Design Academy Eindhoven’s graduation show 26.10.09

words Johanna Agerman

Design Academy Eindhoven opened its graduation exhibition amid confusion over the resignation of its creative director Alexander van Slobbe after only nine months on the job. He wasn’t at the opening, although his predecessor, Li Edelkoort, was. She waxed lyrical about the creativity unleashed by the recession and at the academy’s show, the work largely dealt with the aesthetics of waste, sustainability and design for tight spaces. It said a lot that the Academy’s most prestigious Award went to a plant pot.

Hoog en Droog, Jephte Francissen
The beautiful simplicity of these wooden crates, created by leftovers from a furniture maker, is the perfect example of the understatement that this year’s graduates were capable of. It functions as a space-saving overhead storage device. Each of the crates is suspended from the ceiling by slender ropes that attach to the bottom of the drawer through a clock spring. This means that when you hoist the crate up it runs easily and when you ease the pressure it locks into place.

top picture Lisa Klappe


picture Astrid Zuidema

Bioplastic planter, Bas van der Veer
This planter, made from biodegradable plastic, is developed to make the transportation, planting and maintenance of saplings easier. When the tree is planted, the shaft of the planter protects its slender trunk. As the tree’s roots grow the plastic degrades, decomposing into nutrients. This, and his clever rainwater-saving device A Drop of Water, won him the René Smeets award, the academy’s most prestigious accolade.


picture Astrid Zuidema

Wastesthetics, Laura Lynn Jansen
Laura Lynn Jansen has taken the bin bag out of its container and exposed it as an acceptable household object. She has even taken into account how it will look when it’s full of rubbish. By producing the waste sack from a pearl-coloured stretchy plastic, the bag takes on a curious shape decided by the objects contained within. Jansen hopes that the bag and its shape will also lead to reflection on how much garbage we produce.

For more projects from the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show, pick up the December issue of icon, out soon.

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