps Speaker Series in Ann Arbor

On Thursday April 7, 2016, Renny Ramakers will give a presentation at the Penny Stamps Speaker Series in Ann Arbor (MI). She will talk about her inspiration and work, and Droog’s latest people-centered urban research-and-do program called Design+Desires. Renny will tell something about her fascination with Russian constructivism and De Stijl movement, and how this has influenced on her path and that of founding Droog and its many different projects. The Penny Stamp Speakers Series offers a unique art & design education within the University of Michigan. Focusing on creative practice as an engine for cultural change and innovation.

Thursday April 7, 2016
5.10 PM
Michigan Theater
603 E. Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Social City (beta version) at Beijing Design Week 2015

 

At the Next City Living Lab during the Beijing Design Week (23/9 – 7/10, 2015) the beta version of the Social City online platform will be launched.

Cities are becoming larger and larger, smarter and smarter. Technology is supposed to solve all city problems. Governments, companies and urban planners are eager to do so. But what about citizens? What do they think? Can they have a say? In Social City they have!

Social City is an online platform which, via a game-like experience, invites CITIZENS all over the world to share their dreams, desires, and needs. This input will generate a virtual city. People can build a house, define their neighborhood, envision their community, arrange their mobility, choose their economy, and can even decide how to rule Social City.

Multiple choices are possible. People can check out what other Social Citizens are dreaming of doing and being. If they become inspired by them and want to revise their city, they could simply create a new avatar and play the game again. The more people participate, the more Social City will grow.

In Social City the citizens take the lead, and experts in architecture and city planning are invited to reflect on the shared desired elements which constitute Social City. It challenges top down city planning. The platform is a unique online combination of shared dreams and desires of citizens, hard data and discourse by professionals.

The platform is part of the Social City project at Shenzhen Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale (UABB, 1/12/205 – 1/3/2016), curated by Renny Ramakers (Droog Foundation/Design+Desires).

Social City platform is curated by Renny Ramakers in collaboration with Mark van der Net (OSCity). Technical implementation: OSCity. Graphics: Thonik.

Exhibition venue in Beijing: The Nurturing House, Sanjing Hutong No. 21, Dashilar, Xicheng District, Beijing, 100051