The circle – Dutch Invertuals

In the exhibition The Circle, collective Dutch Invertuals focuses on one of the most iconic shapes in our universe. More than 25 leading designers, both up and coming and established, show their personal vision on the mother of all forms. In 2019, The Circle was already on show during Salone del Mobile in Milan and the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. Complimented with new works, the exhibition is now on show for longer than a festival week in Home of Design Kazerne in the heart of design city Eindhoven.

SPRING 2020 — SUMMER 2020


Wendy Plomp

Exhibition Design
Daphna Laurens

Dutch Invertuals

Lead by Wendy Plomp, the collective Dutch Invertuals have been presenting themselves for ten years during international design festivals. In the exhibition in Kazerne, a selection of Dutch Invertuals designers is on show, under which up and coming and established talent like Architects of Identity (Edhv), Daphna Laurens, Raw Color and Martens & Visser, that have been playing an important role in the collective for years.

“In times of division and inequity, the circle stands as an emblem of co-operation and connectivity. We need to go back to the origin to find out what is fundamental in life. Interpreting the circle pushes each Invertuals to identify what is essential to them.” -says curator Wendy Plomp. She asked the designers to redesign the circle.

The personal visions on the mother of all forms show a rich diversity of autonomous design; from conceptual to actual designs and from philosophical to mathematical. The exhibition design by Daphna Laurens also uses the circle shape as a basis. Visitors can level with the work from a round podium. Together with the monumental curtains, this walkable circle sheds light on the industrial exhibition space of Kazerne. 

The circle as a primitive shape
Inspired by the earliest application of the circle as a vessel, Willem van Hooff designed the serie Core. He makes use of prehistoric African techniques. The works are physically balanced and simultaneously question the idea of the perfect circle.

Reality and gravity
Internal and External Forces consists of a mobile of bouncy materials, that in theory could form the perfect circles. However, this seems like an unlikely scenario in this dynamic, chaotic world. The movement and interaction appeal more to Max Lipsey than the idea of the perfect circle. 

A mathematical approach to the circle
According to Wikipedia, the term ‘circle’ refers to both the inside of the figure as well as the boundary and its interior together. Technically the edge is called a circle and the whole figure is called a disk. With Open Disk, Daphna Laurens brings a mathematical ode to the shape that designers owe so much to.


Architects of Identity (Edhv), Nina van Bart, Daniël de Bruin, Christian + Jade, Amandine David, Floriane Dubreuil, Willem van Hooff, Studio Joachim Morineau, Daphna Laurens, Max Lipsey, Carlo Lorenzetti, Martens & Visser, Satomi Minoshima, Raw Color, Dorian Renard, Schimmel and Schweikle, Baiba Soma, Jelle van Twillert, Bram Vanderbeke, Nel Verbeke, Jeroen Wand.


Atelier YenAn, Ruud Balk Fotografie, Brabant C, Cultuur Eindhoven, Lidewij Edelkoort, Sooji Lee, Moon/en/co, Provincie Noord-Brabant, Philip Fimmano, Studio van der Zandt.