No one home, a walk around the compound, a look over the fence. This is as close as we can get. Mind the dog. "Do you see those welding lines across the pillars? Top chop". Stacked polyester moulds sandblasted by the desserts winds of the Mojave. Future surrounded by history. That could have been one of the police cars from the Robocop movie.
Shaved. Car bodies reduced to their essentials, as flush as possible. Who needs door handles anyway? A white and crisp canvas over here, a rusty bucket over there. A landscape of projects. Where to start or…where to stop.
"Pasadena find, old lady owned". What we are looking at is the gold mine of Gene Winfield's Rod & Custom Shop. A place where American car history is being recycled, remodeled and refined. Lower, wider, longer. Turning old sleds into the sleek sketches they once where on Detroit's drawing boards. Circle closed. And what about Gene? I did not have the guts to walk up to the door. It turned out he was not at home anyway, but that is on another page.
Maximal impact with minimal input. Clever marketing from Munich, positioning the Mini in a world of design and art. For little money you will have your product in Wallpaper and Surface magazines laid out on stylish coffee tables. The car as a canvas. Automotive….no, interesting….perhaps.
Strijp S, probably not the most exotic section of the Dutch Design Week, but definitely the right indicator. A spot where artists and designers meet the industry. Commerce with warmth, personal and mass produced. The two might blend together if we believe the signs. It is all about connections. Three-dee printers on every corner.
We take a walk through the Klokgebouw and think of the applications.I could design my own shoes. Although, there is a lot of footwear inspiration in Eindhoven. Another trend? In the evening we hammer together our own Eek at a friends place. Do it yourself is still the most rewarding for a designer.
A low poly car mimicking a Reventon seems out of ceramics. It turns out a quick welding job. A spotless white dress made out of……things are not what they look like at first glance. Lots of free work and movie projects. Liked the industrial crappy look of down town Schellens Factory.
Is it a pattern or made by hand? We stand in front of a long blue table and wonder about the creators process as Joost turns up with a screw driver. Some times big ideas come with a simple solution and loads of determination. Upstairs in the museum like room we find the oversized wooden toolbox. Scale is still a Kiki theme. My high light is the alchemistic looking lamp.
Arnhem coming, another of many graduation exhibitions that are attracted by the exposure of the Dutch Design Week. Lots of laboratory styled objects with a love for ceramics and glass. Clean and sterile looking designs after years of decoration. Like the laser cut leather gloves.
Coming home at the Design Academy. The place is always a good spot to hook up with old friends and walk the floors of the former Philips building, scanning this years themes. Hand crafted, woods, ceramics, material exploration, foods, social. Most projects are supported or explained by long threads of text. Little self explaining or smart story telling to find here.
Where is the hig-technology factor in Eindhoven? Maybe I have to unlearn myself. I love the smart ceramic vase and the surf board style table. Dressed up furniture, water filtering objects and a love for shoes seem to be the hot topics at this years DDW.