The annual Dutch Design Week wrapped up on October 27 and designer Max Lipsey reported to Co.Design from Eindhoven on some of the most compelling work that he saw. Above: Akko Goldenbeld made a, "mind-bending table by laminating concentric strips of paper, wood, copper, and brass," Lipsey says. "Terribly time-consuming, but a really stunning tabletop."

"From a distance the table looks like the center of a tree trunk. But if you look closer you will discover the splices of metal integrated in the year rings," Goldenbeld says. It's also meant to surprise in a tactile sense: "Touch the massive non-homogeneous shape and you will feel an irresistibly smooth surface."

Young design collective Objects Presents created Objects To Play in a large industrial space.

More funhouse than serious product presentation, the intent of Objects To Play was to create a novel sensory experience for visitors.

"A smart use of construction scrim in this light, and the open space, made for a very magical installation," Lipsey says.

Time Machine by Frank Winnubst is a clock that eschews standard time-telling. A silver marble moves from block to block, completing the rotation twice a day. The idea, per the artist, is to create an appreciation of daily routines and value our time.

The Upholstery Family, by Susanne De Graef, consists of a single chair frame, with several cushion and fabric options. "The skins can be changed by the consumer themselves when they feel the need for change and would like something fresh in their homes," De Graef says on her site.

David Derken's portfolio is filled with geometry and a satisfying kind of symmetry.

But for these plates, Derken left the final design up to chance: "It's a pendulum drizzling paint, swinging over a set of the plates," Lipsey says of the work, "a simple idea that creates surprising and attractive lines."

Designer Dirk Vander Koolj opened his studio for the week.

"It's amazing what he has achieved in a short time," Lipsey says of Vander Koolj's latest wares. "The pieces are immaculately finished, and his professionalism is inspiring."

These wooden house-shaped wine stoppers, from Daphna Laurens, are sweet, practical, and easily likable. But Lipsey says he picked them in part because of Laurens' larger set up during Design Week--call it a housing project?

"This installation at 'Eat Drink Design' was kind of magical," Lipsey says. "Hundreds of the little houses were perfectly installed under a square skylight. The lighting on the field of homes was surreal."

Co.Design

The Best Of Dutch Design Week, From A Pro

Industrial designer and infallible eye Max Lipsey delivers this year's (refreshingly tech-free) highlights from Holland.

Every fall, designers and curators (and the plain curious) descend on Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week. And more and more each year, the post-industrial town plays host to a series of experimental design projects, the most impressive of which play with our perception of what materials are and what they can do.

There to take it all in was industrial designer Max Lipsey--who singled out for Co.Design the standout projects from both up-and-coming and established designers. His report includes the “mind-bending” concentric circle table from Eindhoven-based Akko Goldeneeld, and the “immaculately finished” workshop space of Dirk van der Koolj, from the town of Zaandam.

Refreshingly, the collection of work presented here is largely off-the-grid and tech-free. Designers dialed back on sensors and digital fabrication for 2013, preferring instead to give second life to tangible wares like denim shirts, or to invent new methods for painting tabletop china.

Image: Courtesy of Objects Presents

See Max Lipsey's selections in the slide show, and see more work from Dutch Design Week here.

[Image: Courtesy of Objects Presents]

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