Open today in Milan, the exhibition 50 by Design Academy Eindhoven at Studio Zeta. We look at some of the best projects from 2011 on show in anticipation of the new work to be unveiled from current students – can’t wait to see what these will be!
Timemaps by Vincent Meertens looks at distance by time in the train rather than kilometres to map cities in the Netherlands. For his map of Eindhoven, for example, distances to other cities in the country are relatively small compared to the distance to an outlying country village. Distances shrink in rush hour and enlarge at night due to the varying train services.
Lucas Mullié set up a pop-up restaurant in a terraced house in Eindhoven and decided to rework the left-over food into preserved items – preserved without the use of freezers or fridges. Lucas began experimenting with other age-old techniques such as drying, curing or adding sugar. These evolved into large, edible thin layers that satisfy the eye as well as the palate. Paper-thin slices of dried rhubarb stems resemble a beautiful wood veneer edged with subtle pink accents and sprats assembled on a flat, salt bed look as if they have been freshly excavated from an archaeological site.’
Sabine Marcelis features in the last issue of our ARTS THREAD magazine with her updated home-brewing system that takes the wine-making kit out of the garage and into the living room as pride of place.
Hikaru Imamura‘s Novel Hospital Toys are childrens’s educational learning aids to explain hospital procedures and treatments, designed in pale wood with brightly-coloured accents.
Elvan Otgen was one of 10 designers ARTS THREAD took to Who’s Next this January and we are pleased to see her textile work on show again here in Milan.
Thomas Maincent‘s Spider Farm creates a wonderful golden silk yarn, woven by Madagascar silk spiders. The silk yarn is five times stronger than steel of the same thickness and also remains elastic. The bio-farm ‘would mimic the natural setting in which the spiders live in the wild; supplying them with everything they need to allow humans to harvest their silk. So far, such industrial-scale harvesting has never been accomplished, partly owing to the cannibalistic nature of the spiders. The bio-factory can be viewed as a tribute to nature’s own, super-efficient silk manufacturers – the spiders themselves.’
50 by Design Academy Eindhoven runs from April 17-22 at Studio Zeta, Milan.