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Reputations: Irma Boom

Reputations: Irma Boom

Interview Commissioned by Eye Magazine, London, July 2014 - In a time when print is under attack one might assume designer Irma Boom (b.1960) would be hurting, yet she is thriving as never before.
Tromsø: creativity at arctic temperatures

Tromsø: creativity at arctic temperatures

To celebrate the launch of WorksThatWork 3, Peter Bilak, Ted Whang and Anne Miltenburg are going to Tromsø, Norway, to present the new edition of the magazine, as well as scout stories of survival under extreme conditions.
Tropicana

Tropicana

For an article for WorksThatWork I recently visited urban farmers who are growing mushrooms in an abandoned subtropical water park in Rotterdam. I invited photographer by Marleen Sleeuwits to come along. The Tropicana story and photo reportage will appear in WTW No.3, planned for March 2014.
Gangnam Style

Gangnam Style

“What is that word before the city name? Gang gang?” my mother asks over a distorted skype line, while she is filling out an address label for a licorice filled envelope that she will send to my new address in Seoul.
Paul's friend - a profile of Stefan Sagmeister

Paul’s friend – a profile of Stefan Sagmeister

“Do you know who I am?” Stefan Sagmeister asked, when I was introduced to him at a design party in Rotterdam six years ago. “Yes, you’re Paul’s friend.” I replied, referring to a common acquaintance. Perhaps I wanted to make a personal connection; perhaps I didn’t want to give him...
Turn off the Dark

Turn off the Dark

  This July I teamed up with architect Matteo Ferroni to present his project ‘Foroba Yelen’ at HUB Amsterdam: a lighting system he developed for communities in Mali, Africa. Ferroni presented his project, illustrated with amazing videos shot on location, and his own hand drawn studies. To draw out more insights...
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The Writing on the Wall

The Writing on the Wall

We see G. standing in the middle of the bus lane, in an immaculate pin striped suite, and a light blue shirt (no tie), without anything on him: no jacket, no bag, and by the looks of it, not even a wallet.
Violence and the City

Violence and the City

What happens when you ask the design curator of New York’s Moma and a San Diego based architect to talk about cities and violence?
Design in Space

Design in Space

Nelly Ben Hayoun has been called the ‘Willy Wonka of design and science’ and she is on a mission to bring chaos, subversion and disorder to the design and the scientific world.
Live Reporting from WhatDesignCanDo

Live Reporting from WhatDesignCanDo

On Thursday 7th and Friday the 8th of May, we will be reporting live from What Design Can Do, on several speakers in the breakout sessions.
Tiny innovations

Tiny innovations

A bodywarmer for piglets? Is this serious? It certainly is, and it is saving pig’s lives and farmer’s money. It is an odd and little known fact, that an animal as synonymous with thick skin as the pig often starts its life at risk of hypothermia.
A foam-free future

A foam-free future

Expanded-foam plastics could be a thing of the past thanks to mushroom insulation that is sustainable and safe.
Empty office turned into house of dreams

Empty office turned into house of dreams

In Amsterdam, affordable homes are scarce, while at the same time, empty office buildings are a dime a dozen. Architects Space&Matter and Blauwhoed developers spotted an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, and this spring they are launching Crowdbuilding, a platform for community driven redevelopment.
A new series of Artefacts

A new series of Artefacts

For the third issue of WorksThatWork, I've scouted stories for the Artefacts section from Chili, Canada, Colombia, the Netherlands, the US and Northern Ireland.
Fair photography treats all world models alike

Fair photography treats all world models alike

‘Why are people from developing countries rarely compensated for the use of their portraits the way people in the west are,’ photo agency director Bas van Beek asked himself after receiving a claim from an Indian model.