1. Studio Formfantasma: Naivety is a great starting point in design

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    Since their start as designers, Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Studio Formafantasma have worked together very closely. After meeting as students in Florence, they enrolled for a Master’s degree at the Design Academy in Eindhoven as a team, graduating with a joint project – the first time in the school’s history that this had happened. Their graduate project, Moulding Tradition, crystallises their materials-driven, research-based approach to design. Based on a study of Sicilian ceramic traditions as far back as the 17th century, the duo’s work explored the issues of immigration, assimilation and the historical cross-flow of culture between North Africa and Italy until today’s times and, ultimately, its effect on production. The end result was a collection of refined ceramic vessels featuring portraits of people who have migrated to Italy out of a political or social exile. After graduating, the Italian duo founded Studio Formafantasma in Amsterdam. "Formafantasma means a ghost shape or form," says Farresin. "It’s a reference to the way we work." They go on to compare their method to a plant: “You always have a seed, which is the idea; it then starts to grow and opens up in different ways. Our process is organic because we let it grow,” says Farresin. Much of the duo’s work starts with unassuming observations. “We believe that naivety is a great starting point in design,” says Farresin. The belief that a manmade technique or process can’t be revisited because it is already established is short-sighted, they say. Their work often leads to researching the basic principles of a particular technique or process to discover its contemporary meaning. The studio’s latest work explores how lava can be used as a design material. “We have always been fascinated by the volcano in Sicily,” says Trimarchi, “and volcanic matter is something that has interested us because of its unpredictability.” After a few years of investigating the material’s possibilities, the De Natura Fossilium was born. The collection is made up of tables and chairs as well as more experimental pieces such as vases and boxes made from molten lava.

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    • Hug Me Chair

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      Whenever you need a good hug, the Hug Me Chair is there for you. Just sit down, the chair will come to life and gently folds his arms around you. The soft embrace will comfort you. made by Kiki van Caspel

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      • Mind Blow.

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        • FAKED IN EUROPE

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          fake gucci bag challenge given to three designers --> reproducing gucci bags within 30 mn as Chinese factory workers are hired to do for Gucci. with the participation of Kim Hou, Rosa Smits, Sabine Tulp.

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          • PERSONA OBESITY

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            Persona is from latin words means theatrical mask, role or a character played by an actor. Psychologist Carl Jung defined Persona as a kind of mask, designed to impress others, and at the same time conceal the true nature of the individual. Inspired by what Pascal said, "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." I made chair to help people to sit in a quiet room alone. You can see more concept/process/story behind at http://daeunlim.com/PERSONA-OBESITY special thanks to Maxime Benvenuto. Design Academy Eindhoven Man and Leisure Module 03 Daeun Lim

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            • Marrakech photo book trailer

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              Photo book made by Seng Chi Ao

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              • PERSONA OBESITY

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                Design Academy Eindhoven Man and Leisure department. Module 3 / Conflict of Interest assignment. Too short story about a Man who is not able to sit in a quite room alone. Inspired by Persona theory from Carl Jung and quote from Pascal (All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.) Music by Moongi Kim, Drawing/story by Daeun Lim

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                • Christien Meindertsma: Design includes what lies behind the product

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                  Christien Meindertsma’s designs blur the line between production and product. The Rotterdam-based designer’s work is a vehicle to make the invisible processes behind her products visible. “I specialise in the process of how things are made,” she says in this exclusive video with Design Indaba. “It’s interesting to make processes transparent, so I try to incorporate my way of working into still existing industries because I really believe in local production.” She became interested in the flax industry in the Netherlands in 2009 when she created a collection of products for Thomas Eyck, in collaboration with traditional ropemaker Touwslagerij Steenbergen and woodworkers Kuperus & Gardenier. The Netherlands was a major producer of flax but nowadays it is farmed in smaller quantities with the vast majority exported to China and India for processing, she says. Like her Pig 05049 project that researched the many different products made from a single pig (including heart valves, ammunition, chewing gum, bio diesel and porcelain), the Flax Project investigates the complete life cycle of flax from seed to rope (used in hanging lights, mats and even an ottoman) and yarn (used in tablecloths). But Meindertsma took her commitment to production one step further: When the flax farm she was working with received a sales offer from a Chinese buyer, she bought the whole plot. "I am now the happy owner of 10 000 kilos of flax," she says. With filmmaker Roel van Tour she is documenting all the steps in flax production as the seeds are planted, grown, harvested and processed. Meindertsma’s interest in asking what lies beneath the systems and processes society takes for granted dates back to her days as a student at Design Academy Eindhoven. Her graduation project, Checked Baggage, collected the hundreds of items confiscated by Schiphol Airport security over one week post-9/11, labeling them carefully and collating them into a book. “I felt that a lot of these security measures were a fake way of making us safe,” she says. Her book “was a way of showing the seriousness but also the powerlessness of securing everyone”. In 2012, the Dutch designer was asked by Museum Rotterdam and visual arts studio Wandschappen to create something new out of a collection of 500 sweaters knitted by Rotterdam resident Loes Veenstra. The sweaters, which she began knitting in 1955, had been stored in cardboard boxes in her home. “The sweater were never worn, which I thought was a tragedy,” says Meindertsma. Organising them by yarn colour and pattern, she cataloged them in a series of beautiful photographs. Veenstra was celebrated in a massive street festival that included a group of serenaders, a marching band and a dance troupe – all wearing her sweaters. In Meindertsma’s view, the process is so inherently a part of product design, that she doesn’t define herself as a “social designer”. “I think designing a product should make sense for whatever lies behind the product – the crops, the animals, the people making it,” she notes. “For me its logical that product design is social.”

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                  • Perfect Serve

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                    "The Perfect Serve" is a short movie showing the works of Design Academy Eindhoven students, Well Being department, alcohol subject. Presented in the "Under The Influence" exhibition in Amsterdam, June 25 - 30, 2014. In collaboration with Dita Pane.

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                    • Banana production

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                      I start doing research of BANANA from beginning to end mapping out each step. Where can traces and leftovers be found?

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