All Posts in 2009
In our last exhibition ‘Progress’ we used this oldie (not too old) to cover a wall dividing the exhibition hall in two. Using the potato wallpaper instantly gave a homely feel to the big space. We decided we needed to revalue this piece of paper and give it a well-earned spot on the website.
DIY Free Potato Wallpaper was printed in Magazine Apartamento in 2009. Unfortunately this issue of Apartamento is not available anymore. Off course we want to make the wallpaper accessable to every single one of you. From today on you can download DIY Free Potato wallpaper from the website. If you use it, do share your pictures with us!
Original article in ‘Apartamento’ (an everyday life interiors magazine – issue #04):
The free potato wallpaper
Well…free…okay…so you have to buy the paper and pay for the copies yourself, but the design is free.
I like the idea of giving away stuff for free. I have always liked making presents for birthdays or other occasions. There is something innocent about presents that makes them better tan stuff bought for money. I think the main reason for that is that it is so much less pretentious when it is for free. The same goes for almost any DIY project that you do yourself.
This project is meant to be anything but pretentious so please treat it that way. There is allready enough pretention in Design as it is today.
When my intern, Charlotte Dumoncel d’Argence (who worked a lot on this project) came up with a picture of a potato, I just couldn’t refuse it, because it was so ‘nothing’ and would have the right low-key-innocent-ridiculousness to it. The wallpaper on the grey A4 papers has been in my private office now for almost a month now and it has really transformed into a place where I like to be.
SOME TIPS FOR APPLYING THE DIY POTATO-WALLPAPER
To make your own potato wallpaper you have to enlarge all four A5 potato prints from the magazine onto A4 paper. The pages in this magazine are a bit bigger than A5 and it is quite important for repetition sake to have it enlarged properly. Take one corner of the A5 that is also the corner of the magazine as a reference point for the enlargement. Most copiers have a standard enlarge from A5 to A4 button, some have one that enlarges A4 to A3 well...this is the same button. If yours doesn’t have a button like that just enlarge it by 141 percent (141,42 percent to be more precise). There is usually a marking on the copier itself that explains where to put the A5 to make it A4. If copied properly, the A4 copies can be used both ways, hence also upside down. This way you can make the wallpaper in a way that doesn’t make it feel like a repetition of only four A4 papers. Using all 4 versions randomly also helps a lot. Feel free to copy the potato patterns on the following pages on any colored paper you like. Personally we think grey is the best of all the attempts we did. Pink, light green and other pastels also work quite nice. Full colours, like bright green or red are very dominant and white doesn’t really ‘gel’ that good. It just looks to much like a photocopy… but if that is what you like, you can also try that. The good thing about grey is that it is a perfect background color… and since it will be in the background in most views…
To paste the wallpaper onto the wall use normal wallpaper glue. Most wallpaper glue that you mix yourself from dry powder needs a few hours to be at its best. It would be good to prepare the glue first and then run off to the copy shop. When you glue the paper onto the wall, put plenty of glue on the paper, we did two layerson the back side and one on the front (image) side. All glue was applied with a normal big fat paintbrush. The paper should be very wet when it goes onto the wall. This is good, because then it is slightly swollen end when drying, it will shrink and leave a smooth result. It even wouldn’t hurt to let the paper soak a little inbetween putting glue on it and putting the paper on the wall. When the paper is on the wall, we used the same brush to give the whole wall another coat of wallpaper glue on top of the images. Whatever you do, don’t put glue only on the wall and stick dry papers on to it… it simply doesn’t work.
if you don’t want to go to the copycenter to copy your wallpaper but want to get it from your printer make sure your printer is a laser printer. Inkjet printers will deliver a non-waterproof print that will be destroyed with the first touch of wet wallpaper glue. All in all it would not be a bad idea to make a few tests on your own wall. As a guidance we marked the wall with one horizontal stripe in the middle of the wall that was perfectly level and started from there. Another tip for putting up any wallpaper: always start at the windo or the biggest lightsource. It sounds silly, but that way when 2 pages accidently overlap a bit the light will shine into the gap on will not cast a shadow and it will not accentuate the overlap. This tip came from my dad, who is a house painter, and wallpapered many walls for a living all his life.
In April 2010 during Salone del Mobile I joined a project by Apartamento Magazine & DesignMarketo; ‘Food Marketo, an everyday life market’. It was half pop up store, half cooking workshop, selling contemporary design objects commissioned to international designers and hosting daily workshops to share recipes and everyday life ingredients. My entry were these pillows. I had a lot of fun making them and then shipping these dutch-made ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ off to Italy. Material: various kinds of textiles and expanded polystyrene grains.
Materials: various fabrics, polystyrene balls
Dimensions: ø 50 cm
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The Nylon garland is one of the things I made for a project organized by the Design Academy Eindhoven and TNO Eindhoven. Investigating the laser-sintering process (one of the many rapid prototyping techniques around these days) it struck me that although everything seems possible in this technique, certain things are more possible than others. Just like in wood and metal there are dos and don’ts. Laser sintering is a process that builds up a product in very thin layers. The layers can be 0.15 mm thin and are still quite strong. To be a bit stronger though, the connection between one layer and another should be 2.0x 2.0.mm. Although the technique is getting cheaper, anything that comes out of the machine is still quite expensive. I tried to take the Nylon to the max and created a small structure that could expand in size. Just to get as much volume possible for your money. The result was a pile of curly-shaped layers connected at various points. In fact it looks a lot like a paper garland, just a lot thinner and yes, a bit pricier. The garland was colored by dip dying the folded structure in different positions making the colors mix and fade. I hope to find a slightly more useful application for this beauty. Suggestions are welcome…
These glass-fiber and carbon/Kevlar beanbags were drained in resin. While hardening in a vacuum bag, they were sat on, to give them their ergonomic quality. It is the same technique as I used when making the shrunken stools. For TBCEC the knits were replaced by woven glass or Kevlar/carbon fiber mats and the EPS blocks are replaced with EPS granulate.
materials: woven glass or kevlar/carbon-fibre mat, EPS granulate
dimensions: h:40 w:30 cm
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These non-camo nets were created without a specific goal in mind. I was actually waiting for a proper application. When I send them out for an exhibition in Korea I thought I might just as well post them on the website too. They are made with the same technique and almost the same materials as used by British women in WW2. Camo-nets were use to drape over whatever object they wanted to make invisible from the sky. Non-camo nets, a slightly more colorful, are meant to stand out instead.
The duct-taped carpets were first made for the shared space exhibition in tent. / Witte de With. Whenever I find a good rug that I think I can improve with some duct-tape colors, I buy it and mangle it in this way. The duct-tape is molten into the textile so it will not come off. Shown are 2 examples.
Materials: persian carpet, duct-tape
Dimensions: h:277 w:386 cm, h:245 w:325 cm, h:277 w:370 cm, h:226 w:306 cm
Not for sale.
Ten years after making the first knitted lamp, I found out that the same trick, sucking a knitted textile around a cluster of balloons, also works using a home made laminate of glass-fiber mats, some textile and golden gift-wrap. The light shade is not translucent anymore but serves as a great reflector for led light that gets a warm touch by the golden lining.
materials: glass fibre, textile, gift-wrap, resin
dimensions: h:60 w:55 d:855 cm
Not for sale.
The Revolving chandelier has four half reflective, half transparent light-shades. The light-shades are shaped like a propeller and balance on a small steel tip. The rising air, heated by three halogen bulbs, makes all four light-shades rotate. The idea of heat making a light-shade rotate is nothing new of course, many of you probably had a bed light when you were young with a rotating landscape scene. One day in the near future halogen lights will probably be banned. I still don’t know if this is good or bad. So far there is no good energy efficient full-spectrum replacement for the halogen bulbs yet. In the case of the revolving chandelier, at least the excess energy (heat in stead of light) is used to do something extra for the light, making it revolve silently and twinkle like an old-fashioned chandelier. The revolving chandelier is produced in a limited edition of 12.
materials: steel, polyester sheet, mirror foil, lights; black & white
dimensions: h:80 w:80 d:80 cm
The lazy bastard was made for Dutch brand/company Montis. It is the streamlined (read: affordable and more comfortable) version of the Lazy Bastard as made for the Shared Space project. One of the things that fascinated me about the lazy bastard was its worn look. Because of its very soft filling the upholstery is anything but tight straight and slick. It is upholstered with a knitted fabric. The triangular version of the fabric was especially developed with Innofa/Febrik for the lazy bastard. The triangles in the pattern were to give some organized structure to the crumpling and folding fabric. can be ordered as 1-seater, 2-seater, Little Lazy and ottoman.
materials: frame of plywood sheets with beech slates, no-sag springs in a steel frame, steel square matt black powder- coated legs, plastic feet with integrated felt, high resilience foam, expanded polystyrene spheres, polyether flakes, fabrics Triangle and Stitch
1-seater: h:75 w:100 d:92 cm; 2-seater: h:75 w:160 d:92; little lazy: h:75 w:75 d:82,5; ottoman: h:35 w:100 d:92 cm