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Dijken van Nederland is the definitive book on the Dikes of the Netherlands. LOLA Landscape Architects produced a staggering amount of research on dikes including the first definitive map showing all the dikes in the land and a detailed taxonomy of every type of dike.

HOUT/WOOD is an exhibition at Het Nieuwe Instituut about the material and the site it originates from: the forest. Our roles in making the exhibition ranged from spatial and graphic design to being editors and providing objects and materials to support the narrative.

HOUT/WOOD showcases works by Aldo Bakker, Eelco Brand, Charles & Ray Eames, Ernst van der Hoeven, Chris Kabel, Lex Pott, Cedric Price, Bethan Laura Wood, Lukas Oleniuk, Onix, SeARCH, Hendrik Wijdeveld, James Wines and others. Their work is presented in a context of historical, cultural and societal references.

The exhibition is on until the 10th of August 2014 at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. 

With: Dan Handel, Babette Zijlstra, Wendel ten Arve, Guus Beumer and Gert Staal.

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Means of Production as installed at Haus der Kulturen der Welt for TypoBerlin 2014. Means of Production is a travelling exhibition about designers that features works by graphic designers that question the tools and materials they use to produce their work. By coming up with experimental methods and custom machinery they push for unexpected outcomes that result in new forms and meanings.

Means of Production features work by Catalogtree, RAW Color, Hansje van Halem, Letterproeftuin, Moniker, Karl Nawrot, Jordy van den Nieuwendijk, Our Polite Society, Bertjan Pot, Hamid Sallali and Team Thursday.

We curated and designed Means of Production for The Dutch Embassy in Berlin.

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Cover for the catalogue of Now Japan, showcasing contemporary Japanese art at Kunsthal Kade in Amersfoort.

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Lost Landscapes is LOLA Landscape Architects’ philosophy on Landscape, Leisure and Nature, the publication is part of the Maaskant Prize that Lola recently won. Next to the trade edition there is also a special edition where the sides are printed with photos of landscapes. The sides make for a sort of triptych/polyptych depicting the different aspects of the landscape that Lola distinguish. 

For Lola Landscape Architects and nai010 publishers.

DAM Architectural Book Award 2014 Winner

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For Lost Landscapes we produced a series of panorama’s featuring elements of their practice.Such as lists of endangered and invasive species, dead landscape architects, expressive types of leisure and landscape manipulation techniques. Together with Lola Landscape Architects.

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Catalogue for Now Japan, showcasing contemporary Japanese art at Kunsthal Kade in Amersfoort. Printed on thin paper with only every other page full-colour.

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A selection of our photography as used in the upcoming NOW JAPAN catalogue for Kunsthal KAdE. This series functions as a soft outro in the book. As the book concerns contemporary Japanese art and the notion of ‘superflat’ that artist Haruki Murakami coined to describe Japanese society we thought it a stirring gesture to also add, in the form of this set of holiday pictures, a western gaze that is practically only able to skim the surface of things.

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Messageboard for Ester van de Wiel’s de Tuinfabriek at Call of the Mall at Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht.

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Flag for Ester van de Wiel’s de Tuinfabriek at Call of the Mall at Hoog Catharijne in Utrecht.

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‘Framing Perpetrators - A Proposal’ is a booklet made in honour of Israeli filmmaker Eyal Sivan who was artist in resident at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam in the Fall of 2012. 

Eyal Sivan is concerned with the representation of the perpetrator and the project aims to frame the figure of ‘the perpetrator’ beyond geographies, cultures, political regimes, historical events, and faith. We took the notion of a physiologicalblind spot as a visual metaphor to either obscure the perpetrator or the context where he or she is in in a picture. 

A series of different perps is used as a stand-alone visual essay to accompany the interview Suzanne Wallinga had with Eyal Sivan in Paris.

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The 19th of November 2012 or our entry in De Grote Rotterdamse Kunstkalender 2012. Hailing from our interest in the question of ‘display’ in general and Edward Collier’s letter racks in particular we are working on several prototypes of notice-boards. Please keep an eye out for any progress on the matter through this website.

Research
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Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Business-cards for De Stem van West, which translates to something like The Voice of West, although in English we miss out on the nice alliteration in the title. De Stem van West is a web-radio station for an art in public space project in Utrecht West. For this project we have developed the name, the identity and an online platform which will be released soon.

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Series of cahiers for exhibitions in KAdE. A general cover, made of cardboard and a foil print, is combined with an A4 sheet for each edition. The second edition, the Francis Upritchard cahier, was designed by Abake

Publications
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Identity for Werkplaats Buijtenland, a project by Ester van de Wiel.

Tools
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Werklandschap EET was an exhibition that was part of Utrecht Manifest.

Identities
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Poster for the exhibition Sunset in TAG.

Identities
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The Dots, magazine presenting Dutch designers at the Salone del Mobile Milan 2012.

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Garage Rotterdam is a new gallery space for contemporary art in Rotterdam. The main feature of the identity is the logotype that is specifically designed to work as a large neon sign on the elevated wall facing the street. Curator Hans van der Ham has already put together five beautiful group-shows featuring artists like Nathaniel Mellors, Hans op de Beeck, Henk Visch, Georg Bohle and Marie Aly.

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Kokyogaien, Tokyo, Japan

The Dots, a magazine for promoting Dutch Design abroad. We focused on the functionality of finding a certain venue. With multiple maps, schedules and cross-references it should make it hard to get lost. In addition we added a visual essay contrasting designer furniture as depicted in original advertising with contemporary pictures on second-hand websites like eBay and Marktplaats.

For Connecting the Dots, published autumn 2011, with Anna Kraus.

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Werkplaats Buijtenland is a project by Ester van de Wiel in the Polder Buijtenland south of Rotterdam. It aims to develop recreation in this area by connecting to existing activities. By setting up a cooperative and providing tools it tries to grow a recreative program that is supported locally. How the website looks is informed by the weather in Buijtenland. The different graphic elements on the website are variable depending on the actual temperature, windspeed and circumstances. 

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Catalogue for the exhibition Meissen / SO-IL in KAdE.

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Grimm-Bibliothek, Berlin

Research

Graphic Design of the magazine Connecting the Dots, showcasing the presentations of Dutch Designers at the Salone del Mobile Milan 2010.

Magazines
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Newspaper for the travelling exhibition ‘The Architecture of Consequence’ for the NAi. Editions were published in São Paulo, Moscow, Mumbai, Baku and Oslo.

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Stamp design for the ‘Muziek in Nederland’ sheet. The subject of this half is singing in relation to Europa Cantat in Utrecht that was held in 2009. We didn’t want to express singing through an illustration and instead opted to forego the briefing a bit and proposed a typographic design that featured three starting sentences of well-known songs. Hopefully the user of the stamp finishes the song herself. 

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Screen Green' from the Beijing Image Building Series.

The building pits in Beijing are hidden from sight by giant billboards, most of them filled with advertising. In particular the new subway stations built to be completed in 2008 are obscured from street view by hundreds of meters of prints depicting full-colour pictures of lush parks and greens. On top of this the impression of depth is enhanced by preceding the printed screen by a strip of real trees and bushes. Around the corner of Tianmen square, one of the most photographed spots in Beijing, the ministry of public security also utilises a green screen. A small strip of green backed up by huge billboards with pictures of the same trees obscure whats behind with an enjoyable illusion.

In 2007 we were in a artist-in-residency in Beijing right next door to the studio of Ai WeiWei. We were interested in how Beijing was gearing up for the Olympics of 2008 and gathered impressions of a city trying to look its best. This phase of ‘under construction’ gave us the ability to circumvent the impression that was intended, and enabled us to see behind the scenes of city-scale image building. This resulted in a series of business-cards, the exchange of which is a modern Chinese ritual we found. Also the parallel meaning of introducing and asking for business is a apt metaphor for Beijing working on its Olympic appearance.

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