Going Dutch

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Back in October, the team at JPA Design visited Dutch Design Week, which is an important event in their calendar for CMF (color, materials, finishes) inspiration and trends research for aircraft interiors. For the duration of this nine-day festival, buildings all over the city of Eindhoven are transformed into exhibition spaces.

At the center of the event is the esteemed Design Academy Eindhoven graduate show, which consistently engages with important themes in design; for the 2015 event the emphasis was on material value and the increasingly blurred line between technology and our social and material needs. We joined the press, industry talent scouts and designers to take in CMF inspiration, and seek out design trends that will impact the airline industry.

Highlights:

Atelier Robotiq use Kevlar, resin and a robotic arm to craft intricate and lightweight structures (pictured below). At the moment they are in the early stages with their explorations into the process, but we’re looking forward to seeing how they develop.

Transitions was an exhibition put on by Dutch materials distributer Baars Bloemhoff. They picked six designers, giving them free reign over their stocked materials to create a new range of furniture. We especially liked this cupboard by Studio Mieke Meijer – the exoskeleton structure is made of oak veneer and is inspired by the construction of airplane wings in the 1900s.

‘No Static’ was the brief to the designers selected to exhibit at Dutch Invertuals. The outcomes were manifestations of research into balance and stability. One of our favorite pieces was this panel by Alissa + Nienke (pictured below), which ripples in response to the slightest changes in surrounding airflow.

Photo credit: Boudewijn Bollmann

Below: This immersive color corridor from Dutch Invertuals, designed by Arnout Meijer, was also interesting in terms of experience design. Photo credit: Ronald Smits

At Design Academy Eindhoven we were excited to see Olivier Van Herpt’s 3D printed ceramic collection (below), which we’d noticed at Milan Design Week earlier this year.

Simone Post also showed striking textiles made using industrial off-cuts and seconds from Dutch wax fabric manufacturer Vlisco.

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