Another visible and dynamic studio to check out in these final days of Dutch Design Week is Michiel Martens and Jetske Visser.
The poetic duo’s studio is in the former warehouse again at Sectie-C simply known as “G” and is occupied by a carefully selected bunch of esteemed colleagues. “Having so much knowledge so close means we can turn a prototype around really fast without having to contact companies and wait,” says Visser regarding the advantages of working amongst so many other designers, a typical characteristic of the Eindhoven design scene.
Most recently Martens & Visser installed a permanent installation of their “Reflecting Holon” project in Citizen M hotel in Paris, which last year was one of the most shared images on social media during DDW16. For these they set a series of laminated strips of plastic spinning. They act like a prism, throwing out a rainbow effect.
In all their projects Martens & Visser remain committed to experimenting with simple materials. “Mostly we like to explore the physics of a material,” says Visser, “just holding it and watching what it does – how it moves, how it falls, what shapes it takes on with limited interference from us.”
For DDW17 “G” presents “Wunderkammer” – an unexpected mix of objects that speak for themselves, but fit together via a format – the line that holds this generation of designers together. There will also present their work for the collaboration between Dutch Invertuals and Luxaflex®, “Room on the Roof” at the Bijenkorf, the iconic Dutch department store, and with the always exceptional exhibition at Dutch Invertuals.