Irene Vermeulen

 

Irene is founder of craftscurator.com and is specialized in handmade design. She is based in Amsterdam, but travels the globe to spot the latest trends in handmade and sustainable design. With crafts exporters as well as importers, brands and retailers, she works on developing new products for the interior. The Craftscurator Trend Guide on handmade design is published every year. Irene regularly gives presentations on design and sustainability, and guides co-creation workshops.

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Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week’s Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

Sustainable Design Shines at Milan Design Week’s Ventura Lambrate Exhibition

Studio Makkink & Bey designed a cheese maker for Imperfect Design, which consists of 9 different elements crafted of wood, ceramics, copper, and iron, respectively. The designers worked with

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The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

The Best Green Designs from Salone Satellite at Milan Design Week

MaterialConnexion is a material library with the latest innovations for design schools, architects, and creatives to use for inspiration and exploration. It also includes a wide range of

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Top 10 Green Products from Design Indaba 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

Top 10 Green Products from Design Indaba 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa

Goodbye Malaria pajama pants are made from locally manufactured South African shweshwe fabric. Proceeds from sales go to help support the fight against malaria in Africa. This recycled

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Foodmade: Designers Turn Food Into a New Medium for Industrial Design

Foodmade: Designers Turn Food Into a New Medium for Industrial Design

A/R Studio considers bread to be the most essential of materials. They created Pain Brut, a nest and shelter for birds that doubles as a source of food. Design duo Lanzavecchia and Wai

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The Most Inventive Green Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

The Most Inventive Green Designs at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

A collective of designers working under the name of Slowd is collaborating with craftsmen to explore different, more sustainable ways to manufacture products. Nicola Dalla Costa worked with

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Design Students Show Off Their Creative Prowess at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

Design Students Show Off Their Creative Prowess at Ventura Lambrate During Milan Design Week 2013

These organic-shaped ceramic bowls are actually precise measuring cups, corresponding to commonly used volumes in cooking recipes. The shapes refer to the mound of spices found in markets. Salt

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Traditional Crafts Merge with Contemporary Design at the Triennale Design Museum During the Milan Furniture Fair

Traditional Crafts Merge with Contemporary Design at the Triennale Design Museum During the Milan Furniture Fair

Rong in Chinese means melting and fusion. This notion is at the core of the ‘Handmade in Hangzhou’ exhibition. 13 designers have deconstructed the traditional crafts of Hangzhou and applied

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Designers Experiment with Green Materials and Methods at Fabbrica del Vapore During Milan Design Week 2013

Designers Experiment with Green Materials and Methods at Fabbrica del Vapore During Milan Design Week 2013

Good vibes at the Fabbrica del Vapore, a creative hotspot, that seemed to be fully dedicated to green design this week. Tommaso Mancini presented the Ortobrick, a clay soil brick

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Imperfect Design’s Beautiful Home Decor Combines Dutch Design and Traditional Craftsmanship

Imperfect Design’s Beautiful Home Decor Combines Dutch Design and Traditional Craftsmanship

From recycled glass vases from Guatemala to skillfully crafted lacquerware trays from Vietnam, the hand of the maker is always visible in the products of Imperfect Design. Dutch designers, such

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From Slum to Salone: Designer Pepe Heykoop to Launch New Reclaimed Leather Candelabras at Milan Design Week

From Slum to Salone: Designer Pepe Heykoop to Launch New Reclaimed Leather Candelabras at Milan Design Week

Carrying a load of leather candelabras in his suitcase, Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop just got back from Mumbai, India. In the slums of the city, he worked with 15 craftswomen in creating

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