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Salone del Mobile 2017 in retrospect

Salone del Mobile 2017 in retrospect

12 April 2017

For product and furniture designers the Salone del Mobile in Milan is the ideal place to present themselves on the international stage. This year’s fair attracted more than 340,000 visitors, including many representatives of wholesale and retail, press, media and other professionals from the international design world. Everyone is on the lookout for the latest developments in the realms of furniture and product design and, as we’re accustomed to now, the Dutch presence was remarkable in several respects. Two of the Fund’s members of staff, Eva Roolker and Zineb Seghrouchni, share some of their impressions below. During their short trip they visited several memorable presentations.
Experiment, craftsmanship and the everyday
A variety of Dutch presentations could be visited in Palazzo Clerici. MacGuffin magazine launched its latest edition, which is devoted to ‘The Sink’ in its entirety: presented in an installation with the many components of a sink, it explored the sink’s everyday use, significance and design from various perspectives. Visitors could listen to a range of perspectives via a podcast.

The colourful presentation by Envisions grabbed attention too. Finsa, a Spanish manufacturer of semi-finished products such as MDF, wood-fibre panels, melamine and veneer, offered this designers collective the opportunity to experiment with their materials. The multilayered final presentation – 1:1 experimental pieces, short videos of the production process and a VR production – gave a complete impression of the possibilities that the materials offer.

Het Nieuwe Instituut drew the attention of an international audience to the New Material Award. Studio Minale-Maeda showcased their latest work and Commonplace Studio, Sabine Marcelis, Teresa van Dongen shared a presentation space. Their work and practices are diverse, but in the presentation all three of them focused on everyday household products and provided them with a new context and perception.

Design Academy Eindhoven was present as well, on this occasion with a TV and media studio. In this real-time TV studio, reality, fiction and the digital and physical worlds were interlaced in combination with continuous performances.

In the nearby Palazzo Turati the whole selection consisted of presentations by Dutch designers and labels. A common thread was an emphasis on traditional craftsmanship.

Exceptional collaborations between designers and manufacturers
Organisation in Design staged an exceptional tour de force by occupying the spaces amidst the arches beneath the elevated rails of Milan’s central station. The presentations by Maarten Baas in collaboration with Hans Lensvelt, Baars & Bloemhoff and the British designer Lee Broom were tackled on a grandiose scale. In these normally disused spaces, Ventura Centrale offered a wonderful complement to the ample selection elsewhere in Milan. A special aspect of these presentations was the successful collaboration between designer and manufacturer.

Furniture manufacturer Hans Lensvelt and Maarten Baas presented the 101 Stoel there, a design by Baas which can be manufactured in large quantities, even though each chair is different. The variety in form, format of the back and the various colours ensure that each chair is unique. Baars & Bloemhoff entered into collaborations with designers for the second time. Six designers were given the opportunity to experiment with their existing materials and products, which resulted in a breathtaking presentation.

Fresh and established talent
Gallery owner Rossana Orlandi has for many years been inviting Thomas Eyck to show the exceptional results that spring from his commissions in her gallery at Via Matteo Bandello. This year Eyck presented Alegría van der Zande and Studio Brynjar & Veronika, with works that put nature in the spotlight. Every year Orlandi’s gallery attracts a convivial hustle and bustle of international press and well-heeled visitors who are interested in the latest work of the exhibitors. Orlandi and her team selected fresh as well as established Dutch talent, this year including work by Floris Wubben, Siba Sahabi, Karel van Laere and Piet Hein Eek.

In the same street, just a stone’s throw from Rossana Orlandi, Guus Kusters and Maarten Kolk strove to attract just a limited public with a somewhat deviant approach. They rented a Milanese apartment and invited a select company of guests, so they could take the time and space to show their work and enter into conversation with their visitors.
Presentation Dutch Invertuals in Isola

The collective behind Dutch Invertuals was in attendance once again. In Isola we spoke to the designers about their teamwork methodology and the exceptional collaborations that they foster.

Following a successful presentation during the Design Week in Eindhoven in 2016, the Dutch-Italian architect duo behind Studio Ossidiana (Alessandra Covini and Tomas Dirrix) brought their Petrified Carpets to the attention of an international public at one of the 5VIE locations.

Studio Ossidiana (Alessandra Covini and Tomas Dirrix) showed their Petrified Carpets

International allure
The massive international public means that the Milan design week is the ideal place to establish contact with the industry, press and colleagues with ease. Each district or location has a distinctive character that presents specific opportunities. The Dutch designers make well-founded choices and take strategic advantage of the opportunities for the international development of their practices. The presentations showcase the diversity of Dutch design and its superb quality.

In late 2016 the Fund selected 12 design studios for support via an Open Call. This contribution enables them to present their work in Milan in an exemplary manner. And with success! The Foundation presentation by Formafantasma won the Milan Design Award 2017 for Press Choice as well as an award for Best Technology.

Stands at the SaloneSatellite. Image: Ilco Kemmere
Presentation by Earnest Studio. Image: Ilco Kemmere
Bezoekers at the stand of David Derksen Design. Image: Ilco Kemmere
Image: Ilco Kemmere
Image: Ilco Kemmere

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26 Oct: Machines of Freedom | an event on the Venice Architecture Biennale

26 October 2017

What will the future of labor look like? How will disruptive changes in labor ethos and conditions influence spatial configurations, living conditions, and notions of the human body? How can new forms of creativity and responsibility within the architectural field respond to emerging technologies of automation? Floris Alkemade, Lara Schrijver and Marina Otero Verzier will start a conversation around the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE and the ambitions for the 2018 Dutch Pavilion, commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut at the 16th Venice Biennale for Architecture, that will be held 24 May to 25 November 2018.
The event marks the start of a conversation on the theme WORK, BODY, LEISURE and the overall theme of the Biennale FREESPACE, that addresses the relation between architecture and society. Stretching out before, during and beyond the Biennale the conversations mark a committed collaboration between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL to endorse Dutch designers and researchers in the field of architecture to an international audience. It serves to launch the first of three Open Calls, jointly organized by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Creative Industries Fund NL, in order to select projects for the extended public program of the Dutch Pavilion in 2018.

program outline:
10.30h: Doors open
11.00h: Welcome by Syb Groeneveld, Director Creative Industries Fund NL, and Guus Beumer, Director Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Marina Otero Verzier, Head of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and Curator of the Dutch Pavilion 2018, reflects on WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the theme for the 2018 Dutch Pavilion and its response to the theme for this year’s Venice Biennale FREESPACE.
Keynote speaker Floris Alkemade on how urban policies could respond to or anticipate labor conditions triggered by technological developments.
Keynote speaker Lara Schrijver on Constant’s New Babylon and utopian architectural imaginaries.
Conversation about the theme of the Venice Biennale for Architecture and the Dutch Pavilion in 2018 between Marina Otero Verzier, Floris Alkemade and Lara Schrijver.
Further information and Q&A on the Open Calls by Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL for participation at the Venice Biennale for Architecture in 2018.

date & location
Thursday 26 October 2017, 11.00 – 13.00 (doors open 10.30)
Embassy of Urban Transformation, during Dutch Design Week 2017
Temporary Art Centre (TAC), Eindhoven
Talk is in English

Please register here if you want to reserve your free spot for this event in Temporary Art Centre (TAC).

In No Particular Order @ Dutch Design Week 2017

2 October 2017

During Dutch Design Week 2017, Creative Industries Fund NL is presenting the new group of designers, artists and architects who received a Talent Development over the last year. They are collectively making a statement about contemporary design practice in nine installations under the title In No Particular Order, on show at the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven from 21 to 29 October 2017.
RSVP opening
The Creative Industries Fund NL invites you to the opening of the exhibition In No Particular Order on Saturday 21 October, 3pm at the Van Abbemuseum. Please send your RSVP per e-mail via [email protected], citing ‘Opening’.

The nine installations in the Van Abbe Museum reflect on the themes: Attitude, Inspiration, Habitat, Representation, Money, Fortune, Language, Discourse and Market. Curator Jules van den Langenberg, who is himself a participant in this year’s Talent Development Programme: ‘This presentation is a collective portrait that offers reflection in practical, poetic and critical ways on the multiform contemporary working practices of a young generation of designers.’

Another side of design practice
All of the 33 participating designers provided input with conceptual as well as physical contributions such as sketches, prototypes and sources of inspiration. Van den Langenberg then invited nine progressive thinkers and makers from various fields to produce an installation based on these collections. The exhibition’s curator deliberately sought a museum context for the presentation: ‘Instead of showing completed projects or finished products by designers, in the cellar of the Van Abbe Museum we are showing another side of design practice.’

Reflections on design practice
Every day from 11:00 to 12:00 there are meetings in the exhibition space, at which the participating designers, professionals from the field and other interested parties will enter into discussion about one of the exhibition’s nine themes. There are (limited) seats available.

participating designers and makers
Alissa + Nienke (Alissa van Asseldonk and Nienke Bongers), Amy Suo Wu, Isabelle Andriessen, Paula Arntzen, Atelier Frank Verkade, Marjan van Aubel, Christiaan Bakker, Mariska de Groot, Max Dovey, Ting Gong, Rudy Guedj, Sophie Hardeman, Chrissie Houtkooper, Ruiter Janssen, Elisa van Joolen, Jules van den Langenberg, Yaolan Luo, Simone C. Niquille, Kirstie van Noort, Simone Post, Roomforthoughts (Jennifer Kanary Nikolov), Benjamin Sporken, Studio Amir Avraham, Studio Iwan Pol, Studio RAP (Wessel van Beerendonk, Léon Spikker and Lucas ter Hall), Studio Truly Truly (Joel Booy and Kate Booy), PWS studio, SulSolSal (Johannes Bernard and Guido Giglio), Thomas Trum, Janna Ullrich, Dieter Vandoren and Giuditta Vendrame.

talent development programme
Talent development is one of Creative Industries Fund NL’s six key objectives. Every year an independent committee selects about 30 highly promising designers/makers to receive a year-long stipend of €25,000. These designers must have graduated within the last four years and be active within the diverse disciplines of the creative industries, from fashion design to graphic design, from architecture to digital culture. The stipend and accompanying programme are intended to facilitate the artistic and professional development of these individuals. The Fund has been showcasing this programme and its participants during Dutch Design Week since 2014. Click here for more information on the Talent Development Grant.

practical info
In No Particular Order: 21–29 October 2017, 11:00–18:00 daily, admission free. Van Abbemuseum (the Studio), Bilderdijklaan 10, Eindhoven.

Click here for press info

Architects vs. Rest of the World

22 September 2017

New Generations, a festival aimed at creating a European network for young architects and urban planners, is being held in Rome from 24 to 26 September. New in this year’s edition is a series of interviews with 14 established Italian and Dutch architects, with the aim of fostering a sharing of expertise between two generations. We talked to founder and curator Gianpiero Venturini about the initiative.
Could you tell us more about this edition’s theme?
‘This is the 4th edition of the New Generations Festival, which is focusing on the relationship between architects and other disciplines. From this relationship comes the (provocative) title of the festival: ‘Architects VS Rest of the World’. Each day of the festival will be organized around a different topic: Urban Vocabulary & Public Space, New Economy & Values, and Digital Infrastructure & New Media. Previous editions of the New Generations Festival have focused on these themes separately. This year we will look at them in relation to each other. All topics are strictly connected to each other and together provide an overview of the role of the architect in today’s society: the reactivation of the public space, in collaboration with citizens, public and private parties, is strictly connected to the introduction of new economic models (and values). And the digital world and technological innovations represent an important tool that is adding a new layer of complexity to our cities, influencing the way we live, experience and participate in the daily renovation of the public space.’

‘It’s promising to see that this initiative – strengthening an international network of a new generation – has come from within, from the new generation itself, not from an institution.’ -
Secretary of Internationalization, Zineb Seghrouchni

For the festival you interviewed 14 illustrious architects. How did you tackle this?
‘I had the pleasure of meeting some of the interesting established firms worldwide, having the opportunity to talk with Kees Christiaanse (KCAP), Francine Houben (Mecanoo), Caroline Bos (UNStudio), Stefano Boeri (Boeri Architects), Mario Cucinella (Cucinella Architects) and others. This series of interviews aims to understand how the architect’s profession is changing, gathering the points of view of a selection of Dutch and Italian practices that have great experience to share, through an internationally recognized career path.

‘I structured each interview in three sections, presenting the same set of questions for each practice. I was interested in understanding some of the conditions underlying the success of these professional practices. Through a first biographical inquiry (PAST), then going through an analysis of the conditions that characterize the approach of the practice (PRESENT), and continuing through a speculation about the future of architecture over the next 15 to 20 years (FUTURE). Each interview was quite different from the previous one, but they are even more interesting when we look at them together.’
Gianpiero Venturini interviewing Stefano Boeri

‘Each interview was quite surprising, but their answers highlighted a certain distance from what is actually happening today in relation to the new generations of architects.’ - Gianpiero Venturini

What impression did the interviews leave you with?
‘Mario Cucinella from Bologna, for example, has a really interesting and pragmatic vision on new technologies and their potential in relation to architecture. Next to that he has one of the most amazing offices I’ve ever seen! Kees Christiaanse (KCAP), on the other hand, has a great capacity to explain difficult concepts with simple words, which is something uncommon but really important in our field. Plus, he shared great anecdotes about the period he was working with Rem Koolhaas. And what was interesting with Stefano Boeri and Cino Zucchi, both located in Milan, is that they have a great cultural background. It was quite inspiring to listen to their stories, influences and encounters.

‘Each interview was quite surprising, but their answers highlighted a certain distance from what is actually happening today in relation to the new generations of architects. The impression I had, most of all, is that they are not able to understand the issues that affect the new generation of designers and how they are actually looking for new ways to rethink the profession.’

You’ve made us really curious. Where can we read the interviews?
‘We are planning to share a few excerpts during the event in Rome to use them as inspiration and provide another point of view to the involved experts during the festival. The final version of the interviews will be published on the website and social channels of Itinerant Office and New Generations, one every week, by the end of October.’

The New Generation Festival was supported this year via the Grant Programme of Internationalization.

Interview preperations at Kees Christiaanse (KCAP)

Picture above: Gianpiero Venturini by Sara Lopez Camus


Festival Overview: Autumn 2017

22 September 2017

It’s September and the festival season is open! With the Grant Programme for Festivals the Fund is supporting festivals in the realms of architecture, design and digital culture. ‘As free spaces for experimentation and research, festivals play an important part in the development of these disciplines,’ the programme’s deputy secretary Marieke Ladru explains. ‘Festivals also rouse interest in the design disciplines, often succeed in attracting target groups new and old in original ways, and propagate intriguing crossovers within and beyond the creative industries.’
This autumn the following festivals are on the agenda, with support from this grant programme:

TodaysArt 2017
An international festival for contemporary visual arts, technology, science and digital culture, TodaysArt is being held over the weekend of 22 and 23 September around Het Nationale Toneel theatre in The Hague. Besides the club programme and panel discussions, the schedule includes a wide-ranging selection of national and international makers, performers and filmmakers: Gazelle Twin, HORDE, Midori Takada, Femke Herregraven, Tarik Barri, Dmitry Gelfland & Evelina Domnitch, Jonas Lund, Simone C Niquille and LP DUO. website

Graphic Matters
The sixth edition of Graphic Matters is being held in Breda from 22 September to 22 October. This year the festival focuses on revealing the social engagement of graphic designers. The programme includes a number of freely accessible interventions in public space alongside exhibitions and workshops that afford greater depth. The line-up includes graphic activist Klaus Staeck (DE), (NL), Jani Leinonen (FI), Tactical Magic (USA) and Ganzeer (EG). website

The Afrovibes Festival runs from 28 September to 9 October at a range of venues in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague. Taking the theme ‘Fragile Freedom’, this arts festival brings contemporary theatre/dance productions and spoken word performances – complemented for the last three years by applied arts and design – from Africa to the Netherlands. The festival’s curator Cathal McKee has devised a new ‘design and creative arts’ programmatic angle that focuses on exchange and interaction between artists and designers from the worlds of fashion, graphic design, illustration and theatre. website
Today's Art Festival

On 5 and 6 October you can visit the PLAYGROUNDS conference and festival at the Klokgebouw (Clock Building) in Eindhoven. A must for fans of animation, film and digital media, the PLAYGROUNDS programme includes a conference, exhibitions, performances, film screenings, workshops, masterclasses and an awards ceremony. website

Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam 2017
From 4 to 8 October, film-lovers can attend the ninth edition of Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival’s main theme is ‘City for Sale – The City as Investment Model’, zooming in on the visible consequences of international flows of capital that wend their way into investments in real estate. website

ADE Sound Lab
Since 2015 the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) has been organizing a three-day programme about sound, art and technology under the title ADE Sound Lab, which this year runs from 18 to 22 October. The programme focuses on experimentation and innovation in the fields of sound, sound synthesis, and visualizations of light and sound. ADE Sound Lab encompasses lectures, workshops, audiovisual installations and performances. Thanks to the Open Call: ADE Sound Lab that was issued by the Fund in the spring, 12 designers have the opportunity to present their work. website

Cross Comix
Cross Comix Rotterdam, to be found at venues including the Rotterdamse Schouwburg theatre from 16 to 25 October, is a festival that showcases crossovers between comic strips and various other artistic disciplines. The crossovers being focused on in this edition involve the performing arts, literature, film, transmedia and visual art. The followings participants have already been announced: Aimée de Jongh, David Van Reybrouck, Fresku, Ilah, Jan Terlouw Junior, Judith Uytelinde, Mohammed Benzakour and Paul Faassen. website

ROBOT LOVE Living Lab (during DDW)
During the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven from 21 to 29 October, Stichting Niet Normaal (the ‘Not Normal Foundation’) is organizing an event about the role of technology in relation to topical social themes. The content of the programme components dovetail with the eponymous exhibition that will be staged in Eindhoven in 2018. A test environment where human and robot can get acquainted in a loving way is being developed in collaboration with The Army of Love collective, the Universities of Technology in Delft, Eindhoven and Twente, FNV union, the Universities of Tilburg and Utrecht, and Summa College Eindhoven.

Impakt Festival
From 25 to 29 October you can visit the Impakt Festival 2017 in Utrecht. This year’s theme is ‘Haunted Machines & Wicked Problems’, an analysis of our relationship with technology based on magic, myths and monsters: ‘The more complex our technological landscape becomes, the more often we fall back on old notions in order to understand our relationships to systems and machines.’ With its programme Impakt aims to demystify existing ideas and suggest ways in which magic and the mystical can be employed as metaphors in art, activism and a critical approach to technology. The organization is working with British curators Natalie Kane and Tobias Revell on the further development of the theme and programme. Confirmed speakers are Adam Curtis, Warren Ellis, Legacy Russell and Anab Jain. website

The deadline for submitting proposals for the Grant Programme for Festivals second round is 4 October 2017.


Picture above: Graphic Matters


Three Open Calls Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

21 September 2017

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL present a partnership that seeks to support designers and advance knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the 16th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, which will be held from 24 May until 30 November 2018.
The two institutions will join forces to maximize the potentials of the international stage that the Venice Architecture Biennale offers for the creative industries, using it as a catalyst for a long-term conversation on the relation between architecture and society. This conversation reflects on FREESPACE, the theme defined by the general curators of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. (For more information on FREESPACE click here.

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL will launch together an Open Call for the extended program of the Dutch Pavilion and a series of conversations around its theme, WORK, BODY, LEISURE. In addition to the joint open call, Creative Industries Fund NL will issue two more Open Calls for projects in relation to FREESPACE, the general theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_is launched on 21 September 2017 by Het Nieuwe Instituut, commissioner of the Dutch Pavilion, in partnership with Creative Industries Fund NL, for participation in the extended program for the Dutch Pavilion. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect upon and respond to the theme of the Dutch Pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE. The selected projects will be presented, as part of its extended program, alongside the work of the curatorial team, contributors, and associated institutions. (For more information on WORK, BODY, LEISURE click here).

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2_is launched on 21 September 2017 by Creative Industries Fund NL for the development of Dutch initiatives and projects in one of the main locations of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, including the Arsenale and the Giardini. Researchers and designers in the field of architecture are invited to submit proposals that reflect upon and respond to FREESPACE, the general theme of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3_will be launched in February 2018 by Creative Industries Fund NL for the presentation of projects in one of the main locations of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. This call will provide individuals with presentation budget for proposals that reflect upon and respond to the general theme FREESPACE.

Click here for the three Open Calls:
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #1_Extended program Dutch Pavilion
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #2_Development budget main locations
Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale #3_Presentation budget main locations

This grant procedure with three Open Calls is the only opportunity to receive a grant from Creative Industries Fund NL for participation in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018

The series of conversations around the general theme FREESPACE and the theme of the Dutch Pavilion, WORK, BODY, LEISURE, will kick off with the event Machines of Freedom on 26 October 2017 at Temporary Art Centre Eindhoven, during Dutch Design Week. (For more information click here)
Opening Nederlands Paviljoen tijdens Architectuur Biennale 2014, Foto Simone Ferraro, Het Nieuwe Instituut 2014

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New Generations, a festival aimed at creating a European network for young architects and urban planners, is being held in Rome from 24 to 26 September. New in this year’s edition is a series of int... more >
It’s September and the festival season is open! With the Grant Programme for Festivals the Fund is supporting festivals in the realms of architecture, design and digital culture. ‘As free spaces f... more >
Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL present a partnership that seeks to support designers and advance knowledge in the field of architecture before, during and after the 16th Internat... more >
During Dutch Design Week 2017, Creative Industries Fund NL is presenting the new group of designers, artists and architects who received a Talent Development over the last year. They are collectively ... more >