What appeals to me most: projects for unexpected clients, or projects I could not have imagined beforehand. I want more of these!
Ranald MacDonald Award
Design for a trophy for the Ranald MacDonald prize, awarded annually to a first work by a writer or artist, which is good, true and beautiful and which advances our insight into relations between Asia, Europe and North America. The award consists of a sum of money and this trophy, which I designed and which was produced in small numbers by the Open Design Centrum. It consists of a certificate (a small round piece of paper with text), a medal (a small globe of European walnut with metal dots on it that specify important places in Ranald MacDonald’s life), and a box of Asian ebony and a lid of American maple wood. Award winners include Zia Haider Rahman, Bruno Maçães and Frederik L. Schodt.
Photo: Christian van der Kooy.
Reproduction of the Warka vase
Made of roofmate (foam) and paint, commissioned by Teleac. This 5000-year-old alabaster vase, about one meter high, marks the beginning of our current culture. The reliefs on the vase show the transition from a polytheistic to a monotheistic society.
In a scientific lecture broadcasted on television, Prof. Dr. Wiggerman lectures about this revolution. For this programme I have reproduced the vase in full size.
A 32 meter wide background illustration, for a theatrical representation of the history of Schiedam, with museum pieces, props, light, sound and more, designed by theater designers Marloes & Wikke, for Stedelijk Museum Schiedam. Drawn with the vector pens in Adobe Fresco, and assembled in Illustrator.
Concept development, design and production supervision of a three-dimensional, wooden calendar, for a promotional gift (edition 200).
Design and implementation of a sound-absorbing wall in an urban design office. I cut out the map of a part of Manhattan from 5 cm thick acoustic foam. As a result, the reverberation in the room has decreased enormously. Made for Urhahn | urban design & strategy.
Design for the tombstone of my mother, artist Cornelia Vrolijk. The crows are distilled from her own drawings of her favourite animal. The stone is hand-carved from Belgian blue stone, by Willy Pladdet, in a special and artisanal technique.
Board game design
Design of a game (game board, figures and game rules) for a staff party of a housing association. The employees (from cleaner to director) were allowed to figure out in game form how the distribution of housing (varying from exclusive to affordable) would be in a new neighbourhood. The findings were used to improve the design for the neighbourhood. Made employed by Urhahn | urban design & strategy for Stadgenoot.
Design and construction of a sliding box for twelve special photos, for a private client. Made from a combination of solid ebony and maple veneer. The construction and mechanism are not visible from the outside.