In my designs I always try to balance on the edge of raw and minimal, function and esthetics.
With the Globe chair I combined hardwood with plywood hold together by a metal frame. While the hardwood shows more the raw nature of the wood with details such as mortise and tenon connections, the seating is more light and sensitive. The flexibility of the seating and the segments make sure that they adjust to the user sitting in it which creates the comfort.
this is a working prototype , but im working on improved versions
Cosentino design challenge 2014
Winner 1st prize of the annual Cosentino Design Challenge in 2014. The competition asked students to come up with new conceptual approaches to the layout of spaces, materials and the construction systems that define them, using materials made by Cosentino. Over 200 entries were submitted for the 2014 competition, with 72 projects in the architecture category and 140 projects in the design category.
Birch & Walnut chess
A chess set made from Birch and Walnut.
During my exchange in Stockholm I learned to be more patient and precise by playing chess. It started out as a fun way to kill time while waiting for flights, or as a social game during a coffee. With a very good workshop available at Konstfack ( art academy ) I used my spare time to develop my skills in the woodworkshop. After all the social games of chess in many inventive ways I decided to reate my own chess set. Together with a spanish designer who also had his exchange at Konstfack we designed a modern chess set from Birch and walnut, A high end wood and a cheaper wood creating a good contrast between the playable teams while still being woods which are perfect to shape.
Collaboration with Cristian Paredes
A concrete desk consisting of 3 main objects. Two trestles and the plateau of concrete. In the mold we putted plastic foil normally used fot lettering. I had a lot of experience with plastic. In the companies I worked I experienced that nothing realy sticks to plastics unless it's the plastic itself. By using this foil The concrete is easily released from the mold and because of the texture of the foil, the concrete feels smooth and reflects the light very well. Because of the 3 parts the table is easier to transport. The pine wood and the concrete create a more natural look together and the contrast of high tech against the raw concrete is pleasing for the eye
The table is custom made and was exposed in the Bijenkorf during the Dutch Design Week. Last year 2012.
Measurements.: 180 x 75 x 75
Collaboration with Ruben van Houten
AFGEZAAGD is an event to give leftover wood a new purpose instead of burning it away. A lot of wood is thrown away but still good to use. It’s not only about scrapwood also tropical hardwood which is never used! We’re saving a shipping container of this beautiful and valuable material in order to give the wood a new life given by participants of the event.
Workshops for curious people will open up! Possibilities on making yourself a design with left-over wood from our shipping container. Craftsman will be there to help out or simply to answer some handy questions
Luuk van Laarhoven Dagmar erla jonasdottir Mies Loogman
This project is based on the process of plants growing and erosion. When you cut off a branch, the plant will just grow a different direction. We found a way to control an uncontrollable material like, Soft-foam by using wet-clay molds and organic textures. We chose for an uncontrollable artificial material to explore our material knowledge.
We started mixing soft-foam with other materials like stones, concrete, plaster and clay. We noticed that foam was not sticking to clay. From this moment we started to use clay as a mold.
We experimented with LED techniques inside the foam and we show how to use the foam in furniture or in daily objects.
Collaboration with Bouke Bruins
a barstool made of larch wood and concrete. It is inspired by one of the processes of nature: Erosion. As for the living stone Michiel is inspired by nature and natural behavior, For the barstool he added the behavior of wood in it. When you look at mountains, temples and trees you can see that both stone and wood have an interesting relationship with each other.
Wood will always be dominant and pierce throught stone if it has to. Where men tried to be dominant of Nature with building temples , It is interesting to see that nature will take over at some point. To translate this He gave the wood the function to support your legs, support the stone and to create a more natural look in colours and material combination. They are made with different carvings and different approaches with the wood.
Michiel van Gageldonk started exploring the world since his 19th, While on an internship abroad,he used his camera as a tool to explore his surroundings.this is a serie of his Inspiration and experience in all kind of forms.
In November 2011 Michiel won first price with a photobook competition from Kruidvat with his Book about his Internship in Thailand because of his keen eyes for detail, sensitive portraits and combinations and composition of pictures.
Since then He is still visually exploring cities , cultures and materials.