Hôtel Droog's graduate show
11 talented graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven present their work in the lobby of the Amsterdam hotel
For its latest exhibition, Amsterdam's Hôtel Droog takes a look at the works of 11 graduates from the Design Academy Eindhoven – examining their final projects and the inspirations behind them.
The show presents a selection of young graduated Master students, that received a degree in Social Design, Information Design and Contextual Design respectively.
"Responding to the fast emerging territory for design practice, the alumni redefine creativity across disciplines," – Hôtel Droog
One student on show, Elisa Otañez, presents her Yellow Spot mobile toilet. There is one public toilet for women for every ten urinals for men. To make a statement and present a solution for this problem at the same time, Otañez presents The Yellow Spot. Mobility is important in order to perform as a protest artefact and to be used to campaign, demanding toilets for women.
Thomas Stratmann addresses another current issue with his Arson Archive. It’s a collection of more than 400 arson attacks against refuge accommodations since East and West Germany’s reunion in 1990. In a refreshing and confronting way Stratmann shows us hatred and violence against refugees might be a bigger issue than we realize through anonymous numbers.
Anna Aagaard Jensen, on the other hand, is worried about how women can claim more space both literally and metaphorically speaking. Our contemporary Western society is represented through images – constantly exposing us to and imposing onto us standards and ideals. The chair Jensen designed encourages a more unconventional attitude in posture and body language. Through this act of sitting, women will feel empowered. For women only.
Other works in the exhibition are by Siri Bahlenberg, Ellie Birkhead, Minji Choi, Erika Emerén, Annika Felder, Robert Johnson, Camilo OliveIra, and Hala Tawil.
The show is free and open to the public from 4 to 30 September.