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Tapping into the limitless creativity of children
IKEA turns strange & colourful kids’ drawings into real toys.
Fashion is sustainable when it's DIY
Dutch designer Vera de Pont presented her project on DIY fashion and the future of the industry as one of the Design Indaba Global Graduates 2016.
Plastic Utopia by photographer Henri Blommers
This Netherlands-based photographer captures human waste within nature.
IKEA is a proud supplier of Design Indaba Festival 2017 and are working in collaboration on a new Africa design collection due to launch in 2019.
The eccentric ways modern designers are telling the time
This peculiar collection of timepieces makes the hours fly by.
Isabel Mager is an investigative and critical designer based in the Netherlands. Her work investigates culture and structures of power.
The Why Factory: Future-making machine
Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV and The Why Factory, is the kind of architect who constantly asks, “What if..?” Maas will be speaking at Design Indaba 2017.
Architect and urban designer Winy Maas is a co-founder of Rotterdam-based architecture studio MVRDV and The Why Factory.
University of the Underground: Learn deviance in creativity
Experience designer and everyday astronaut, Nelly Ben Hayoun launches the University of the Underground to train up young designers as creative soldiers.
Lernert & Sander: Smells like Everything
Artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander create exquisitely detailed conceptual films. Subjects include the smell of everything and the sound effects of fashion.
Lernert & Sander
Dutch artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander are known for their installations and high-conceptual art films.
Art that creates empathy for China's visually impaired children
"Like a Pearl in my Hand" is a series of heat-sensitive portraits of China's visually impaired children, many whom were abandoned during the one-child policy.
Three smart, life-saving designs for kids
Recent advancements in technology have beefed up rescue solutions.
Check out these unorthodox bridges from around the world
From the Netherlands to China, architects are envisioning increasingly imaginative pathways.
All Dutch trains now run on wind energy
The European country has reached its goal a little earlier than planned.
Tech-infused jacket allows speedy donations for the homeless
The meeting point between being a good samaritan and 21st-century convenience is here.
Spying on a thief in this fascinating documentary
Film student Anthony van der Meer made a documentary tracking his stolen phone and the thief who stole it
Alive by Juno Jeon
The Netherlands-based designer enlivens his furniture pieces through movement
Student designs hardware for our emotions
Opening up with the help of Tools for Therapy.
Salvaging construction waste with StoneCycling
This Dutch startup collects demolition debris and recycles it for new buildings.
Under the Same Sun: Albinism and breaking down superstitions
Award-winning photographer Marinka Masséus raises awareness through visual art.
Redefining solar power from architectural eyesore to civic monument
Frederik Deschuytter questions: Why would we install solar power tech in remote places when the sun also shines in the city?
Van Eijk & Van Der Lubbe are changing space with influential design
Dutch design duo Miriam van der Lubbe and Niels van Eijk talk us through some of their most influential projects.
The Human Ivory Collection by Lucie Majerus
Designer turns teeth into jewellery as a statement on the illegal ivory trade.
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