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
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.