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Author: Renske Mehra

Eindhoven alumni at Salone del Mobile in Milan

The world’s biggest design event, the Salone del Mobile in Milan, starts this week. And just like last year, the Design Academy Eindhoven will be there. A delegation of twelve recent graduates present themselves amidst a typical Milanese urban setting, under the name NOT FOR SALE. Via Pietro Crespi NOT FOR SALE is a place to explore and re-evaluate the meaning of design behind our complex, continuously evolving culture – and what can and cannot be bought or sold. A spectacle that questions the various activities, implications and alternative definitions of design. This bold mise en scene is fully...

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Student team STORM now a company

Two years ago, the STORM students drove around the world in 80 days, putting electric motorcycling on the map. Now they are bringing their technology to the market. First of all in Kenya. Bas Verkaik of STORM tells us how.  Bas Verkaik opens the doors of the Momentum building on the TU/e campus. In this building, student teams such as Solar and TU/ecomotive are housed. And the members of STORM. Even though that might come to an end, because the students decided to stop being a student team. Verkaik, who is currently graduating as a Sustainable Energy technologist, looks...

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Breakfast with… Bjorn van de Langenberg

It is a cold Thursday morning in Eindhoven when Bjorn van de Langenberg walks into the cafe. The temperature outside feels like thirteen degrees below zero. A strong wind is blowing from the east. Bjorn “was in doubt this morning” but decided not to come by bike from Boxtel (a 30 km ride). He looks as if it was a difficult choice. Bjorn likes to ride his bike. Very much so. We meet for breakfast to talk about the newest cycling festival in Eindhoven. Bjorn van de Langenberg sports entrepreneur Breakfast carpaccio sandwich with cappuccino Organizes the High Tech...

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Robot SAM is now working for Wall Street

There’s a tiny village in the middle of Strijp-S in Eindhoven. With 24 sea containers and a shared vegetable garden. This is the special workshop of a group of creative Eindhovenaren. Architects, designers, and organizers. It is also the place where robot SAM came into being. Inspiring, bustling ‘and kind of gezellig‘, the French Marie Caye says with a wink about Plug-In-City. When she was making the robot together with Arvid Jense last summer, neighbours spontaneously offered their help. Plug-In-City is a close-knit, active community of about ten ‘Pluggers’. Together they build a creative community with a strong emphasis on...

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Breakfast with… Hans and Bert-Jan

Breakfast with… Cute, a breakfast section with someone who has something exciting or special this week. Only with these two gentlemen, this is a quick one. Bert-Jan: “I tend to forget breakfast.” Hans: “Sometimes a cracker with cheese.” Bert-Jan Woertman commercial director TU/e Campus Hans Meeske general director Holland Innovative Ontbijt two black coffee This week we celebrate the special second-anniversary edition of ‘their’ Drinks, Pitches & Demos Hans and Bert-Jan are both not the type to do very complicated things. Drinks, Pitches & Demos is just what it is. A super informal way to meet people and stay abreast of high-tech developments in Eindhoven. Every first...

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Hannah van Luttervelt: Hidden Gem #4 of DDW

During Dutch Design Week, E52 will be introducing you to the festival’s Hidden Gems. Ten special designers who we feel are the stand-outs of this edition. A different Hidden Gem will enjoy the limelight each day of DDW. Today: Hannah van Luttervelt (designer and board member Sectie-C) What Human Browser By Hannah van Luttervelt and Michèle Degen Where Sectie-C “What is value? We’re used to put a price tag on everything. I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing, if everything is becoming a transaction.” Hannah van Luttervelt, designer and board member of Sectie-C, is speaking. Once again, she’s...

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in4nite: Hidden Gem #3 of DDW

During Dutch Design Week, E52 will be introducing you to the festival’s Hidden Gems. Ten special designers who we feel are the stand-outs of this edition. A different Hidden Gem will enjoy the limelight each day of DDW. Today: in4nite (ten visions on the material Colback) What in4nite By Low & Bonar Where TQ gebouw, Strijp-T In4nite is worth visiting, even if it’s only for the location. On the top floor of the usually closed TQ building on Strijp-T, ten designers from Arnhem organize a special program in collaboration with Low & Bonar.     “Colback especially shines in the background”Rick Tegelaar, in4nite During DDW, it is all about smart materials, and Colback® in particular. That probably doesn’t ring any bells, and yet you can find the material everywhere. In roofs, car mats and at the back of carpets. “Colback especially shines in the background”, Rick Tegelaar jokes, one of the designers of in4nite. Tegelaar explains what Colback is exactly. A special material developed in The Netherlands, made up of composite yarns with a core of PET (plastic). Strong and very solid. Low & Bonar, producer of Colback, was curious to find out what else could be done with the material and invited ten young designers from Arnhem to give their vision. It resulted in 10 special projects. Tegelaar took on the challenge by not just thinking about applications...

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Renee Scheepers: Hidden gem #1 of DDW

Translation by Anneke Maas During Dutch Design Week, E52 will be introducing you to the festival’s Hidden Gems. Ten special designers who we feel are the stand-outs of this edition. A different Hidden Gem will enjoy the limelight each day of DDW. Today: Renee Scheepers (designer, researcher, founder Nul Zes) What Designer vs researcher By Renee Scheepers Where Nul Zes, NRE-area Renee Scheepers is actually doing too much to capture in this story. She’s a designer, once graduated with honors at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In addition, she’s a researcher, founder of Nul Zes, city ambassador and closely involved in the development of the NRE-area. During DDW, she gives an insight into her versatile work world. Here’s a preview – on the basis of four defining moments. We thought: we want to be that established order ourselvesRenee Scheepers, Founder Nul Zes Designing is investigating
 During my time at the DAE, we were sent to the estate ‘De Grote Beek’, the terrain of the GGzE (Mental Healthcare Eindhoven) for an assignment. The assignment was short: go there and see what you can mean as a designer. That is interesting, I thought. We normally work with clear projects, with a beginning and an end. With an assignment that reads: make this or that. Now we were only given a context. You had to come up with the question yourself. It was a turning point....

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ZENS celebrates the new iPhones

Apple dominated the tech news last week with three new iPhones. One of the major changes: the new devices can also be wirelessly charged. Finally! At the Eindhoven company ZENS, known from the wireless chargers, a small celebration is in place. Since 2011, ZENS has been targeting wireless charging of mobile devices. And not without success, but one question remained, says co-founder Johan Plasmans: “Can I charge my iPhone too?” Uhm, no. Because, unlike various Android phones, Apple did not carry Qi into its devices. Read more about ZENS Qi (Chinese for energy) is an international standard for wireless charging. Well, ZENS developed a case that fits your iPhone and makes your phone finction on the wireless charger. But this could hardly be called efficient. Soon, that standard will be integrated into the iPhone. Great for the consumer products that ZENS sells, like wireless car chargers either in the car or in your bag. This Apple dominated tech week, four new models were released in this category. ZENS wireless charger for in a handbag But the Apple News this week also means a breakthrough for the products that ZENS develops for companies. These are, for example, office furniture that is made with Ahrend and incorporates wireless charging stations. But also for McDonald’s offices at home and abroad, ZENS ensures that you can charge your phone while eating your hamburger. ZENS...

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VDL is delivering new buses for Dutch national police

VDL Bus & Coach, part of VDL Group in Eindhoven, will deliver two crowd and riot control vehicles to the Mercedes-Benz dealership in Maasdijk this Monday. These are the first buses from an order for 256 crowd and riot control buses that VDL Bus & Coach is converting as a subcontractor. As regards vehicle conversion it is the largest order in VDL history according the company.  VDL Bus & Coach has also been awarded the 10-year repair and maintenance contract. The vehicles will be delivered to the Dutch police in March 2017 through the Mercedes-Benz dealer. The first batch...

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