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19. November 2014

If they won’t do it, who will? – Rickard Engstrom

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In our seventh and last report about design in the Netherlands: Rickard Engstrom. Rickard just quit his job. And he’s overjoyed about it. Swedish Rickard Engstrom always tried to have an impact with whatever job he did. But his former jobs didn’t give him the satisfaction of improving anything, nor did his recent job in advertising. It was in pursuit of his advertisement career that he moved to Amsterdam, but to Rickard, advertising was still too much about “flogging the product, no matter how you do it”. He still didn’t feel like making any impact. That’s why he quit. Sustainability is getting bigger and bigger, according to Rickard, and more people are growing aware of it. But he wonders whether it has become more important for designers as well. After all, it’s up to designer and artists to take responsibility for finding new sustainable ways of doing things, Rickard says, “because if they don’t, who will?”

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

If they won’t do it, who will? – Rickard Engstrom from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
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13. November 2014

Garden Mania – Desirée Hammen

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Desirée Hammens creative community garden is the focus of our sixth report on Dutch design. When Strijp-S, a former industrial site in Eindhoven, was opened to the public, designer Desirée Hammen knew what she had to do: to garden. The new inhabitants of the industrial site didn’t have a garden and didn’t know each other, and that is exactly what Desirée wanted to change. So she built Garden Mania: a creative community garden project. With her garden she raises awareness about health issues, and about the question where food actually comes from. It’s a place where new projects can grow and develop, and where creativity and sustainability are the main focus. But most of all, it’s a place where people can meet each other. After all, sustainability means taking care of the earth and of each other.

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

Garden Mania – Desirée Hammen from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
desireehammen.nl

5. November 2014

Designing for the other 90% – Luc van Hoeckel & Pim van Baarsen

by Susanne    Filed under: Amsterdam,Design,Research Reports,VIDEOSComments Off on Designing for the other 90% – Luc van Hoeckel & Pim van Baarsen

In our fifth video report: young social designers Luc van Hoeckel and Pim van Baarsen. Why work for the meager 10% who can afford to buy design, if you can also make a difference for the other 90%? That is what product designers Luc van Hoeckel and Pim van Baarsen are aiming for. Solving problems and making life easier is what makes work interesting for these designers. Since Europe is already awash with designers, they venture to developing countries to find creative solutions for local problems. Exchanging knowledge and cooperation are central in their style of work. According to them, sustainability is coming towards our current needs without harming future generations. Designers have the task to explain to consumers what the word ‘sustainability’ actually means, now that is has become such a popular word.

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

Designing for the other 90% – Luc van Hoeckel & Pim van Baarsen from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
lucvanhoeckel.nl/pimvanbaarsen.com

29. October 2014

The new modernism – Willa Stoutenbeek

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In the fourth part of our research about Dutch design: Willa Stoutenbeek. After ten years of working in the fashion industry, Willa Stoutenbeek was fed up with its superficiality and started focusing on sustainability. She founded W.Green: a creative communication agency for sustainable fashion and lifestyle. To her, it is important that the brands and products she works are driven to improve things. Relevance is her key word: if a product is useable, high quality and esthetical it’s relevant and therefore sustainable. Willa sees sustainability as the new modernism and relevance as its criteria. Since it is hard to make a product that is 100% sustainable, you need to focus on the steps where you can make a difference, she thinks. “After all, it is possible to make a difference if you reunite and collectively decide that you don’t accept the things as they happen.”

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam. You can read more about the research in the Art Intervention designreport (ENG) by Amal Al Haag.

The new modernism – Willa Stoutenbeek from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
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22. October 2014

Young designers vs. big companies – Michael Schoner

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Already the third report from our Dutch design research. Today a different voice from 3D designer Michael Schoner. Living in a throw-away society, nothing is designed to last a long time. Does it even matter? Architect turned 3D designer Michael Schoner doubts it. He is German but has been living in Amsterdam for nine years now. In his designs, he explores anything that has to do with 3D, geometry, rhythm or space. Sustainability is not one of his priorities; in fact, he even challenges the idea that young designers can oppose the big companies that set the rules of the industry. Michael Schoner himself for example has designed one chair that is being produced by a sustainable company, but he wonders whether that really makes a difference. The big companies produce so much compared to the young sustainable designers, that it isn’t worth it to take on the “big boys”.

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

Young designers vs. big companies – Michael Schoner from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
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16. October 2014

Re-imagining Design Processes – Borre Akkersdijk

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Today, we are bringing you the second report from our Design research with wunderkind Borre Akkersdijk. How a product comes into being is the single most important thing, according to the designer. Besides the final product itself, of course. That is why his design process doesn’t start with “buying nice fabric and cutting a pattern,” but way before: with the way the product is made. Borre then tackles every step of the production process himself, from the machine, the material to the final creation. Even though sustainability isn’t the very first thing that occupies him when he is designing, it is something he always bears in mind. According to Borre, sSustainability should be considered normal in the production process: “As a designer, you can raise awareness that sustainability should in fact be considered that way: as a normal component of the design process.”

In the beginning of 2015 Coolpolitics/Lokaalmondiaal will be curating an extensive program on design and sustainability in Amsterdam.

Re-imagining Design Processes – Borre Akkersdijk from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.
byborre.com

8. October 2014

Art Intervention: a report form the cross section of Design & Sustainability

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In the first months of 2014, Coolpolitics has researched the trends, developments and needs from designers around sustainability. We read a lot, visited artists, exhibition and events, and interviewed several designers and artists about the role of designers, their (social) responsibility, the definition and complexity of sustainability as a theme, reuse and upcycling, and the Amsterdam (and Dutch) design community.

With leading artists and designers such as Borre Akkersdijk, Renny Ramakers, Michael Schoner and Marjanne van Helvert we discussed themes as ‘cooperation and networks’, ‘upcycling playfulness’, social design: message meets product’, and ‘old materials and new methods.’ You can read more about about the research in the Art Intervention designreport (ENG) by Amal Al Haag.

Together with Lokaalmondiaal, we have created a series of videoreports, featuring Marjanne van Helvert, Michael Schoner, Borre Akkersdijk, Luc van Hoeckel & Pim van Baarsen, Rickard Engström, Willa Stoutenbeek and Desiree Hammen, where we explore the developments and challenges on the cross section of Design and Sustainability. The coming weeks, we will publish these videoreports here on the WTD blog. We start with textile designer and cultural theorist Marjanne van Helvert, discussing mass produced fashion, artisan methods, the re-use of materials, and her manifesto Dirty Design.

Dirty Design – Marjanne van Helvert from What’s the deal? on Vimeo.

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