The powerful work of Christien Meinderstma on display @Vitra Design Museum

We know her works with and for Japanese label ARITA or have seen her many experiences with flax or linen, including the brilliant Label/breed Flax chair (picture above). The Vitra Design Museum team were right to dedicate their next exhibition to the works of Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma: "Beyond the Surface", the designer's first solo presentation outside her native country, will focus on her seeing the creation of a product as only one element of the design process. In her unique approach, she explores the mechanisms of modern industrial production, undertaking expeditions to factories and conducting meticulous detective work at waste disposal sites and workshops - while bringing her unquenchable thirst for knowledge to interviews with the protagonists of these adventures. The exhibition focuses on Christien Meindertsma's work with the materials of wool, flax, incinerator bottom ash and recycled wool. On display are projects such as the One Sheep Sweater (2010) - for which she produced garments from the coats of individual sheep - or the Flax Chair (Label/Breed, 2015), an innovative, sustainable piece of furniture made from a now rarely used material, which earned her the New Material Award and the Dutch Design Award in 2016. The exhibition (18 August 2018 until 20 January 2019) at the Vitra Design Museum Gallery will not merely concentrate on finished products, but material samples, prototypes and photographs. A particular focus lies on the production processes behind the completed object, which Meindertsma captures by means of films and publications - a method she refers to as "documentary design". This renders visible how deeply the designer dives into her subject matter, often exploring a topic for long periods of time and positioning one completed project as a launch pad for the next.

Is Food Fiction? Presentation and narrative of food

The Design Museum Den Bosch (The Netherlands) is tempting your tastebuds and challenging your brain with "Food is fiction", on display until October 28th. "Food is fiction" draws on a wealth of designs to provide insight into the role of design for the food industry. It shows the importance of presentation and narrative: from the oldest commercials, iconic packaging for Droste and the first exotic products to culinary science fiction in Star Trek, hand-crafted imitation food from Japan, and the art of the food blog.

25 Years of Dutch Design: Playtime!

In the beautiful city of Utrecht (The Netherlands), the Workshop of Wonders gallery presents "PLAY TIME! 25 Dutch Design Years". The exhibition, which will run until the 2nd of June, marks the 25th anniversary of the place, accordingly echoing 25 years of Dutch Design. Workshop of Wonders chose to spotlight the four Dutch designers who played a main role in both the Dutch design history and the gallery adventure: Ineke Hans, Richard Hutten, Edward van Vliet and Marcel Wanders. As renowned members of the "new generation", Dutch Design duo Daphna Laurens were invited to design the show.

Picasso Museum displays furniture by ECAL design student

Until November 2018, the Musée national Picasso-Paris presents an exhibition of the new benches the iconic museum has acquired, which were created by Isabelle Baudraz, ECAL Bachelor Industrial Design student, and produced by French furniture brand Tectona. Originally introduced during the Milan Design Week, Isabelle Baudraz’s ‘Tie’ bench was designed after ECAL commissioned a group of students and graduates to carry out a study on the seats of fifty museums or so in Europe (Germany, England, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland). The modular Tie bench has been imagined in order to fit the evolving, ever-changing needs of any museum.

Experiment Design Beyond Vision in New York

Can you touch, smell or listen to Design? With “The Senses: Design Beyond Vision”, the Cooper Hewitt museum (New York City) offers an exploration of experimental works and practical solutions designed to inspire wonder and new ways of accessing our world. A scented snowstorm, a furry instrument to play in a “Tactile Orchestra”, the sonic properties of glass and other multisensory experiences (imagined by Christopher Brosius, KunstLAB Arnhem, Studio Roos Meerman, Maya+Rouvelle…) await the visitors. With over 65 design projects and more than 40 objects and installations to touch, hear, and smell, The Senses: Design Beyond Vision (the Cooper Hewitt museum, until October, 28, 2018) is an inclusive celebration of the sensory richness of design.

Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow

Good designers explore how we will, but also how we should live in the future. In an era of unprecedented innovation in science and technology, how do designers respond to the constant paradigm shift in our lives? In 2013, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center organized its first design exhibition, Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow, to explore the heart of this matter, with 12 Hong Kong designers provoking new ideas about lifestyle. Traveling to the National Design Centre in Singapore (16 Jan- 28 Feb.), this smaller-scale exhibition continues this goal with 3 selected designers from the original group of 12 – Nicolas Cheng, Yeung Chin (see above, "Breathe In & Out To Plastic Surgery") and Dylan Kwok. What connects their designs is the common exploration of the (dis)continuation between the current and future ways of living. Cheng acquired the techniques from China to produce a set of cloisonné vessels that reminds the viewers of the encroaching forces of mass production in our age. Yeung’s inflatable garments challenge the society’s dominant formula of skinny-equals-beautiful. Kwok uses his reflective houses and specially made postcards to raise questions related to the boundaries of design and our lives in the future.

“Measuring” in Tokyo: 21_21 Design Sight

Organized by 21_21 Design Sight and the Issey Miyake Foundation, the "Measuring: This much, That much, How much?" exhibition will start in Tokyo, on February 20, 2015. The idea was developed in November 2014, when the members of the Exhibition Team got together to explore all kinds of "Things you can do with 10 people." The results of these experiments are to be published on 21_21 DOCUMENTS. Among the involved designers are Koichi Suzuno (co-founder of Torafu architects and designer of the famous "air vase") and Norihiko Terayama (who founded Studio note after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven and training at Studio Richard Hutten). (…)