Future 50: Studio Drift 01.08.13

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After leaving Design Academy Eindhoven in 2005, Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta founded Studio Drift. The pair had worked for the likes of FAT Architecture and Studio Tord Boontje before starting out on its own. Studio Drift combines Gordijn's fascination with nature and Nauta's love of science fiction to "give shape to the ideas we shared". The studio will only produce on request. "We do not work for mass production companies who produce for a lifespan of five years," says Gordijn. "Fashion is a problem." The studio has created furniture and lighting, notably the Ghost Chair, which was launched at Milan in 2007, and more recently Flylight, a light installation that evokes the patterns and poetics of the movement of a flock of birds, which was unveiled in Paris earlier this year. "We are currently working on a project that is a non-material experience," Gordijn says. "I think this is a natural reaction to all the materialism around us."

Amsterdam
www.studiodrift.com

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