Our reporter Lieke van Wijck selects five projects from among all the interesting and creative designs on show at the Graduation Show of the Design Academy Eindhoven. The exhibition, entitled Our Way, continues until this Sunday.
Firstly we look at a project called Schillenpracht from designer Rianne Koens. Rianne wanted to make a product that used fruit skins, which are normally thrown away in the home. Fruit skins hold a lot of flavour and Rianne notes how it is a waste that this aroma is normally not used at all. Therefore Rianne has designed a series of kitchen products to make their processing easier.
The process begins with the extra fine peeler which removes only the most aromatic intense top layer of the fruit. This is in turn dried on stackable driers. It then can be crushed and sprinkled onto food and drinks using the pestle and perforated bottom, or it can be used to make tea or lime water. Schillenpracht received a lot of attention at the show and has already appeared in ELLE magazine. Rianne is a Melkweg Award nominee and a Keep an Eye Grant winner.
Rianne Koens also designed the Oturakast. Inspired by the hospitality by her Turkish in-laws, she came up with this cabinet, which is an elegant replacement for the stackable stools in western households. Oturakast consist of separate drawers and each drawer has its own foldable legs. Therefore they are easily transformed into chairs for a guest. Oturakast has been nominated for the Brainsaward 2011.
Next we move to the Mine Kafon designed by Massoud Hassani. ‘As a child in Afghanistan Massoud made miniature models to be blown around by the wind. Sometimes they ended up in the minefield where he couldn’t retrieve them. Now he has designed a wind-propelled machine that can undo the threat of mines. Like a giant ball, the Mine Kafon rolls about, detonating all mines in its path.’
Another outstanding project was Me-lo-di by Jeriël Bobbe. Jeriël has designed a range of relief paving stones to create a musical composition. When rolled over by a suitcase, the wheels pass on the vibration through to the suitcase, which acts as a sounding board. The distance between the openings in the paving stones determines the pitch and their depth determines the volume.
The fifth piece that stood out was City Music designed by Akko Goldenbeld. ‘Akko has created a scale model of Eindhoven and assigned to it the role of sound recorder. The buildings create the score. Placed on a revolving wooden cylinder the buildings set the little hammers in motion that play the keys of the piano. Turning and turning the city makes its own voice heard.’ Akko was nominated for the Melkweg Award and the Keep An Eye Grant.
Our Way, Graduation Show, Design Academy Eindhoven continues until this Sunday October 30 2011.
Image credits: photography by Lieke van Wijck