Why do we often link the word play to children? The rigid stereotype of playing gets in the way of creativity, says Michiel van Gageldonk. To break us free, he has designed a box of building blocks for grown-ups. Similar to the kids version, this game stimulates cognitive development, but the design takes us to the next level, reawakening our curiosity and exploratory senses. With these blocks of various sizes, weights and materials, fascinating structures can be built in an open-ended and limitless process. The accompanying table offers an attractive playing field that adds to the power of imagination.
Photo's by Iris Rijskamp and Michiel van gageldonk
The public space is often a place of traffic where people go from one place to another and therefore public furniture like benches are often more empty than in use.
With the urban sprout, I want to combine the concept of public sculpture and furniture. While the object is not in use it can function as a sculpture and for when it is in use the aim is to function as a place to wait, you can sit, lean or use it as a table. some examples of the location where it can be placed are bus stops, metro stations or squares.
In my designs I always try to balance on the edge of raw and minimal, function and esthetics.
With the Globe chair I combined hardwood with plywood hold together by a metal frame. While the hardwood shows more the raw nature of the wood with details such as mortise and tenon connections, the seating is more light and sensitive. The flexibility of the seating and the segments make sure that they adjust to the user sitting in it which creates the comfort.
this is a working prototype , but im working on improved versions
Cosentino design challenge 2014
Winner 1st prize of the annual Cosentino Design Challenge in 2014. The competition asked students to come up with new conceptual approaches to the layout of spaces, materials and the construction systems that define them, using materials made by Cosentino. Over 200 entries were submitted for the 2014 competition, with 72 projects in the architecture category and 140 projects in the design category.
Birch & Walnut chess
A chess set made from Birch and Walnut.
During my exchange in Stockholm I learned to be more patient and precise by playing chess. It started out as a fun way to kill time while waiting for flights, or as a social game during a coffee. With a very good workshop available at Konstfack ( art academy ) I used my spare time to develop my skills in the woodworkshop. After all the social games of chess in many inventive ways I decided to reate my own chess set. Together with a spanish designer who also had his exchange at Konstfack we designed a modern chess set from Birch and walnut, A high end wood and a cheaper wood creating a good contrast between the playable teams while still being woods which are perfect to shape.
Collaboration with Cristian Paredes
A chair made from the inspiration of cellulose fibers. With the seat made from recycled paper and serving as a connection between the wooden parts.
AFGEZAAGD is an event to give leftover wood a new purpose instead of burning it away. A lot of wood is thrown away but still good to use. It’s not only about scrapwood also tropical hardwood which is never used! We’re saving a shipping container of this beautiful and valuable material in order to give the wood a new life given by participants of the event.
Workshops for curious people will open up! Possibilities on making yourself a design with left-over wood from our shipping container. Craftsman will be there to help out or simply to answer some handy questions
Luuk van Laarhoven Dagmar erla jonasdottir Mies Loogman
This project is based on the process of plants growing and erosion. When you cut off a branch, the plant will just grow a different direction. We found a way to control an uncontrollable material like, Soft-foam by using wet-clay molds and organic textures. We chose for an uncontrollable artificial material to explore our material knowledge.
We started mixing soft-foam with other materials like stones, concrete, plaster and clay. We noticed that foam was not sticking to clay. From this moment we started to use clay as a mold.
We experimented with LED techniques inside the foam and we show how to use the foam in furniture or in daily objects.
Collaboration with Bouke Bruins
Family of seals
A concept for outdoor furniture in the Public space. The goal of the project is to create more playful furniture.
Michiel van Gageldonk started exploring the world since his 19th, While on an internship abroad,he used his camera as a tool to explore his surroundings.this is a serie of his Inspiration and experience in all kind of forms.
In November 2011 Michiel won first price with a photobook competition from Kruidvat with his Book about his Internship in Thailand because of his keen eyes for detail, sensitive portraits and combinations and composition of pictures.
Since then He is still visually exploring cities , cultures and materials.