● Nienke Hoogvliet, NL
We live in a world where we have lost many connections. Connection to each other, our society, the products we use, our surroundings, our nature. At Studio Nienke Hoogvliet we work on restoring the harmony in these connections. How can we face current issues with curiosity and optimism? And how can design contribute to restoring the balance between humans and nature, so wholeness is created? The core of (over)consumerism and climate change lies in the problem that materials and products are no longer valued for their true value. Can transparency contribute to solving this problem? And what is the role of the designer in this?
Studio Nienke Hoogvliet is a design studio for material research, experimental and conceptual design based in The Netherlands. They use design as a tool to shape harmony between humans, society, and nature. Therefore they research materials like seaweed and fish skin, but also look further. How can we value these new materials, objects or products? They collaborate and experiment together with experts, scientists, or craftsmen in order to visualize their message and include as many different perspectives as possible. The work of Studio Nienke Hoogvliet has been exhibited worldwide in institutions like Centre Pompidou, Paris, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, New York, and Victoria & Albert Museum, London.