Ten years have passed since the Department of Industrial Design was founded at the Eindhoven University of Technology. To celebrate their anniversary, the University is inviting the general public to come and experience the work of their MA and BA students at ‘ID’11′ during Dutch Design Week.
We were amazed by the ‘Axon’ suit created by BA students Koen Beljaars, Jacqueline van Kampen, Joost Aanen and Marianne den Akker. The superhero suit collects ‘blue energy’ which the wearer can then release on enemies. The suit, which is made from 260 LED lights and 52 magnetic sensors, won the first prize during the TEI’11 Madeira event.
We also liked the ‘Teaseat’, a collaborative project created by Joseb Al Abdeli, Maikel Janssen, Michiel Kersteman and Tim Scheffer. The funny looking chairs aim to discourage inactivity and get youngsters moving. The chairs can be tilted, rotated and bumped into one another prompting action and reaction by the children sitting on them.
MA graduate Jeanine Kierkels showed her final project ‘De blijde gebeurtenis’ which is designed to enhance a woman’s labor and delivery experience whilst in hospital. The aim of the project is to provide women with a more ambient and personal experience whilst giving birth via a smartphone app which prepares women for labor and an interactive light animation in the delivery room.
Finally, we were intrigued by the ‘Adaptive Furniture’ design by MA graduate Niek Otten. The concept behind the design aims to create a seating environment for the user so that it perfectly suits their needs at any given time. The user can withdraw from their surroundings and block out any distractions or engage with their environment.
Dutch Design Week runs from October 22 to 30 2011.
Exhibition photography by Lieke van Wijck