Effort is one of our most powerful catalysts for change. The HOPE exhibition suggests that tackling small problems can lead to systemic change. Each of the exhibited projects – created by Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) students, past and present –is hopeful. In some cases, the hope they offer arises from tackling specific aspects of local and perhaps personal concern within small steps. In others, hope comes from proof that a good idea can infect a system at an industrial, and even global scale. Importantly, the projects did not set out to change the world top down. They started with ideas and effort to address issues immediately at hand. They offer glimmers of inspired thinking about how we might look at ourselves, our lives and our practices through a different lens, in a different light. Showing how small changes can make big differences.

SPRING 2019 — SUMMER 2019


Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña

Exhibition Design
Buro Belén


The group exhibition HOPE at Home of Design Kazerne is a celebration of the DAE departments lead by Ilse Crawford and Oscar Peña. In her daily life British designer Ilse Crawford, head of DAE’s ‘Man and Well-Being’ creates spaces and objects that engage the senses and promote well-being. She’s perhaps best known for her work with IKEA, the title of Designer of the Year 2016 for Maison&Objet’s Paris fair and the 2017 episode of Netflix Abstract: The Art of Design that exclusively features her vision. Colombian co-curator Oscar Peña, head of ‘DAE’s Man and Activity’, is known as an accomplished creative director and product designer in professional lighting.

Crawford and Peña: “It is too easy today to feel hopeless. Our many crises and failures are well-documented and weigh heavy. Many of us feel there is nothing we can do to help improve our various self-inflicted predicaments. This is not the case. A hopeless attitude only self-perpetuates our feeling of inertia. In reality, effort is one of our most powerful catalysts for change. If hopelessness is a state of mind, then hope is a state of action. We are almost deaf to the cry that small changes can make big differences, but we would be wise not to write this statement off as an empty cliché just yet. A powerful aspect of life today is how fast good – not just bad – ideas can spread. Consider how far our attitudes towards plastic, meat and gender have shifted in just a couple of years. It is a radical notion that we do not need to fix everything to fix something. We can be in control of the new realities we face – whether on a personal, community or global level – if we choose to be. Let’s hope we do.”

Designers sharing optimism

Kazernes founder and Creative Director Annemoon Geurts: “Because at Kazerne we operate from a design perspective, we share the fundamental optimism of the designer. Often the impossible turns out to be possible, simply because the designer won’t take no for an answer. That’s why we are thrilled to show our visitors the hopeful work and perspectives in this new exhibition.”


Alissa + Nienke, Clémence Althabegoïty, Atelier NL, Émilie Bordes x Yoon Seok-hyeon x Chae Soowon, Simón Ballen Botero, Buro Belén, Nicolette Bodewes, Aurore Brard, Mirjam de Bruijn, Nacho Carbonell, Brigitte Coremans, Teresa van Dongen, Envisions, Pauline Esparon, Formafantasma, Dave Hakkens, Nienke Helder, Olivier van Herpt, Mirl van Hoek, Studio Mieke Meijer, Studio Joachim Morineau, Bas Kamp, Amenda Kelders, Agne Kucerenkaite, Don Yaw Kwaning, Anne Ligtenberg, Isabel Mager, Sabine Marcelis & Brit van Nerven, Tamara Orjola, Reineke Otten, Eva Oyevaar, Mathilde Philipponnat, Madeleine de Pontevès, Sanne Ree Barthels, Martin Sallieres, Renee Scheepers, Leo Schlumberger, Makiko Shinoda, Ines Sistiaga, Pieter Städler, Stone Cycling, Super Local, Pascale Theron, Daan Veerman, Elin Visser.


Ruud Balk Fotografie, Brabant C, Haller Brun, Buro Belén, Ilse Crawford, Cultuur Eindhoven, Design Academy Eindhoven, Studio Anne Lightenberg, Hugo Macdonald, Moon/en/co/, Oscar Peña, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Studio van der Zandt.