Dutch Design Week Report: Favourites from VEEM


Having only one day to spend at the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven is not nearly enough to see all that is potentially interesting. Out of all that was on offer, VEEM seemed like possibly the most varied and interesting thing to see, and it surely did not disappoint!

People walking at the front of a large building mostly covered in blue material, with the text "VEEM" over the entrance in lights.

VEEM was an international mix of designers and creative makers, both established and just starting out, presented on two floors of what is normally used as a multilevel car park. The industrial surroundings matched nicely with the exhibits, and gave it all an atmosphere of things being truly built up and made there, and new things emerging.

Sustainability and new materials were very strong themes among the exhibitors, with some nods to traditional techniques also here and there. It was not an easy job to pick out the most interesting exhibits, as everything seemed to have some intriguing angle or approach. Let’s check out the most interesting finds!

UMPRUM / ACADEMY OF ARTS, ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN IN PRAGUE: CZECH CRAFT IS HERE!

Traditional craft techniques meet new materials and design ideas in the works of Czech students.

Red vessels made out of seed beads.

Various imaginatively woven materials in different shapes and colours.

NEWTAB-22: SEA STONE

Studio Newtab-22 from Korea looks for “overlooked materials” to use in new, sustainable and aesthetic ways. Project Sea Stone seeks to utilise the 7 million tonnes of seashells discarded by the food industry every year to produce a new material that can be used like limestone.

Four different seashells in dishes, next to them four small dishes with material ground from those seashells and next to them material produced mainly using the ground seashells.

PIERRE AZALBERT, BENTON CHING, KARLIJN SIBBEL: RE-FLEX

Re-Flex is a new material you can mould and re-mould yourself, using a moderate amount of heat. The inventors wanted to help extend the lifespan of objects by making it possible for the user to form them into something different once they were no longer needed in their original form.

Dinosaur shapes made out of the Re-Flex material, one flat, one folded to a standing position.

A three-part diagram about shaping the material, with the stages "original shape", "hold in shape" and "new shape".

TEXTILELAB AMSTERDAM WAAG

TextileLab Amsterdam combines digital fabrication processes, craft techniques, textile knowledge and material research into relevant opportunities for the textile, fashion and material fields. This is done according to the principles of Waag, using both technological and creative innovation side by side to achieve more sustainable, circular and ecological solutions. Their Material Archive is an open source archive of DIY sustainable materials.

A large book with the text "Atlas of Sustainable Colour" on the cover, with different coloured swaths of cloth spread into a circle around the book.

Papers and materials on top of a table with the title "Emotionally Durable Textile" visible on one of them.

MIRA NAMETH: BIOPHILICA – LOCAL PLANTBASED MATERIALS

Working with urban plant waste, Mira Nameth has spent a year developing both flexible and rigid materials that are sourced, created, recycled and composted locally. These new, biodegradable and recyclable materials have already been on show in several places, including Milan Design Week.

Shapes formed and cut out of a leather substitute material.

Different coloured circles cut out of a leather substitute material and arranged into a collage on a wall.

Different coloured squares cut out of a leather substitute material.

AALTO UNIVERSITY: CHEMARTS