The classy style of the iconic Chesterfield chair is translated to modern times by Dutch Designer Elise Luttik. With modern techniques, ash wood can be made to match the noblesse of the original leather luxury. Chester is a luxurious and comfortable chair to fit your dining table. Surprisingly enough, Chester chair is stackable. Thus Chester closes the gap between comfortable but space claiming chairs and stackable, often uninviting industrial chairs. Now available at OODE.
One plastic string, made out of old refrigerators, crafted by a robot, into a chair. By combining different techniques, Dirk was able to design an automated but very flexible process. He taught a robot his new craft, drawing furniture out of one endlessly long plastic string. This opened the possibility for Dirk van der Kooij to design in the good old-fashioned way, making a chair, evaluating, refining, making a chair, evaluating, refining and making a chair. Or developing an infinitely large collection of variations. Endless. OODE has now a grey and gradient black/white chair on display at the Singel in Amsterdam.
Adrianus Kundert and Thomas van der Sman of Studio ODDNESS in Eindhoven are fascinated with amorphstructures and randomness. To them, these two elements are antithesis of what is commonly seen in design world that usually doesn’t accept a random process for creation.
Bubblegraphy is a series of vases with a mesmerising look. The pattern on each product is created by a special process of blowing air bubbles in the glaze. The coating creates a three dimensional motive and makes each vase unique.
The conscious designs of Studio Lotte de Raadt are creating awareness on water issues. Ceramics has been used for water storage for centuries. Cooling occurs by natural evaporation through the pores of the ceramics material.
At the base of this collection you’ll find a duo of geometrical shapes, inspired by the architectural shapes and uses of various water towers across Europe.
Studio Daphna Laurens is the collaboration of Daphna Isaacs Burggraaf and Laurens Manders. Both designers graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven where they are based today. They founded Studio Daphna Laurens in 2008 with the aspiration to combine industrial design, applied art and fine art. Together they give shape to ideas, objects, products and concepts creating characteristic products and objects with sophisticated combinations of shapes, materials and colours.
“This series of jewelry, is a celebration of the intriguing moiré effect. By moving or rotating the black front layer, the pattern interferes with the background pattern. Rings or dots seem to appear and to move, making this into an almost hypnotic effect. This jewelry invites you to play and become fascinated by the moiré principle.”
Since graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007 designer Job Martens gives shape to his world in a handcrafted manner. He has developed himself as a product designer on one hand, and a creative craftsman in metal and construction on the other hand. These two aspects make Job Martens a versitale and innovative designer.
Seasons is a translation of a board which stayed over fifty years to rains and wind; time frozen in cast-iron. The objects with deep grooves and rounded shapes seems to be just found in the unimpaired nature that surrounds Studio Fabien Barrero+Carsenat. Aesthetic is found in the imperfection created by the forces of nature. Combining the heavy-weight, solid metal and the matte black color provides a stately effect. As a table center-piece, painted with pure hot bee wax and placed on a walnut wood ring, the time becomes exhibited in these ever existing pieces.
The ‘voie’ light series of Sabine Marcelis, is the result of an investigation into the manipulation of light-paths. Having chosen neon as the primary light source, the designed objects create an interception on the path the light follows through the addition of a singular extra material.
The addition of cast polyester resin diffuses the light path and in turn uses the light source to enhance the colour properties within the resin. A new moment is created when this mutually beneficial relationship is formed between materials, defining the unique properties of each where the two meet.
This beautiful out of collection chair with open back is made by Polish designer Oskar Zieta. They are part of the FIDU collection, that means inflating steel just like rubber toys. With one exception – objects created this way are not necessarily toys. Inflated steel sheets have a very high weight-capacity, so these funny looking shapes are indeed an innovative construction technology. Developed as a method of steel sheet stabilization, FIDU opens new possibilities of forming for the design objects and ultra-light constructions. This limited available chair is available at OODE for E 450, – in glossy black coating.
A rusty nail surrounded by blue stains in oak forms the basis of this research by dutch designer Steven Banken. Oak contains high concentrations of tannic acid, which turns into dark blue when it’s exposed to steel. The same happens with steel, as a result of a chemical reaction between red iron oxide and tannic acid. To accelerate this normally undesirable process the elements that cause this chemical reaction are applied in liquid form on the other material.
Introducing Lennart Bras, ArtEZ Product Design class of 2016 graduate with a niche interest in the industrial production process and how one can simplify building principles. For a question in mind: ‘How can a production process bring forward a new readability for the user?‘, Lennard replies with his latest creation entitled ‘Bottom Up’, as part of his graduation project.
‘Bottom Up‘ is a collection of products – shoes, a table, and a bench that unveils the manufacturing process, to be part of the design outlook in itself. The creative process featured thorough research and analysis of existing semi-finished products, readability, and focus on construction. ‘It’s all about the clarity of construction’, explains Lennart. For the ‘Bottom Up Bench‘, a traditional production process from an upholsterer was taken as inspiration, and applied from the legs of the product onwards. The result is Lennart’s way of smart construction thinking to show the inside-out of the manufacturing industry, from the bottom to the top.
We have some orphaned art pieces of Angèle Etoundi Essamba. She was born in Douala and grew-up in Yaoundé. Her long and recognized trajectory in realization of photographical register of black women started in 1985 in Amsterdam. In her work, Essamba breaks from stereotypical representations of an Africa torn by famines, epidemics and wars, instead celebrating the cultural richness and diversity of the continent. Her outlook is equally aesthetic, idealistic, realistic, intimate and societal. Naturally, Essamba’s work joins the spirit of humanistic photography, and is strongly attached to the values of communion, solidarity and equality between men. Pride, strength and consciousness of African women and the relation between tradition and modernity is what one can see through Essamba’s colored and black & white photography.
Dieter Volkers is a designer from Maastricht, graduated from the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem where he is based today. His work space is the place to set his mind free, the place where he developed a series of functional, but also aesthetically strong objects. With his ‘Tools and Objects’ he knows how to attract attention to everyday products and acts. As Dieter explains:
“The products are the result of functional objects. Objects which are powerful in their aesthetics. My collection represents the actions of our daily lives. Central is the value of ‘normal’ things and acts, such as passing a door.”
Present at OODE, is a piece of Dieter’s ‘normal’ things – the Ball Clamp. This opaque lamp looks like a squeezed ball with a clamp, to put wherever. The ball itself is open from the bottom, to easily put a regular light bulb. A typical dutch design lamp – very useful and with a bit of humor. Available for purchase, also in the webshop.
Interior and product designer Tjimkje de Boer is the brain behind designstudio Knapontwerp. Knapontwerp draws its inspiration from daily scenery and objects. Captured in photography, Tjimkje dives into detailed observation and poetic analysis of ordinary moments and taking the best of old crafts and traditional production methods, new ideas take hold and lead to the development of products.
Picturesque Mirrors by Tjimkje de Boer
In such manner, a slushy paddle turns intoPicturesque Mirrors, balancing on the verge of art and design as the reflective functionality is complemented by an interaction of lustrous colours. While across it, in collaboration with Anne Marie Twigge, the studio constructs a Converso Simplex, a minimalistic cube of a base and a loose interlocking element. This object tributes the physical posture in (public) speaking in various adjustable structures of formal and informal presentations. Offering the speaker all of the settings to present: seater, presenter, activator, highriser and converser.
Converso Simplex by Tjimkje de Boer and Anne Marie Twigge
Knapontwerp’s creations are focused on bringing both functionality and scenery to the indoors for personal use and fascination. All of the products are available for purchase on demand.
Michiel Lelivelt is a third-generation design representative and a follower of his father’s and grandfather’s woodwork passion, united under the Lelivelt family business, running for over one hundred years. ‘My challenge is to make beautiful and functional furniture. Since childhood, I have been interested in architecture and design, and later trained as a carpenter’, explains Michiel. The long experience and the relentless interest in the development of the profession encouraged Michiel to choose his own path and in 2005, become the founder of Stong Wood. From that moment on I keep myself busy with old style timber and wood furniture.’
The birth of the Analogue table series in 2013, illustrates Michiel’s special approach to design. ‘I am convinced that design is not a sketch or a drawing but a creative process. I fit to rely on intuition and feeling as my mind works with the material (wood) to achieve the correct shape, in the process of trying again and again. Over the years, this awareness has grown and I work with more and more confidence in my own real product.’
Analogously, the Analoog table is a good example of this ‘Hand Framed’ approach. The table consists of a solid American walnut wood frame and a ‘berkenplex’ (thickened) sheet veneer. The sturdy yet lightweight and flexible design ensures that the table easily adapts to uneven surfaces. While the aesthetic lines and smooth edges relate to the Art Nouveau and Scandinavian design for a contemporary look that fits in both classic and modern interiors. A very refined dining table. Available for purchase at the OODE webshop.
Salvatore Franzese is an Italian born and Dutch based product designer, residing in his own Eindhoven studio. Salvatore’s design approach involves being on the look for new goals and challenges in the handmade technical approach. ”Producing an object with your hands is a way of projecting yourself, involving your head, heart and soul and therefore this is the reason why the piece doesn’t just express a concept but also talks about you it’s you.”, explains Salvatore. OODE currently features a part of his Procreation series, entitled Wire Lamps that are covered and rolled up with kilometers of silk thread, available in a variety of colour.