Last Sunday and Monday we stormed Dutch Design Week 2017 to see what the fuss was all about. We ran crisscross throughout the city of Eindhoven to spot the latest innovations, recruit a Spark or two and dig deeper into this year’s theme, Stretch. Today’s post contains three designs that you definitely shouldn’t miss this year. Check them out!
Relief packages for refugees or those in disaster-stricken areas meet essential needs, containing food and medicine. But there is no room for toys or games – a basic need for children. Or is there? Each food package comes in a cardboard box, which is rarely utilised after the food is taken out. Lisanne Koning decided to think inside the box for a change, creating a range of toys that can be printed onto the cardboard boxes. In this way, the aid boxes are not wasted, but get a new life, brightening the days of the most vulnerable.
With New Humanity, recent graduate Esmay Wagemans presents the outcome of her research on the identity shift between man and robot. In her artwork she displays a hyper realistic human (or robot) face, showing you how technological developments give us the opportunity to become our own creator, thus creating hyper self-awareness regarding our body. In this way humans are no longer strictly natural anymore, but also a product of culture. We are extending our abilities and overcoming the limitations that stem from our physical bodies by accepting new technologies into our bodies. Is this the next step in human evolution?
xxy.toys is a collection of children’s toys that reimagines existing toys which typically have a gender assigned to them. For instance, think of a tea set for girls and a helicopter for boys. Why not combine the two and create a teacopter, or a hairsaw (combination of a hair comb and a saw). By “hacking” these conventional trinkets, Myrna encourages children (and parents!) to play without the limitation of gender, as she believes this is key in the process of becoming your own unique self.
This is just an excerpt of everything we’ve seen the past couple of days and there is definitely more coming. Be sure to come back later this week for more sneak peeks into this year’s Dutch Design Week.