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Eindhoven’s cultural heartbeat Eindhoven’s cultural heartbeat
July 15th, 2010

The New York Times’ Alice Rawsthorn was recently in Eindhoven, to be a guest examiner at the Masters Projects show earlier this month. In her article she praises the inspired approach our graduands take towards design – notions such as using the power of viruses for good, or developing a fungus that will break down plastic. And even more: “The process of co-designing, customization, design democracy, participation, individualization and whatever else it is called is one of the most important themes in contemporary design,” says Rawsthorn.


Crossing boundaries Crossing boundaries
July 8th, 2010

Marc Maurer (1969), architect, has been on the scene for a good decade, almost two. His secret to looking so young for his years may be his approach to creativity – which requires collaboration and a playful approach to an aspect of life that he takes very seriously. But like all those young at heart, he’s most interested in pushing the envelope.


Eindhoven in Dezeen’s Top 10 Bicycles Eindhoven in Dezeen’s Top 10 Bicycles
July 2nd, 2010

Couldn’t resist giving VanBerlo, of Eindhoven a plug. Featured at number 4 of Dezeen’s Top 10 Bicycles, the Batavia Utility Bike won a gold iF award (very nice) and has a frame inspired by a paperclip.
These Dutchies, so practical!


“We are performing culture” “We are performing culture”
June 30th, 2010

It is hot today within the flimsy walls of La Città Mobile, but it doesn’t stop a small group of thirty or so curious Eindhoven residents from gathering to discuss “adapative reuse” of local buildings. A pithy topic, perhaps, on a very sticky Sunday afternoon. This session marks the beginning of an ongoing dialogue. I feel uplifted that such a discussion has come into being. I have started this blog to document creativity and cultural happenings in Eindhoven. So, I come to watch it happen in real life.


Exceptional human beings Exceptional human beings
June 25th, 2010

From my perch on the restaurant terrace at the Van Abbe museum this afternoon, I spy Matylda; a tiny neat figure in white and grey, bustling through the glass atrium. From that distance we instinctively wave at each other – vigorously. She comes out onto the deck and rushes towards me, a friend of hers, Fabian, in tow. Never before have I met a complete stranger who kisses me three times and greets me warmly, like an old friend.


Siphoning identity – Sue Williamson Siphoning identity – Sue Williamson
June 18th, 2010

I had the esteemed honour of meeting South African artist and writer, Sue Williamson at an MU lecture this evening. The purpose of her talk was to give context to the current exhibition at MU, … For Those Who Live in It – ‘it’ being possibly “a globalised metropolis”, “a cutting edge art scene” or “a context existing in dynamic tension with the effects of politics, economics, culture and history,” according to the exhibition notes. What does it mean to be young/black/white/gay/straight/an artist today, in South Africa? What does it mean for South Africans or for anyone else who wants to know? An intimate group of 30 very engaged audience members drank in the images and stories that Sue proffered.


For those who live in it For those who live in it
June 18th, 2010

Tonight South African critic and author Sue Williamson will give a lecture, at 8pm in the MU in de Witte Dame, on the recently produced South African Art Now. ” …. for those who live in it” in the broader context of contemporary art and pop culture in South Africa. She is something of a hero to a South African friend of mine – look forward to hearing Sue speak.


I am not an illustrator I am not an illustrator
June 17th, 2010

“If I look back, the drawings have become more detailed. Not focused on the dog anymore, but on his surroundings. The only things you can alter are if his eye is pointing up or down, or moving his tail. If you want to give a message about what you’re drawing, it comes from the environment. So he’s actually been getting smaller and smaller as I’ve gone on.” Patray Lui, not an illustrator.


A piece of the Berlin DMY A piece of the Berlin DMY
June 16th, 2010

Last week on Friday 11 June, Berlin announced the International Design Festival 2010 DMY winners For use/numen: Tape Installation, Daphna Isaacs & Laurens Manders: Tafelstukken and EPFL+ECAL Lab: Give me more. Congratulations to Eindhoven locals, Daphna Isaacs & Laurens Manders!


Something to talk about Something to talk about
April 13th, 2010

This week, the Milan Furniture Fair – Salone di Mobile – is on with all its glamour, cocktail parties and desiiiiiiign, darling. Does the world need another chair?, that’s the question. I actually do need one for my new office, but I can only afford one from Ikea.


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