Design Academy Eindhoven
Dutch Design Week 2011
The Lightness in Lines collection by Studio WM was one of my favourite things that I saw at Dutch Design Week last month. Studio WM is made up of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates Wendy Legro and Maarten Collignon who formed the Rotterdam based studio last year. Featuring clean, simple lines and a fresh colour palette, their impressive new collection consists of lamps, chairs, sidetables and a desk that all play with optical weight and light.
My favourite piece is the Gradient lamp, shown above in the grapefruit colourway. Made from hand-blown glass, the Gradient lamp’s height can be easily adjusted using the matching braided pulley cord. The diffuser features a subtle gradient that fades from coloured opaque to a transparent glass.
Design fans may recognise the duos names from their DAE 2009 graduation projects, which both received a lot of online attention. Maarten exhibited his squishy Barbapouefs at the 2010 graduation show, while Wendy’s solar powered Morning Glory LED lights were exhibited in 2009.
Also look out for Wendy’s amazing ‘Too beautiful to hide’ hot water bottle which Dutch brand Droog launched this week.