Following its debut in 2017, Dutch Stuff returns to London Design Fair at the Old Truman Brewery in East London this September. Whereas last year’s show was all about making a statement – exhibiting the work of more than 60 Dutch collectives, studios and independent designers – this year's offering is a more refined affair. By scaling the exhibitors back, the designs will be afforded space to breathe, and visitors will have more opportunity to explore the individual designers, products and ideas that are driving contemporary Dutch design thinking forward. Dutch Stuff is a deliberately eclectic, multi-disciplinary exhibition taking place against the raw industrial backdrop of the Old Truman Brewery’s 600m² top-floor gallery space. The show presents furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics and category-defying sculptural objects and installations from the most innovative minds on the Dutch design scene. The line-up includes both internationally known names and emerging talents, new experiments in materials and methods, collaborations and individual projects.
“The Netherlands has always been our go-to country for experimental design which is central to the curation of this the second edition of Dutch Stuff. As many of the designers have been sourced over the last 10 months we are excited to see where these experiments have lead and how they may have manifested in new products and collections by September.”
Jimmy MacDonald, Founder & Director, London Design Fair
Studio Jeroen Wand
‘Familiar materials can suddenly provide us with new insights – just by taking them out of their original context and by reviewing and reusing them in a different situation.’
Studio Jeroen Wand was founded by product designer Jeroen Wand in 2007. Based in Eindhoven, the studio specialises in the creation of products, objects and installations which challenge conventions of beauty. With a focus upon the raw and unpolished, Studio Jeroen Wand’s designs are rarely compliant and always unpredictable.
‘Combining design research with experimental product design, I pursue alternative forms of present production and future practice.’
Having first discovered his flair for experimental product design at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands, later honing it the Royal College of Art in the UK, Dutch designer Martijn Rigters is currently based between London and Vienna. The designer’s sofa range, Cutting Edge, is the result of his experimentation with hot-wire cutting. Sparked from the idea of movement as a liquid form, a large-scale cutting machine was built to capture the movements of the maker and directly translate them into a permanent shape. Elsewhere, The Colour of Hair (a collaboration with his fellow RCA alumnus Fabio Hendry) carbonises the keratin in human hair into hardened aluminium to create etching-like surface prints.
‘We combine extensive material research with the simple mission to put human experience at the centre of our work.’
An Eindhoven-based material research and design studio founded by Alissa van Asseldonk and Nienke Bongers, Alissa + Nienke creates materials, objects and installations in the field of interior design and architecture. Mirabilia is an innovative, three-dimensional wallpaper that responds to movements of the air around it. The pattern of incisions creates a play of shape, colour and shadow that transforms walls into lively surfaces that stimulate interaction and imagination.
Maria Tyakina Studio
‘While conducting experiments with natural phenomena, materials, colour, form, and techniques, my artistic research combines the study of ritualisation, traditions, and nostalgia.’
Maria Tyakina’s practice falls somewhere between art and design. Distinctive in its research-led approach, the studio explores the ways in which objects mediate our connection with the body. Topics central to Tyakina’s practice include the increased lack of tactility in the digital era, sensorial perception, and the re-imaging of the habituated ways we regard objects. By balancing research and fabrication, the studio creates unexpected sensory experiences and atmospheres. Colour Temperature is the manifestation of Tyakina’s research into how steel reacts to heat: the array of colours produced on the surface of the object indicate the temperature to which it was previously heated. Precise control of time and temperature during the process produces the desired hue.
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