KAZERNE DESIGN AWARD 2020
Tomorrow is shaped by the students of today.
The Kazerne Design Award is a prize meant to encourage recently graduated students from Design Academy Eindhoven. The jury will grant a lucky winner with eternal fame, pretty good exposure, and 5000 euro. To get started. Isn’t that nice?
Rewatch the Kazerne Design Award Show here.
Sponsored by Stichting Loyola.
Lonneke Gordijn is half of the celebrated designduo Studio Drift. Their work is a quest for balance in the relationship between human/nature/technology, and is exhibited worldwide at leading museums, art fairs and institutes like Kazerne.
Kiki van Eijk is one of the most accomplished names of Dutch Design. Her world is whimsical and colorful, lyrical and personal, yet refined by skillful craftsmanship.
Annemoon Geurts is the founder and creative director of the renowned design hub Kazerne where she, together with guest curators like Joseph Grima, Lidewij Edelkoort and Ilse Crawford, shows the meaning of design for the world of tomorrow.
Shaakira Jassat – Tea Drop
“Our future has the potential to be better designed.”
From irrigation to packaging to cleaning: it takes 30 liters of water to produce one single cup of tea. On a symbolic level, Tea Drop recaptures this resource, whilst giving power back to the environment: the tea machine condenses water vapour from the surrounding air. In contrast to our available-on-demand lifestyle, one has to wait for the tea vessel to be filled with water, before it can be boiled to make tea.
Yarden Colsey – Old Dog New Tricks
“Are you playing or being played?”
Dogs are trained in the Netherlands and deployed in conflict zones in other countries, such as Israel and Palestine. Old Dog New Tricks is an interactive sound installation that draws parallels between the training of dogs and people for war zones. Participants undergo a parcours on a custom training ground. With a stick between their teeth, they hear a narrative about how man and his four-footed friends are conditioned for conflicts.
Pauline Esparon – L’échoucheur
“China is the number one client for flax. There is no number two.”
While growing and being scutched in Europe, 80% of flax nowadays has to be exported to China to be combed, spun and woven before being reimported. This situation contradicts the sustainable growth of the fiber and the need for locally produced materials. By working directly with the scutched fibers, this project aims to present new aspects, tactilities and properties of linen, whilst encouraging and diversifying a local network of production, based in Normandy.
Fides Lapidaire – Broodje Poep
“Let’s give a shit, since shit is what our soil yearns for.”
Broodje Poep is a sandwich made from ingredients grown on human poop and pee compost. The sandwiches are sold at festivals from a food truck. By integrating a dry toilet to collect human waste into the design of a caravan that serves tasty sandwiches, Broodje Poep demonstrates how easy it is to close the food cycle.
Romain Laval – The Ceramic Blob Factory
“Efficiency is a form of violence.”
Efficiency was a basic idea behind the Industrial Revolution. While efficiency is very practical, the chain of consequences have crushed diversity and reduced life to an endless repetition of the same processes. The Ceramic Blob factory presents a production line with inefficiency, randomness and chances. It underlines the normality of mistakes, diversity and human error, revealing the absurdity of the industrial process.
Clara le Meur – Valuable gesture Factory
“A physical trace of digital data.”
The luxurious, unique weaves produced by the Valuable Gesture Factory visualise the hidden economy behind our screens. Activity on the Instagram account of the factory is harvested by an algorithm that generates patterns for punching cards. These ‘user patterns’ are processed by a jacquard loom – an analogue ancestor of computer programming – producing the weaving pattern. The new textile – containing clicks, likes and comments – becomes a physical trace of the value generated with our data.
Leo Orta – Creatures in retention
“These functional fossils reveal the problem with modern life.”
Creatures in Retention is based on the continued possession and our personal relationship to fast consumer goods. As the global recycling circuit is still not functioning optimally, high-consumer objects have a huge impact on our environment. Reflecting on their life-cycle, the Lion-dogs are shaped to represent the frightening reality of our consumption. They are here to remind us that a spirit is still to be found in objects we throw away.
Mies Raadgever – The Hole Trap
“The aim is to feel what the characters feel.”
Dive into the world of Nam, Woe and Leav: a fictional place that shows how we are threatening our world. We all know that pollution is an enormous threat to the continued existence of life on Earth. We want to do something, but don’t know how. The scale of the problem is simply too big. Shrinking the situation into pages of a book can help us connect with reality again.
Federico Rosa – Acqua Alta
“We are used to the water, but are not ready for it.”
While the furniture of Acqua Alta may look classic and traditional, it actually carries an alarming message. As the sea level is rising, floods in Venice get worse. Water is entering houses and restaurants, but still there is no solid policy to save the city. The pieces revive awareness by reflecting the effects of high tide; remnants like mollusks, barnacles and seaweed become casted ornaments for their legs. More than ever, in these COVID coloured days, we are confronted with the impact that water has on Venice.
Lucas Zito – Filter loop
“By getting people to participate, you raise awareness.”
What if cigarette butt litter was valuable rather than destructive? Filter Loop features a modular, mobile recycling machine, designed to be installed in key pedestrian spaces in large cities. It enables passengers to gather cigarette stubs for recycling, in exchange for 3D printed products and goods, created directly on site with the recycled material cellulose acetate.