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On this page are the things that keep me up at night, the intriguing details of my surroundings that I want to share & all the random bits of creation that otherwise get lost in the creative process.

So for you it's basically a blog.

2018-01-08 Back To The Fruiture

2018-01-08 Back to the Fruiture

Back to the Fruiture is a fruitbowl concept. It is a high-tech fruit hill, that changes color complementary to the fruit you place on top of it. You've never seen such orange oranges, because you never seen oranges against a blue background. Or apples against green and bananas against purple. You get the point. You could say this is the future of fruit presentation. This project was also an execise in visualising and rendering light and transparency. 

Lightning

A statement ring made of sterling silver, designed after a lightning bolt. It wraps around two fingers. For sale here.

E

"E" is a family of door handles, constructed out of stacked layers.

"E" also features a swipe activated electronic lock.

Spirulina System

It is a 20L tank, filled with Spirulina micro algae.

It produces a protein equivalent of one steak a week.

It consumes 80kWh/year.

It uses 8% the amount of energy per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It uses 0,01% the amount of water per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It fixates 40gr of CO2 each week. Producing a steak releases 12kg of CO2.

It is a 20L tank, filled with Spirulina micro algae.

It produces a protein equivalent of one steak a week.

It consumes 80kWh/year.

It uses 8% the amount of energy per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It uses 0,01% the amount of water per kg of protein, compared to beef. 

It fixates 40gr of CO2 each week. Producing a steak releases 12kg of CO2.

A Warm Welcome

Jackdaws in Woensel West, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. With nearly 50% immigrants Woensel is the neighborhood of Eindhoven with the most non-Dutch inhabitants.
Syrian refugees walking across Europe, after crossing the Medditeranean sea.

They both risk their lives on the move,
looking for a place to settle.

A WARM WELCOME

A warm welcome is a birdhouse. A birdhouse that is also a statement.

It connects the fate of crows and refugees, both unwanted and without a roof over their head. We close our chimneys, much like we close Europe's borders. We have warmth to share, there are places for them to stay, but we turn our backs to the problem in the hope it goes away.​

This birdhouse is a public declaration of helping the unwanted. Of the willingness to share warmth, and to boost and engage in public debate. To create openness, and take away fear. To create a platform for discussion, to question the actions of politicians, and in the best case scenario create couch surfing for refugees.

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Jackdaws nesting in chimneys is a small scale issue. Relatable, because they might one day nest in your own chimney. Relatable, because I had a jackdaw's nest in my chimney.

The refugee crisis, on the other hand, is huge, complicated and not relatable. So why not use the first to bring attention to the second? To solve the bird-in-chimney issue, you need a birdhouse. An alternative to the chimney, a fake chimney. But chimneys can have a public function. They are on top of a roof and visible from far down the street. This makes them a good platform to communicate a statement with.

This birdhouse is a public declaration of support. Of helping the unwanted. Of the willingness to share warmth, and to boost and engage in publicdebate. To create openness, and take away fear. Because being afraid shuts the door to possibilities.

For this, it uses the most desperate part of the crisis. People risking their own life to travel to Europe, on a boat as fragile as a paper folded boat. Refugees enter Europe through the boat, just like the jackdaws enter the birdhouse through the boat. At night chimneys can act as a beacon. Like a lighthouse guiding a boat, this birdhouse draws attention. It sheds light on a problem, by glowing in the dark.

As it is a statement, it is public. To be successful it needs to spread, it needs to go viral. For it to successfully spread it needs to be cheap and mass produced. Like normal roof tiles, it is made of terra-cotta. The texture serves multiple purposes.It is necessary to hold the luminescent paint. And, during the slip-clay casting process, it creates a texture on the inside, which is necessary for the bird to get out.

This is a birdhouse that is not just a birdhouse, but it addresses the bigger issue.To maintain your house, to save a nest, and to give a home.

Teapot

creating curvaceous unity
by merging handle and spout

Let There Be Light

The backrest references to wings, and the light is at just the right height to form a ceramic halo for the person seated. The back legs point upwards, perhaps to heaven. Even the direction of the wood in the seat points to the light. The chair and light are one.  

This chair was exhibited at Lampuniek during DDW2016.

Grandfathers Clock

One piece of furniture every student requires is a closet. Considering the average room size of Dutch student housing, closets should not occupy too much floor space, but be tall instead. Another object every student requires is a clock. Traditional grandfathers clocks can be very beautiful, but are very unpractical in small rooms where they only take up valuable space.

This wardrobe combines the clock and closet, using the space traditionally occupied by the pendulum for storage. It is a wardrobe annex grandfathers clock; modern, unique, and a little futuristic.

Reflectile

Derived from the words "reptile" and "to reflect", this copper candle holder reflects the light of a single candle in a unique way. 

The industrial material, and the curvaceous shape are forced together, creating a faceted,  dangerous, and imposing piece of table top design. The coloration of the copper enhances the threatening, scorpion- and cobra-like shape, giving the piece natural as well as machanical characteristics.

This work was auctioned at Suara Rimba. A charity auction in
Bali, Indonesia, for the preservation and restauration
of rainforests in Indonesia