Above: Anne Quakernaat
ARTS THREAD’s Jainy Gans popped along to the ArtEZ graduate degree show in The Netherlands earlier this month. In this post, she selects some of the best projects from the Product Design course.
A recurrent theme that popped up in many graduate projects this year was food and the act of cooking. Anne Quakernaat’s candy coloured Eat Me collection certainly looked good enough to eat! To create the ceramics vessels, Quakernaat filled balloons with wet plaster, shaped them with wire and, once dry, made casts.
Supermarket My Hardware Store by Luuk Wiehink playfully gives new meaning to existing products. He demonstrated that plastic trays can be transformed into toys and plastic bottles can be repurposed and turned into household appliances.
With her Kitchen Lab collection and cookery book, Nienke van de Pol aims to teach people that very common plants and herbs have preventive and curative medical properties. Meanwhile, Casper Tolhuisen transformed flowerpots into a smoke cabinet for his Cooking Applications project.
In the lobby of the second ArtEz building, Jelena van Buuren constructed a large green house full of plants, flowers, dirt and her own pots and vases.
Sharing the space with the green-fingered graduate was Joanne Voorhoeve, whose project Uitgespeelde Ruimte is a tribute to her fascination with toys and her childish sense of adventure.
A Gentleman’s Thing by Steven Visser re-imagined the refined elegance of accessories worn by 19th century dandies and gave them a more raw, unpolished aesthetic.
A designer who also tried to reinvent traditional men’s accessories was Frank Verkade. For his Zoomorf collection he reshaped a signet ring, a backpack, a pair of suspenders and a collar by concentrating on where the human and animal body merge.
Also inspired by the human body, in particular the skin, was Renee Verhoeven. For her Concealed Layers of Product Life she created a series of patterned gloves that represent the primary layers that make human skin.
Working together with Spanish shoemaker Camper, Eric Hullegie focused on the methods of industrial production. For The Shoe Factory Revised, Hullegie followed the traditional shoe making practices used by Camper before adding steps of his own.The result is a fun, futuristic set of shoes.