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Salone del Mobile 2017 in retrospect
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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.
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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.

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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.

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

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Selection Open Call Interior & Interdisciplinarity

29 November 2018

Expertise from various disciplines and the involvement of different users and participants in spatial design assignments will lead to designs that are accessible to a wide public. With this in mind, the Fund is supporting four projects for interiors. All four are based on an urgent issue and an interdisciplinary approach.
In response to our Open Call Interior & Interdisciplinarity, 23 applications were submitted. Advisers Aslı Çiçek, Lyndsey Housden and Theun Mosk selected proposals that all offer a different development of the inclusiveness theme by focusing on a specific spatial typology and that explore accessibility for specific target groups.

selection
‘Ademruimte’ (Breathing space) by Beer van Geer is a research project in which designers, architects and healthcare workers would like to develop a public space for calm, contemplation and silence. In ‘Spaces of Otherness’, Afaina de Jong uses theory and practice to look for an alternative architectural language for public spaces that does justice to cultural diversity, different identities and history. Siba Sahabi applies a multicultural approach to researching waiting areas in hospitals and improving the waiting experience. Finally, under the name ‘De-Market’, FUNC researches the market as a place for the daily activities of socially vulnerable people, an environment where they can get to know different crafts and people.

The selection of these four research projects has yielded the breadth and depth that the Fund was aiming for. Various disciplines within the creative industry are represented and steps are being taken towards solutions for urgent issues, devised from the perspective of the interior.

criteria
The proposals submitted were assessed against the criteria set out in the text of the open call. Selection took place on the basis of the degree of relevance and urgency of the assignment, the quality of the planned approach, including the expertise involved, the degree of innovation and the artistic quality of the work of the designers involved. The advisers also assessed the consistency of the project plans.

reason for the open call
The interior as a subject lies at the interface between the disciplines and grant programmes of Architecture and Design. In order to do greater justice to this subject and to assess the proposals within their own framework, the Open Call Interior & Interdisciplinarity is making funding available for exemplary research projects originating from an integral design approach to the interior. The aim is to stop considering interior as the last link in the process, but instead to stimulate design from the inside out.

reflection
Inclusiveness is a central theme in this call. This aspect has therefore been taken into account in the selection of proposals. When issuing the call, particular attention was paid to the breadth of the term ‘accessibility’, whereby the applicants themselves could give substance to the theme of inclusiveness. The proposals submitted demonstrate the broad scope of the subject and underline the fact that the interior is the scale at which the user or participant directly identifies with their environment. A number of proposals are explicitly aimed at designing a more inclusive living environment or designing for other target groups, where different conditions apply when developing a good interior. The selected proposals also represent this diversity in their approach to the topic; room is additionally provided for research into inclusion at a social, cultural and societal level.

to be continued in 2019
In view of the great interest in the subject before, during and after the open call deadline, and considering the great potential the advisors noted in many proposals, the Fund would like to issue the call again in the coming year. In the new version of the call, the opportunity will also be given to starting designers to develop themselves in initiating a research plan. So in addition to a research grant, a variant of a starting grant will be available in the next call for proposals. The Fund can utilize this call to focus on the professionalization process and the development of the talent base working in interior and spatial design. Keep an eye on our newsletter and website for updates.

Photo above: Siba Sahabi by Annemarijne Bax

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Open Call Turkey, Russia, Egypt, Morocco #2

27 November 2018

Creative Industries Fund NL is calling on designers, makers, curators and cultural organizations in the Netherlands to submit a plan for a project that deploys design for sustainable and inclusive societies. The open call invites cultural parties to join forces with a local partner to turn their minds to a topical issue, observation or development in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco. The project should entail an egalitarian collaboration between the parties.
The rapid growth of cities is a topic that is relevant in the four countries that the open call is focusing on, resulting in new relationships between street culture, identity and public space, as well as between the city and the countryside. The appropriation of the city by various parties – grassroots and top-down, public and private, established and emerging – takes a diversity of forms, in the physical as well as the virtual domain. Designers are being asked to put topical themes that relate to the city, its surroundings and users on the agenda, to question them or propose solutions. This calls for cross-disciplinary and context-sensitive collaborations at the interface of culture, new media, technology, craft, society and the new economy.

collaboration
The project team (of Dutch and local partners) adopts a standpoint concerning sustainable and inclusive societies within the theme that the project focuses on. The plan provides insight into how and why various stakeholders will be involved with the project. Projects can take a diversity of forms, from artistic, speculative or design-based research to the implementation of a pilot, intervention or campaign. The perspective of Turkish, Russian, Egyptian or Moroccan parties is crucial and should be embedded in the project.

focus
This is a follow-up to the first series of Open Calls focused on these four countries that the Fund issued previously. As a result of findings concerning the first series of open calls, the Fund is more emphatically seeking for projects that relate to disciplines in the fields of design and digital culture, as well as every possible crossover.

submissions
Projects can be submitted from 1 December 2018 to 21 January 2019 via Creative Industries Fund NL’s online application environment.

informative meet-up
Come to our meet-up on Thursday, 6 December at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. International speakers from the four countries will talk about their design practices and about relationships between street culture, identity, appropriation of public space, and new relationships between city and countryside. There is also the opportunity to ask the Fund’s staff any questions you may have about the open call. Register here.

more information
Find more information about the Open Call here.

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6 Dec: Meet-up Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco

25 November 2018

Are you interested in undertaking a collaborative project in Turkey, Russia, Egypt or Morocco? Come to our meet-up on Thursday, 6 December at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Within its Internationalization programme, Creative Industries Fund NL has issued a second open call for design projects to contribute to more inclusive cities and societies in these four countries. The purpose of the afternoon is to present information about the open call, gain insight into relevant themes, share experiences of working in these countries, and provide the opportunity to explore collaborative projects in these countries.
International speakers from the four countries will talk about their design practices and about relationships between street culture, identity, appropriation of public space, and new relationships between city and countryside. What do they think is needed for reciprocal cooperation in these contexts?

There is also the opportunity to ask the Fund’s staff any questions you may have about the open call.

Hassnae Bouazza will moderate a discussion with the following international guests:

Oleg Khadartsev and Zhanna Guzenko - Fridaymilk
Fridaymilk is an independent collective in Murmansk. Creative director Oleg and curator and journalist Zhanna are contributing to developments in culture and media around the Arctic Circle. They use media content, workshops and cultural events to generate attention for the concept of ‘cultural decentralization’. They bring together the experiences of culture in major cities and outlying areas. Fridaymilk showcases novel ideas, tells life stories and promotes the dialogue between artists, curators and young people about the current meaning of life in Russia’s far north.

Haytham Nawar and Bahia ShebabCairotronica Festival and teaching at American University, Cairo
Haytham is the founder of the Cairo Electronic and New Media Arts Festival, an international hub for digital culture in the Middle East. Bahia regards street art as a vehicle for discussing socially critical subjects in the streets of Cairo. She is researching the thousand ways that the word ‘no’ can be written in Arabic. Bahia is the first Arabic woman to receive the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.

Nagehan Kurali Alan - Design In Situ and the Nerdworking collective
Nagehan is a co-founder of Design In Situ, a design studio in Istanbul that combines interaction, animation and visual design. The studio has a passion for the creation of digital experiences and environments to tell unknown stories. In her work Nagehan concentrates on projections and interaction design in urban spaces.

Kenza Benbouchaib - Kulte Center for contemporary art and editions
Kenza Benbouchaib is a cultural operator and deputy director of Kulte Center for contemporary art and editions in Rabat. Kulte is an alternative cultural platform, with the mission to promote contemporary art through exhibitions, publications and artistic events. Her current practice examines the modalities and potentialities of curating to institute otherwise and explore new languages of collectivity.

Moderator Hassnae Bouazza is a journalist, columnist, translator and programme producer. In 2015 she received the Arouwad Award in Beirut for her work about the Arab world.
practical information

date: Thursday, 6 December
time: doors open at 13:00; 13:30 – 18:00, incl. drinks. Programme starts at 1.30pm
venue: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Museumpark 25, Rotterdam
language: English

registration
Registrations are closed.
Please e-mail any questions to Yasmin Kursun, the Fund’s Grants Officer for Internationalization.

open call
You can read more about the objectives, criteria and application procedure for the Open Call: Turkey, Russia, Egypt and Morocco #2 (deadline 21 January 2019). This is a follow-up to the initial series of Open Calls focused on these four countries, which Creative Industries Fund NL issued in early 2018.

Photo above: Khalid Amakran

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New online application environment in 2019

15 November 2018

The Fund is working on the renewal of the online application environment. The new ‘apply online’ will be live from 1 January 2019, and the environment will be open for new applications. Until then, the online application environment is only accessible for vouchers, the first round of design and for current open calls.
The launch of the new application environment has no impact on the applications for vouchers and open calls. These can be done in the current environment. The next round of the Grant Programme for Design, which closes on 23 January, will also still be open in the current environment. During the application period we will switch to the new system. Applications that have already been submitted will not be lost when switching to the new application environment.

preparation
The next round of the Grant Programmes for Architecture, Digital Culture and Internationalization will be opened in the new application environment only. The closing date for this round is 6 February. Applications for these grant programmes can of course be prepared already. This means that you can already get to work on drawing up the project plan. To do this, read the Grant Application Guide (PDF) which explains how to draw up a project plan, presentation and communication plan, and budget. Explore the Subsidy Regulations (PDF) and the official text of the grant programme for which you wish to submit an application. This can be found under the tab ‘preparing the application’ for each programme on the website.

Compared to the current system, the new online application environment is simpler to use. Procedures remain virtually the same and all the functionality of the current application system has been retained. We will keep you informed of any changes to your login details.
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Open Call Space for Talent

30 October 2018

The Creative Industries Fund NL invites architects, designers and makers to submit a proposal for research, an experiment or development of new knowledge within a practical environment, such as a lab, development site or workplace. With this call, the Fund aims to enable designers to create an environment together with a partner, where joint experimentation, the establishment of new relationships and the sharing of knowledge are central.
This open call has ended.

set-up of the call
The Creative Industries Fund NL is making € 200,000 available for this open call. The maximum contribution per project is € 25,000. The conditions for support are that there is a new collaboration between a maker and a partner that is able to facilitate a practical environment. Depending on the project, the collaborations can vary in form. Examples are research (including material research) within a lab, a residency programme at a knowledge institute, a special collaboration with a development site or experimental research with a partner from the business community.

The subsidy is divided into two parts: € 15,000 is reserved for the maker and € 10,000 for the partner’s facilities and knowledge. The amounts are granted under the conditions of a collaboration agreement that must be submitted no later than 4 weeks after the grant has been awarded. A format for the agreement follows after awarding.

Conditions for eligibility for a contribution are:
- the designer/maker/architect has Dutch nationality or a practice registered in the Netherlands;
- the partner is based in the Netherlands;
- a rationale from the designer that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker, and the added value of the project for the maker’s development;
- motivation for the project, provided by the partner, that provides insight into the relationship between the partner and the maker and the added value of the project for the partner. It also describes the duration and nature of the working period, the facilities, the knowledge and working environment being offered by the partner, the method of collaboration and the intended result;
- there is no question of a regular commissioning relationship between the parties; and
- a form of knowledge-sharing relevant to the project is included at the end of the project.

submission
The application can be submitted until Wednesday 28 November 2018 at the latest.

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