Dutch Design Week 21.10-29.10.2017
Rooted in industrial top sectors ‘Agri & Food’, ‘Life Sciences & Health’ and ‘Chemicals’, the Limburg industry has a leading role in the Netherlands according to the development of new materials. Traditionally, the Limburg creative industry has a strong interest in designing products inspired by materials and their properties. Design is seen as a result of the transformation of raw materials, in combination with semi-finished products and ingenious production techniques.
The exhibition presents eight Limburg designers and collectives. The exhibition shows the way they develop their designs as the result of an extensive ‘dialogue’ with materials and their properties.
Paul Koenen grew up next to a heap of burned mining stones in Kerkrade. Fifty years after the closing of the Limburg coalmines, Koenen developed the idea to use red mining stone granulate as material for public furniture. These benches function as a ‘memorial monument’ in public space. The material functions as a storyteller in the most tangible way. It tells the story of the region in an unexpected, innovative and elegant design
José Maase & Mireille Meijs
Dirk Ploos van Amstel
Fabian von Spreckelsen
The MATERIAL DESIGNERS presentation is developed by Dutch Design Exchange (DDX) and is part of the project EMBRACING EXCHANGE.
DDX was set up in order to help Dutch businesses within the ‘Creative Industry’ to work across the national borders in Europe. DDX’s network and geographical position (Maastricht, NL) has lead to a focus on Belgium and Germany.