Designs with the main feature ‘architectural’

People’s Pavilion: 100% geleend

100% borrowed means that there was no screwing, glueing, drilling or sawing. All materials used had to remain intact. The People’s Pavilion was the central meeting point and discussion platform during the first edition of the World Design Event during Dutch Design Week 2017.

Photo: Filip Dujardin

Wood in Progress

Driven by a strong affinity to challenge the industry, the design collective Envisions strives to collaborate with established companies and inspire them to rethink their production processes.

Blood Related

As a simultaneous embodiment of life and death, blood is nature’s ultimate contradiction. It tells a thousand stories, steeped in meaning and mysticism. Yet, the very real modern narrative of blood as a mass waste material remains untold.


A novel, reversible building system comprising dry‐assembled, interlocking cast components out of waste glass. Grasping from the high compressive strength of glass, the project explores the recycling of everyday glass waste into cast structural components for architectural and interior design applications.

Recomposed Bamboo

‘Recomposed Bamboo’ investigates the composition of the bamboo tube, and how this structure can be used more efficiently and aesthetically.

Functional 3D Printed Ceramics

More and more materials can be printed in 3D, including clay. Olivier van Herpt built a 3D clay printer. The designer can influence the machine as it prints. And because clay is a changeable material, chance also plays a part in the printing. This gives rise to a craft product created with the latest technology.

The Tree Trunk Chair

What does ‘new’ mean? The Tree Trunk Chair has a production time of 200 years. By pressing a mould into a tree for two centuries, the tree will slowly take on the shape of the mould, after which it can be removed and the chair can be ‘harvested’.

The Growing Lab – Mycelia

Fungi are micro-organisms that consist of many extremely small and fast-growing hyphal threads. Grow the fungi on the right substrate and a new, strong material will form, which can take on any three-dimensional form. The Growing Lab is an ongoing research project into the possibilities of using fungi for design and architecture.

The Salt Pup

A mixture of almost 90 percent sea salt, a small about of starch and water is heated and dried, leaving a white, hard, translucent material. The material is strong under compression force and weak under tensile force. The logical shape that follows from this is an arch or dome.

Flax Chair

A composite material consisting of a combination of flax fibre and PLA is applied in a chair: the Flax Chair. Due to the suitable oceanic climate, flax is a crop with a rich history in the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France. PLA is a biodegradable plastic with a lactic acid base. Both the long and the short fibres of the flax have been used.

Living Colours

Natural colours also tend to fade and lose colour. BELÉN, made up of Brecht Duijf and Lenneke Langenhuijsen, did research on the mechanisms of these changes in order to apply these qualities in a clever way. BELÉN developed discolour charts for plant-based dyes and designed unique objects such as a carpet that slowly discolours, curtains with a slowly emerging pattern and an acoustic wall coating with a different perspective from each angle.

Pretty Plastic Plant

Plastic is often recycled, but usually into colourless, practical products. The Pretty Plastic Plant consists of six machines that process plastic waste from households in the north of Amsterdam into façade cladding. The plastic is collected and sorted by colour, making all colour combinations possible. For example, four meeting rooms were recently created.

Virtual Paper

The world of materials is bigger than the material world. Using algorithms, computers can simulate the natural characteristics of materials. Ontwerper Borgart uses an algorithm developed by the University of California at Berkeley to simulate the characteristics of paper.

Ripening Rugs

Adrianus Kundert designs rugs that come to life through intensive use. New colours, textures and patterns appear in places where the rug has been used most. Because the rug becomes more beautiful as it wears, it will not be replaced quickly, as happens with normal wear and tear.

The Lenticular Project

Lenticular printing is used to produce an image that changes optically in colour or depth as it moves. Antoine Peters is researching the possibilities of applying this technique to fabric and creating ‘multiple design’ clothing; the colour of the print changes depending on the movements of the wearer or the viewer.


Helmond company Vlisco produces fabrics for the Central and West African markets. On her own initiative, Simone Post conducted material research on Vlisco’s waste fabrics and misprints. This study resulted in the Vlisco Recycled Carpet. The great variety of waste fabrics produces unique rugs, each with an enormous wealth of colour.

Phygital Virtuosity

Bastiaan de Nennie merges the digital and physical worlds. Objects from the pre-digital age are scanned, the scans are dissected and the components are used as building blocks for new digital creations. Objects are reused in a digital workshop, in a manner of speaking.

Black Gold

Quintus Kropholler ‘s Black Gold collection includes items made of asphalt. Asphalt consists of stone and bitumen. Bitumen is the material that is left over after the processing of crude oil. With this project, Kropholler wants to change the perception of the material. Unlike plastic and gasoline, this petroleum product has a long life and will probably outlive its source (petroleum). Kropholler also demonstrates that asphalt has an aesthetic value.