One Design Student’s Tear Gun Represents More Than Talent

“The difficulties living as a foreigner in another country lead to high pressures in the study environment. Those pressures had been building for 18 months before finally reaching a crisis point during one of my midterm presentations,” Yi-Fei Chen says in an interview with Dezeen, regarding her time as a graduate student at Design Academy Eindhoven. Chen translated these pent-up emotions into a brass tear gun—a …

Nienke Helder’s Sensory Objects for Rehabilitation

Presented at Dutch Design Week this year, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Nienke Helder’s sensory objects are made for rehabilitation, not just pleasure. Created to help women recover from sexual abuse, the pieces are made for people to explore their sense of touch—to rediscover in a way what they enjoy and what they don’t. Helder worked with medical experts and women in recovery, and also used …

Studio Visit: Lex Pott

The Dutch designer on using extensive research and experimentation to create a new language from archetypical materials

Since graduating cum laude in 2009 from the prestigious Design Academy Eindhoven, young Dutch designer Lex Pott has been very busy—first with working for Hella Jongerius and Scholten & Baijings, and then with starting up his own studio. When we stopped by his Amsterdam studio recently (which he had just moved into), Pott was working on a patina concept for Volvo and about “20 other …