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HIMACS: Dutch Design Week – Transitions II

HIMACS returns to the Dutch Design Week

Dutch designers once again display the magic of HIMACS. Following a successful first edition of the exhibition Transitions, Baars & Bloemhoff – distributor of HIMACS in The Netherlands - has once again invited six promising designers to imagine and shape materials in ‘Transitions II’. The results will be on show in Broeinest at Strijp-S during the Dutch Design Week.

Sabine Marcelis, one of the most promising Dutch designers of the moment, who has been invited to take part on the event, has chosen HIMACS for her new collection of lamps ‘FILTER’.

FILTER – light up everything – by Sabine Marcelis

FILTER consists of a series of lamps that play with the filtering of light. “During my visit to the materials library of Baars & Bloemhoff I was quickly prompted to start working with their solid surface material HIMACS. This natural acrylic stone comprises a huge diversity of decors and colour collections that vary in visual density, composition and layering. In my work I often experiment with the manipulation of a light source and I continued this key theme for FILTER. I started by playing with the material, varying it in thickness and texture, for instance, and then started illuminating it”, says Sabine Marcelis. To this end, she combined HIMACS with moulded resin in various colours. Patterns and colours in the core of the material that are hidden when the light source is switched off then come alive and literally come to light in FILTER when the source is switched on.

The lamp collection features the following HIMACS colours: Star Queen, Opal, Gemini and Arctic Granite.

Sabine Marcelis works with a strong focus on materials in the field of product design, installations and spatial design. Her clear aesthetic vision is much appreciated in the collaborations she conducts with industry specialists. Since setting up her studio, works by Marcelis have been exhibited in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris. She works with Victor Hunt Design-Art Dealer (BE), Etage Projects (DK), Side Gallery (SP) and Gallery Bensimon (FR).

The lamp collection can be seen at the exhibition ‘Transitions’ during the Dutch Design Week.


BLACK – Subtle colour nuances in black – by studio rENs

Studio rENs is absolutely fascinated by material, form and colour, and how these three factors interact during a process of design. For Transitions II, designers Renee Mennen and Stefanie van Keijsteren took on the colour black. BLACK is designed as a large modular set of ‘building blocks’ that centres around the colour black. The ultimate objects can be combined with each other at will, thus allowing movement between material and form.

BLACK turned out to be a pleasant surprise. We made a pre-selection from the huge range of black materials in the Baars & Bloemhoff product range, among which is HIMACS in the shades Black and Black Pearl, and noticed that the nuances in black, and the accompanying surface structures, result in a very subtle but wonderful contrast, which lets you experience the colour and materials afresh.”

Studio rENs designs on the basis of research. Working from its base in Eindhoven the studio initiates projects in which colour often plays a key role. Can porcelain colour itself? Can someone’s life story be translated into a tapestry? Studio rENs collaborates with Cor Unum, Desso, Canon and the TextielMuseum.

Discover the making of ‘BLACK’ by studio rENs in the "media available" section down below. 

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Transitions II‘ - Dutch Design Week

22 – 30 October 2016

Broeinest in the Glasgebouw at Strijp-S

Torenallee 45


Location Broeinest, Strijp-S, Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven.
Architecture & Design Sabine Marcelis - Studio rENs
Material used Star Queen, Opal, Gemini, and Arctic Granite - Black and Black Pearl.
Fabrication Solid Factory
Photo Credit © Ronald Smiths
Other Distributor : Baars & Bloemhoff
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