Radio | Radio portraits of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates
Section D, the weekly Design show on Monocle 24, made a show dedicated to Dutch design. I made four radio portraits of Design Academy Eindhoven graduates and their work. I interviewed Akko Goldenbeld, Suyin Tjon A Hie, Wouter Strietman and Dennis van Melick. You can listen to the reports separately below, or listen to the whole show here (54 minutes).
Akko Goldenbeld – Citysounds
As frequent travelers know, every city has it’s own vibe. Chaotic Rome is totally different world compared to the laid-back city of Copenhagen. And not only the atmosphere is unique, so are the sounds. Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Akko Goldenbeld wanted to know exactly how the city sounded. He came up with the idea of making a scale model of the city and use it as a role for a pianola, a piano which plays automatically.
You can also see Citysounds in action on Youtube.
Suyin Tjon A Hie – Plastic Life
Our daily life is covered in plastic. The products we buy, come with plastic packaging. And if not, they will travel home with us in a bag, made out of plastic. Most of the plastic used, is non-biodegradable, meaning it will stay around for centuries. A sad fact which people should realize, thought Design Academy student Suyin Tjon A Hie. Her graduation piece Plastic Life is a short animation movie about the amount of plastic we use in our daily life.
Wouter Strietman – Espresso Strietman
A perfect cappuccino is a great start for the day. Those lovely shiny espresso machines look great, and, more important, they make fabulous espressos. But how the machine works? No clue. Wouter Strietman, a graduate at the Design Academy Eindhoven, saw this as an opportunity and decided to go back to basic with the espresso machine.
Dennis van Melick – Three to one traffic light
Wherever you go around the world, traffic lights look the same. Red light on top, a green one at the bottom and in between an orange or yellow light . The reason they are all the same is clear: everybody should understand the rules without a doubt. But for Dennis van Melick this was not a valid reason not to innovate in traffic regulation systems. The Design Academy graduate came up with a new traffic light design.