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Sheltersuit is a wearable shelter for homeless people
"Homelessness is a global problem and Sheltersuit, as we see it, is a solution that fits in any country," says designer Bas Timmer.
Students explore death through a video game and our fascination with fake goods
We spotlight the work of two graduates from the University of the Underground which was started by Dr Nelly Ben-Hayoun.
Established in 1997, Frame is the world’s leading media brand for interior-design professionals.
Frame Lab aims to catalyse the future of interior design
The event will takes place over two days and explore innovation in retail, hospitality, shows, institutions, work and residences.
Lucas De Man uses art to help bring more social cohesion to our cities
His latest project called EYE humanises the anonymous city by giving it eyes and offering visitors new perspectives.
The Frame Awards 2019 will honour the world’s best interiors
The international jury includes former Design Indaba speaker, Yinka Ilori.
Art collective tells painful stories of the displaced
Foundland Collective uses research, art and design to track the traumatic stories of people affected by forced migration.
Meet Dutch designer, artist and entrepreneur, Joris Laarman
“I don’t do things with a goal in my head. I just do them to discover things.”
Top 10 Creative Crowdfunding Projects | February 2018
We've scoured the web for compelling creative campaigns around the globe that you might want to support in their quest for funding. Have a look!
London-based experience designer on the University of the Underground
Nelly Ben Hayoun teaches students how to engineer situations, to design experiences and challenge structures of power.
Wasted reimagines how we deal with urban trash
Amsterdam-based CITIES Foundation has used plastic as currency for two years. Now they’ve added paper, textiles and glass.
Swiss-born Rafael Kouto wants to dewesternise fashion
"The next big thing in fashion is open source and engagement of the consumer in the creative process."
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 portraits of China's visually impaired children, many of whom were abandoned during the one-child policy.
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
The Current collection integrates solar energy in everyday objects
The Current Table by Dutch design studio Caventou uses solar-integrated glass to generate energy from light in a process similar to photosynthesis.
Erik Kessels on the power of failure
Do not fear failure; move towards your mistakes. Dutch advertising guru Erik Kessels shares some industry wisdom at the Design Indaba Conference.
Erik Kessels: In advertising, ideas are more important than craft
Erik Kessels believes that in advertising, ideas are more important than craft and that to stay creatively stimulated you have to be a hybrid.
Lava Lab on the millennial renaissance
Members of Amsterdam-based studio Lava Lab, Cecilia Martin and Klasien van de Zandschulp are risk takers with a deliberately disruptive approach to work.
Sistaaz of the Castle: Colourful transgender fashion in Cape Town
Dutch artists Jan Hoek and Duran Lantink depict transgender sex workers in bouyant fashions.
Minimising waste with the Flax Chair
Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma proves furniture can carry both stylistic and ecological integrity.
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