Product, Design, Arnhem.

Design Residency, Emily Luce, 2017.

The Product Design Residency Program invited Emily Luce,a designer, artist, and researcher from British Columbia for the autumn residency period 2017. Emily received her MFA (Design) from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Canada). During her residency Emily developed project The Object is the Event and intiated workshops and collaborations with students. Presently, she serves as President of US-based non-profit DesignInquiry, works with environmental and arts-based clients across North America, has a visual+spatial art practice, and is one half of the collaboration Search & Research alongside her partner, Klehwetua Rodney Sayers.



Presentation, Composing the New Carpet, 2017.

During the Dutch Design Week a group of 1st year students had been selected to showcase their work at the exhibition Work in Progress, organised by Network Applied Design Research (NADR). The students developed new approaches within the research project Composing the New Carpet by the Centre of Expertise Future Makers ArtEZ working together with Modint, product designers, carpet manufacturers such as Bonar and WageningenUR. During the Dutch Design Week ArtEZ Centre of Expertise Future Makers showcased all finding by students and professionals who collaborated within the project. 

Supervised by Peter Traag and Jeroen van den Eijnde


Open Days, 2017.

In November, the department was open to the public. Open Days, during which applicants can visit the department and meet staff and students, are held each year. The department showcases work, films and installations from all 4 years in the study program. Those interested in studying at ArtEZ can talk to students and lecturers, and savour the atmosphere at the school. If you are considering applying for the program, please contact the department to stay informed of the orientation program, which includes orientation days with workshops, lectures and portfolio reviews.

Fieldworks, Sweden, 2017.

In October 2017 students and alumni from Artez and Khio Oslo were part of Masterglass: Poetic Domain. A cultural residence program in which students during the 6 days where guided through all stages of working with glass with the hotshop masters and glass artists at the Glass Factory in Boda Glasbruk Sweden. The students were part of a program that included, field trips, lectures and dialogues about the history and techniques of glass blowing surrounded by the typical forests of Småland which house many traditions and folklore, i.e. myths and legends. 

Participating students: Erik Lijzenga, Robert Marse, Hanna Kooistra, Jippe Liefbroer, Thomas van den Bliek, Bart van Dommelen, Thijs Swinkels, Mireille Steinhagen, Floor Nijdeken (alumnus PD 2013)

Initiated by Mark Sturkenboom and Cathelijne Engelkes. 

Dutch Design Week, 2017.

Product Design Arnhem presents the exhibition COMMON GROUND during the Dutch Design Week 2017, with diverse (nat/int) projects and selected graduation work to provide new insights, narratives and applications. Common Ground draws the attention towards interlinking the diversity in the department and the context that our students are working in.


The exhibition runs from Saturday 21 October till Sunday 29 October 2017, starting from 11:00 - 19.00


Temporary Art Centre (TAC) Vonderweg 1 5611BK Eindhoven


Exhibtion and Production Design Studio MetMet


Look out for the Volvo Design Rides with the XXL Snowglobe, design by Studio MetMet

Workshop, Summer session, 2017.

At the opening of the new study year we hosted the summer workshop in which ninety students were spread across four workgroups. The overal theme ‘Hinterland’ transferred various design interventions each reacting in its own specific way. Hinterland is a German word referring to remoteness within geography. Within our design work field it is essential to step into a sense of remoteness in order to re-think and re-do. Through elements such as inhabitable, unwearable, unthinkable and undesignated, students were disconnected from the existing and turned into explorers. We invited an experimental and professional team to facilitate a week of hands-on exploration. 


The workshops were led by Denise J. Reytan (DE), Frank Kolkman (NL), Emily Luce (CAN) and Cathelijne Engelkes (NL)

Studio Experience, Clarks, 2017.

A key signature of the department is that we collaborate and innovate through a strong bond between education and practice. By working with our industry partners students discover new territories. In September 2017 Thomas van den Bliek, Hanneke Klaver and Judith Muijs ( graduate students) returned from a week at the Clarks headquarters in Somerset (UK).


They had been selected from a collaborative footwear project and were invited to explore the company, work on prototypes and present the project that Clarks and Product Design have build up. We emphasise the importance of industry visits as a valuable way for students to gain knowledge and skills providing hands-on experience as well as practice-based learning.


Supervised by Marijke Bruggink

Finals, 2017.

The annual Finals show offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art and design practice. Each year, Product Design Arnhem invites a curator and two external examiners to work with the graduate students. During the Finals the audience has the opportunity to see where a new generation in all its diversity and exploration, is headed.

External examiners: Rianne Makkink, studio Makkink&Bey (NL) and Daniel Michalik, director Product Design, Parsons University NYC, (USA).


Finals 2017 

28 June - 2 July

Weekdays 10.00 - 20.30  

Weekend 11.00 - 17.00

Onderlangs 9, 6811LK, Arnhem

Presentation, Salon Product Design 17, 2017.

During the graduation week Finals 2017 the department organised the Salon Product Design for an invited group from (int)national industry, education and design practice. The first gathering Salon16 took place a year earlier to speak on the urgency, context and relevance within our changing work field. This start led to an inspiring evening enabling discourse and collaboration. Speakers at Salon17 connected their talks by speaking on the urgency of the social, ethical and political context we are living in. Speakers: Lovisa Minkiewicz  (NL), Frank Kolkman (NL),  Helen Carnac (UK), Daniel Michalik (USA) and Ed van Hinte (NL)

Presentation, BioDesign Challenge, 2017.

Jasmijn van der Weide, Jeroen van Kempen, Lovisa Minkiwicz, 2nd year students have been selected to present at the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) on 22-23 June in New York City. The Biodesign Challenge (BDC) is a university competition, that partners college students with scientists to envision new ways to harness living systems and biotechnology. The students have been working with professors, scientists, and subject-matter experts to explore the possible ways biotechnology may reshape our lives.


The group designed a  speculative context to open the debate between design, technology and ethics. The Par-tu-ri-ent project is about future parents and childbearing, with the possibility to grow and design your child in an external pod. By shifting the focus of the discussion from a purely scientific approach to a social approach, we can get a realistic impression of what the consequences of the progress of biotechnology and biodesign could be. 


The project was supervised by Katja Gruijters and Sander Luske. With support of Rolf Schoeber, Peter Traag and Judith van den Boom and Dr. Jeroen de Ridder & Dr. Wigard Kloosterman, Dr. Terry Vrijenhoek ,University Medical Center Utrecht, University Medical Center Utrecht, Emy Kool, Ethicist, University Medical Center Utrecht, Sos Astrup, Midwife, Hans Bergmans PhD, (retired) NIPHE, Actors Annebel Overbeeke, Harun Balci, Grace van der Zee.

Fieldworks, China, 2017.

In April 2017 we organised Fieldworks DustHack, a two week hands-on workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Dusthack was focussing on re-thinking, re-doing and re-searching into the past present and future of porcelain clay through rethinking the context, craft and local skills. Together with 10 students we worked in the studio, visited industry and craftsmanship to develop new insights. The workperiod Dusthack brings together cleverness, boldness and new approaches where participant are being exposed to a variety of skills and cultural context of clay. 

Students: Daniel Ge van der Hoek, Gijs Wouters, Lotte van der Westen, Stefan Theunissen, Nelis Claassen, Eva Sleger, Dirk Vaessen, Yvonne Smeets, Marieke Heesbeen. 

Supervised by Judith van den Boom

Design Residency, Thomas Grogan, 2017.

The Product Design Residency Program invited designer Thomas Grogan (RCA Design Interactions) from London for the April-June 2017 residency period. Thomas' work explores the use of ‘product hacking’ as a therapeutical instrument by subverting ready made objects through digital and physical interventions. During the residency, Thomas has experimented with ‘bas-relief ’, an ancient sculptural technique that, when adorning buildings and objects, praises the value of ornamentation in architecture and design. By using found 3D models as a main visual reference to create ‘bas-reliefs’, he has researched new ways to materialise the digital interpretation of our physical environment. 

Photocredit Juuke Schoorl.

View his work and processes:

Studio Experience, Internship, 2017.

Students complete an internship in the third year at a studio in the Netherlands or abroad. The goal of the internship is to stretch their understanding of the design field and to acquire new insights, methods and approaches in the professional field. In 2017 students choose a broad range of studio’s such as: studio Glithero, Pieke Bergmans, Jan Taminiau, Mara Skujeniece, Ted Noten, Bart Hess, Erik Klarenbeek and others.

Exhibition, Forms&Fictions, 2017.

A group of students have been selected to present their work ‘Forms & Fictions’ – in gallery Marzee in Nijmegen from 15 January until 22 March 2017. The work was presented in a group exhibition with int. participants from AdBK Nürnberg (DE). The work was developed in the first semester course Accessories + Context. Through dissecting and assimilating existing products, students developed their own view on jewellery and glasses.


The course is supervised by Renate Volleberg


Design Residency, (Un)known Collective, 2017.

The Product Design Residency Program has invited the design group (Un)Known Collective from London for the February-April 2017 residency period. Through this residency, design professionals work within the department for a specific period of time and build bridges between practice and education.


(Un)Known Collective is formed by Anne Vaandrager, Katy Shand and Charlotte Nordmoen - all alumni of Material Futures, Central Saint Martins. Their multi-disciplinary work is focused on using materiality to explore themes of social sustainability. (Un)Known’s design responses are research driven, and function is defined by provocation rather than pragmatic solutions. They are concerned with investigating socio-political issues and forming responses that challenge and question their audience. Together they bring experiences from textiles, filmmaking and digital fabrication.

Workshop, Footwear Design, Future Footwear, 2017.

In a two-week workshop, students are introduced to the practice of shoemaking and the entire process involved: responding to a brief and particular demands, various techniques and skills, use of (alternative) materials, and finally, the production and design of footwear. This workshop has a great appeal to the students, who enjoy exploring the working environment of designing footwear. This year, students worked on the theme of Future Footwear and explored future foot visions through form and function. The Footwear workshop, normally given by Lillian Sanderson, was hosted by Hendrickje Schimmel (UK) and Rosanne Bergsma under Lillian’s supervision.


Students involved in this project: Niels Awater, Frouke Engel, Chloe Geurts, Emma Hoogstede, Paul Hulsebosch, Jeroen van Kempen, Iris Megens, Lovisa Minkiewicz, Eva Slegers, Yvon Smeets, Jesper Spekenbrink, Mireille Steinhage, Dirk Vaessen, Floris de Vries, Jasmijn van der Weide, Grace van der Zee.

Workshop, Winter session, 2017.

At the start of each semester, the students in years 1,2,3 and 4 work together within thematic workshops for one week. The new year of 2017 started with a workshop week during which ninety students were spread across five workgroups. An experimental guest team was invited to facilitate a week of exploration on the notion of the body. The body takes up an important place within Product Design, as this field pursues a correlation between material, spatial and philosophical definitions. The meaning of the word “body” relates not only to ourselves as human beings, but just as much to the physical matter that surrounds us. The Beyond the Body workshop was focused on stating and shaping new ideas around the body: the physical, the material, the mystery, the mass and the mental.


The workshops were led by Bart Hess, Klaartje Martens, Joris Suk, Hendrickje Schimmel, Rosanne Bergsma, Marcel van Kan, Jochem Faudet and Willem van der Sluis. 

Cover, 2017.

In December the assessments of the first semester took place; students presented all results of their classes to the Product Design tutors. The presentations include final design work, but also research, theory and process components.


Part of this semester’s assessments was the Wearables course in year 2. Guided by the briefing ‘The Cover’, students explored various approaches of textile behaviour, involving research, modelling and associative abilities. The briefing requires students to design various surfaces through different methodologies. Students are free in their interpretation of the briefing, as well as in directing their own materials and technical development.


The course is supervised by Klaartje Martens.

Transition, Eventual Messaging, 2017.

Through the Transition program with 3rd year students, the departments Product Design, Graphic Design and Interaction Design formed a new alliance in order to map and investigate tomorrow’s work field. This years Transition theme was ‘Eventual Messaging’ where students explored alternatives to short-term solutionism, instant gratification and on-demand-everything. Eventual Messaging as opposed to Instant Messaging.


Over the course of 15 weeks students engaged with large and unwieldy issues spanning across extended time and space. Gathered into three categories; NOW/HERE, NEAR, and FAR, these projects, in various degrees, sidestep the purely utilitarian to also include: the imaginative, the hypothetical and the provocative. Each in their own way they provide us with fresh insight into the historical struggle between two competing human impulses: the desire to make a mark for future generations and a deep confusion about what exactly that mark should be.

The course was supervised by  Frank Kolkman