Sectie-C is a creative neighborhood on the east edge of Eindhoven in The Netherlands that shelters about 180 studios and workshops from young designers, artists and creative entrepreneurs. Situated in a former factory, the area is home to Design Academy graduates Nacho Carbonell, Massoud Hassani and Sander Wassink, among other young talented crafts men and women. We visited Sectie-C during Dutch Design Week to scope out new designs and find creative inspiration, and the design district did not disappoint. Read on to see what we found.
One of Inhabitat’s favorite inventors, Massoud Hassani took a studio at Sectie-C after graduating from the Design Academy four years ago with his famous landmine clearing project Mine Kafon. In a similar manner to his previous spherical device, his new cylindrical objects detonate bombs by rolling over landmines, yet this new design is intended for people to DIY from repurposed tires and other materials found at hand.
Trained as a sculptor, Lucie Jansen now makes surprising, poetic and practical designs. From her studio at Sectie-C she upcycles colored PET drink bottles into delightful glowing lamps.
Ruben der Kinderen also makes lights from recycled PET. To make his Blow Lamps, he first heats up a pre-form (PET tube) in an electric oven and blows it up by manually injecting air through a bike’s air pump, much like a glass blower might.
Daan Spanjer‘s stunning ‘Atmosphere‘ clocks illustrate the transitional qualities of color and time we experience throughout a day. Factors like juxtaposition, dust, water, geolocation and perspective determine the specific hues captured – like early morning horizons or the total darkness of midnight in most places.
Collaboration-O‘s Sander Wassink joined Luuk Van den Broek for his new project Stacked lights, a simplified, locally-crafted version of his previous pendants created along with fellow student Maayan Pesach. Also crafted from repurposed vintage glassware, the new designs incorporate an iridescent electro galvanized metal shade created by immersing the metal in a saline/zinc solution, along a zinc anode and a steel conductor, to then run a current of electricity that will help forming a stunning zinc-coating that will also protect the piece from corrosion.
Also from Sander Wassink is the ‘Freedom’ chaise lounge, commissioned by Designblok Prague, which makes us reconsider our ideas of beauty and aesthetic value. Using standard construction materials like bricks, rope and plastic sheeting, he turns attention to the discarded with a piece of furniture that is half-built and half-destroyed.
Mats Horbach‘s ‘Nothing Machine’ arises from a fascination with invisible networks and signals that are nonetheless omnipresent. Based on the crystal radio, this device catches a signal from the air and converts it into sound, thereby unveiling the excess energy we could use, but is instead constantly wasted.
Nacho Carbonell‘s left-hand man Kostas Lambridis‘ unveils ‘Splitting the Atom #1′, which reflects the designers’ Greek origins along with his passion for metalwork. Made from a charred-core olive tree trunk he found in a burnt forest, the table strikes a brilliant contrast with its smooth, sophisticated bronze top.
Also within an exhibition called OXI, by Justine Kontou & Club-C, we spotted Victor Sonna‘s ‘Secundum’ seat. This piece is comprised of an assemblage of vintage bronze pieces that got a second chance as a chair.
Arnout Meijer ‘Every Cylinder’ uses rows of LEDs and textured Pyrasied Xtreme Acrylic for a lamp that changes with one’s position in space. The light vectors are refracted by the material and rendered in relation to the human eye, creating magical cylindrical patterns.
Paul Streicher‘s ‘Plica’ is a DIY foldable canoe that combines traditional ways of manufacturing with a modern look. Made cheaply with wood, plastic sheeting and just a few screws, the flatpack design can be intuitively assembled in just a few minutes.
Claudia Glaser from Germany is fascinated by the emerging patterns of birch, European walnut or sycamore veneer that emerge through a backlight. Her Lying Lamp GretA highlights this effect and is combined with a 3D-printed element that connects the wooden shade with a cable that is elegantly hidden by knitted dried grass.
Spanish designer Nacho Carbonell unveiled the new version of his Library Chair, a seat for placing your thoughts inside each little box before taking a rest inside. A physical representation of one’s brain, the seat is crafted from a metal structure and has a renewable, processed cork skin.
And last but not least is Spanish designer Lucas Muñoz´s ‘Lap Seat’, which for many of us represents the first (human) chair we have ever sat on. Created out of Munoz’s student thesis work, ‘Bastardism’, we love it for its bold and eye-catching yet sweet aesthetics.
Photos © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat