Short&Sweet video-interviews @ Salone Milan 2016

Below you find a series of short video interviews and reports I’ve made in collaboration with journalist and design critic Tracy Metz and Connecting the Dots at the Salone del Mobile/Milan Design Week 2016. What is happening in design today?

Maarten Baas – New, newer, newst

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Salone 2016 Milaan – highlights

De Salone del Mobile is de grootste en meest bekende designweek ter wereld. Van oorsprong een meubelbeurs, nu wordt de stad overspoeld met designevents en presenteren enorm veel designers hier hun laatste ontwerpen. Enkele highlights:

Lensvelt – Boring Collection

Hans Lensvelt presenteert met de Boring Collection het ultieme anti-design. Vrij geparafraseerd naar het manifest ‘ Tjsa, we hebben nu eenmaal iets nodig waar we op moeten zitten in onze kantoren, maar dat betekent niet dat we er zo moeilijk over moeten doen’. En dus heeft Lensvelt samen met Space Encounters de meest saaie kantoormeubels ooit ontworpen – grijs, die compleet wegvallen tegen de grijze muren – waardoor volgens hen weer ruimte vrijkomt voor lekker spelen. Missie bereikt in hun presentatie waar bezoekers elkaar bekogelen met propjes en papiervliegtuigjes al dan niet succesvol door de ruimte scheren.


  

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‘Social design is a vogue word past its peak’ – Interview Thomas Widdershoven

For the design magazine Connecting the Dots which is published during the Dutch Design Week, I’ve interviewed Thomas Widdershoven, head of the Design Academy Eindhoven, about the meaning of social design nowadays:

‘This is an interview about social design, without discussing ‘social design’. You see, Thomas Widdershoven, head of the Design Academy Eindhoven and owner of graphic design studio Thonik, doesn’t like the term. ‘Social design is a vogue word that is past its peak.We need to return to the essence of social design’

Read the entire interview here: Interview Thomas Widdershoven – Sanne van der Beek – Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

 

Move over social design, het is tijd voor ethisch design

Move over social design, het is tijd voor een nieuw soort sociaal: ethisch design. Van design met een hart, naar design met moraal. En dat is een belangrijke verschuiving. Want waar social design grote thema’s aansnijdt als vluchtingenproblematiek (hét hot topic op What Design Can Do dit jaar), klimaatproblemen of armoede die niet alleen veelal toch ver van je dagelijkse leefwereld afstaan, maar ook behoorlijk wat moed vereisen om je in zo’n groot thema vast te bijten, is ethisch design, het ontwerpen vanuit een duidelijke morele code, iets dat opeens iedereen aangaat. Designers hoeven niet meer de wereld te redden, maar wel te ontwerpen vanuit heldere normen en waarden.

beyond-new

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Complexity and criticism

This blog is part of the keynote talk ‘Inside out/outside in: design as open’ I gave at the Spaces of Learning conference, April 18th in Toronto about how the nature of nowadays design has become fundamentally ‘open’ in nature and what impact this has about we deal with design.

This talk is divided in 4 seperate blog posts:

‘Design as open’ is not just something which just broadens the playing field of design. It fundamentally changes the nature of design and thus has a big impact on how we think about design, how designers behave and how design education should look. Design critics have begun starting to worry about a backlash this paradigm shift could have on design: as design spreads itself out further and further, the danger is that it becomes hollowed out as a profession.

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Rhizome as a toolkit for fluid design

This blog is part of the keynote talk ‘Inside out/outside in: design as open’ I gave at the Spaces of Learning conference, April 18th in Toronto about how the nature of nowadays design has become fundamentally ‘open’ in nature and what impact this has about we deal with design. 

This talk is divided in 4 seperate blog posts:

Now that I have painted you a picture about  the new-found openness of design and which is reflected in and comes out of the change in how people deal with design in a fluid manner and what place design takes: not a place, but the in-between space,  I like to explore a new perspective of dealing with this new nature of design.

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Openness as paradigm shift in society

This blog is part of the keynote talk ‘Inside out/outside in: design as open’ I gave at the Spaces of Learning conference, April 18th in Toronto about how the nature of nowadays design has become fundamentally ‘open’ in nature and what impact this has about we deal with design. 

This talk is divided in 4 seperate blog posts:

Openness as philosophical position to deal with liquid society

John Thackara wrote ‘Openness is more than a commercial and cultural issue, it’s a matter of survival’. His statement indicates that openness is more than some economic model or way in which a culture deals with its surroundings: it is a state of mind which is vital for dealing with current circumstances.

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Design as open

This blog is part of the keynote talk ‘Inside out/outside in: design as open’ I gave at the Spaces of Learning conference, April 18th in Toronto about how the nature of nowadays design has become fundamentally ‘open’ in nature and what impact this has about we deal with design. 

This talk is divided in 4 seperate blog posts:

Design as open

Design has opened itself up to the world and has let the world in.  A quick glance at some leading design conferences and prizes shows how broad the current playing field of design is. At Design in Daba, last february in Capetown, were for example among the speakers The Workers, the creators of four little robots that enabled the public to explore Tate Britain at night, Roy Choi, who spoke as the godfather of the LA’s celebrated gourmet food truck culture which he started with his successful Korean taco truck and Yoni Bloch, an Israëlian rock star, who launched with his band the online platform Threehouse, a fun website where you can makeover classic songs, 21st-century style.

Treehouse

Treehouse

Ok, so we have robots, a chef of a taco truck and and Israëlin rock star as speakers on one of the highest acclaimed design conferences in the world. Design nowadays is obviously not that easily defined anymore. Was this different in the past?

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New Window: De ambacht centraal

Het blijft één van de meest gewaardeerde eigenschappen van kunst en design objecten: de ambachtelijkheid waarmee ze gemaakt zijn. New Window van Woes van Haaften onderkent dit door het maakproces centraal te stellen van de werken die hij in opdracht door kunstenaars laat maken. En vaak is dat maakproces nog interessanter dan het eindproduct.

Bij de eerste samenwerking van New Window met designer Lex Pott in het product Diptych zie je bijvoorbeeld hoe ontwerpen uit het Victoria & Albert Museum tot het eerste idee geleid hebben, de vele ontwerpvraagstukken die opkomen (hoe kun je de ringen van de bomen zo mooi mogelijk het ontwerp verwerken), ontmoetingen met een boomspecialist en de teleurstellingen als een materiaal toch niet meewerkt.

Diptych

 

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