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Post Fossil City |

Climate change. Who hasn’t seen the images of lonely polar bears balancing on the melting ice blocks? The warning signs have been blinking red for years: it’s time to get rid of oil, coal, and gas. No more fossil fuels. And then what? Emptiness. Most of us have no clue what a post-fossil future looks like. We simply can’t imagine […]

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Torenkamer Expo |

Fifty-five young artists have been invited to work in the tiny Tower Room of the impressive estate of VondelCS this year, initiated by the AVROTROS radio program called Opium. In silent seclusion, each artist worked on a project for one week. Curator Aynouk Tan and Studio KNOL were asked to bring together all the different works of the tower artists in an innovative exhibition. […]

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Collective [Ir]Rationality |

Studio KNOL researches mass behaviour in artspace MU. Each year, the Dutch Design Week draws hundreds of thousands of people who crowd the town expecting to be surprised. But what moves them? Taking this question as a starting point, Studio KNOL creates an experimental exhibition together with art space MU that researches the (ir)rational behaviour of the masses. With Collective [Ir]Rationality, Studio KNOL […]

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IMAGINING URBAN FUTURES |

Imagining Urban Futures is a platform that was erected by Utrecht University. It promotes new ways of thinking for the way cities should be organised. What scenario’s can we create when we don’t use fossil fuel anymore? How can we use our imagination to challenge urban problems? Our studio worked on a series of way-finding installations during the conference of Urban Futures. The bright yellow […]

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Amsterdam (DE)TOURS |

If you live in Amsterdam, you probably recognise the feeling of annoyance towards herds of tourists flocking on city center roads. You think to yourself: ‘Why do they all seem to walk up and down this ugly road between Central Station and Dam Square?! The city has so many other unique streets to explore…’ Exactly this topic challenged the city government […]

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The Happiness Machine |

What is happiness and where can you find it these days? With an ever-growing ‘audience’ on social media, happiness seems to be sought outside of the self more and more. Can you actually feel better about yourself when others tell you that you are great? And does this type of happiness last long enough? This project questions what affirmation of the crowd can do to a […]

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TROLLEYS |

In-flight at home. In collaboration with Chris Bakker Studio KNOL designed the TROLLEYS closet for KLM, borrowing its function and style from the iconic airline aisle trolley. The cluster design was created to match the dynamic lifestyle of the urban nomad, using clever formations to accommodate more than a closet-load of belongings – ringing true to the old adage ‘fit […]

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Trend Forum |

During the large Trend Forum ‘Futureland’ at De Modefabriek, forecaster Jan Agelink curated an interesting mix of objects and fashion items that together portrayed four important directions the fashion- and design industry is heading to. These directions are called Roaming – referring to modern nomadism and craftsmanship, Youniverse – a new trend of mindfullness, Factory of the Future – playful materials and a tech-y DoItYourself approach […]

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Adidas NMD_ |

Adidas is releasing their newest sneaker label  NMD_. As a festive announcement the brand throws a party for music, media and sports influentials. This fashionable event is dedicated to urban nomadism; the lifestyle that inspired the sneakers. This 3D setting was created in line with the brand image, presenting graphic urban patterns on blocks. In this ‘miniature urban landscape’ guests could take photos to […]

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Between Science and Fiction |

Einstein’s theory on locality has been proven wrong. Quantum physicists at the TU Delft have announced that so called ‘entanglement’ of particles at a large distance exists. This has been one of the most fundamental claims of quantum theory — that objects separated by great distance can instantaneously affect each other’s behavior, without being physically connected by another medium. But until last […]

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Quantum Physics Materialized |

The world-changing and yet so intangible research in the field of Quantum Physics is for most of us something completely incomprehensible. For many years now, a group of researchers in Delft is trying to find proof of so called ‘quantum entanglement’, which would tackle Einstein’s theory on locality. In short, quantum entanglement means that particles can be connected over a large distance […]

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Pencil vs. Pixel |

Exploring the future of the classroom. What will become of the classroom environment, now that (educational) technologies are advancing rapidly? For decades, the actual classroom setting has hardly changed, while possibilities have. Do we envision the educational environments to become more virtual and digital, or do we value tactility and learning through doing? On invitation by art space MU and […]

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Old + New KLM |

A life-size mobile installation turns around in the large window of De Bijenkorf on Dam square. It shows products that are made of old KLM businessclass leftover materials, like carpets and seat lining. These inventive products are designed by students from Design Academy. KLM has undergone a large transformation in their businessclass cabins but does not want to waste the old, memorable materials. KNOL designed the mobile […]

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Suggestive Constructions |

What do you design for a fashion event that will only come alive for two short days? This challenge is answered by temporary constructions and ‘suggestions’ of space. With these suggestions we mean (wooden) outlines in the form of frameworks, mirrored blocks that create optical illusions, popping colours and walls of curtain. The idea behind the spatial layout is simple: place […]

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Room for Inspiration |

Stress – especially work related stress – is a major issue in our current society. According to Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, 10% of the Dutch working population suffers from burnout symptoms. Yearly, 30.000 people are declared incapacitated by mental health problems, of whom 9000 (30%) due to stress and overload. Stress at work is an emerging problem, affecting people […]

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Kip + Ei |

The chicken and the egg, inseparably connected in the circle of life. During the summer edition of the Modefabriek we show them together in their full glory. Stylish black and white chickens gave the immense and impersonal fair hall of the RAI a friendly rural atmosphere. Installation Chicken + Egg was set up as an integral part of the ‘Food Market’; […]

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Mobile Memorial |

“Hollandsche Schouwburg, geen voorstelling van te maken” (in dutch the word ‘voorstelling’ stands for theater show as well representation). Until 1940, The Hollandsche Schouwburg was a popular theatre, putting on many well-known Dutch plays. Over the years the function of the Schouwburg changed drastically. Today the Hollandsche Schouwburg is a monument and war memorial. During the Second World War, Jews were rounded […]

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Out of Office |

In early April, studio KNOL opened Out of Office; a picture-perfect flexworking space in the center of Eindhoven. Barely two weeks later it was on its way to become the most popular working spot in town, but just when everyone was spreading the word things started to turn around… Introduced to social media and local press as the newest flexible […]

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a taste of rainbow |

Photo serie for a large food area at MODEFABRIEK Amsterdam

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Modefabriek |

Markets are temporary in nature; they can be built up and broken down in a very short time. People gather to buy and eat food products and to chat. This liveliness was the starting point of this interior of a large food area at MODEFABRIEK 2014, the most prominent fashion tradeshow in The Netherlands. For the duration of only 2 days, a […]

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Illusions of a small world |

Illuminated by 10 overhead projectors, a transparent insect city takes shape. This miniature city houses different insect species. The buildings are connected by transparent ‘highways’ to motivate the insects to mix and move around. The overheads display silhouettes of the insect movements on all surrounding walls. Based on the book Metamorphosis by Kafka, visitors of this installation are on one hand looking […]

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Inkjet |

Short film commissioned by The Oneminutes

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Transit Mantra |

Far more than anything the city is a spot where we are continually in transition. Transit Mantra resounds the energy of our movements in the urban landscape. The knowledge of getting in transition now becomes a pleasant moment of reflection. A symbiosis of beautiful design and an improved sense of safety, that is how the installation ‘Transit Mantra’ is best described. Since […]

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Skinned |

SKINNED is a growing collection of fragile mold-casts from places. Memorable parts of buildings and other ‘solid’ spaces can be copied endlessly into foldable skins. These thin fragments of spatial memory show specific details of the structure or material of the original place, but also capture dirt. Like skin transplantations they can be taken to other spaces where they get […]

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Rope | Access |

With the use of Rope Access techniques, the most exclusive part of vacancy becomes accessible. An exploration of the forgotten space by using the vertical axis provided an unique penthouse perspective. High above a staggering amount of cubic meters of dusty air hides an oasis of light and calmness. There, right under the soft white skylights of the Van Gendthallen, grows […]

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Inside the White Whale |

KNOL is part of Studio Vacant NL. They present Inside the White Whale; large white container bags that can be used to create temporary spaces in any location imaginable. These new flexible spaces can serve a wide variety of purposes, and hereby provide an ideal strategy to colonize vacant buildings or other temporarily available places. When the big bag is […]

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Proeftuinen |

A food installation for Eindhoven Cultural Capital 2018. Lunch is provided through ‘photo-sets’, with several furniture objects from which the 350 visitors can take their food. The three photo sets represent different sectors in the food industry of the future: the high-tech farm factory, the micro-scale food lab and the small local city gardens. Both innovations in technology and social […]

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Fur |

Short film commissioned by The Oneminutes

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Diamonds |

Behind the old facade of a former diamond grinder in the center of Amsterdam, KNOL made a sparkling piece for the entrance hall of the newly designed building owned by CREA, the cultural organisation of the Universiteit van Amsterdam. On the back wall, wind turbines regulate the air of the hall. This subtle force is used to let the glossy transparent elements […]

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Vacant Appsterdam |

Appsterdam is a fast growing group of software developers (app makers) who are gathering in Amsterdam since Summer 2011. In cooperation with Studio Vacant NL they colonized a vacant building at the Westergasfabriek to create physical gravity in the software industry of Amsterdam. KNOL is part of Studio Vacant NL. They work on temporary interiors in vacant buildings. For this project, a […]

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Foodlab+ |

During the Dutch Design Week 2011, Foodlab+ has opened its doors in Het Ketelhuis; a former industrial building at Strijp-s Eindhoven that has been vacant for years, and is now transformed into a lively meeting place by Andre Amaro. In the Foodlab+, any experiment around food can be done, and people from different disciplines can apply for an ‘artist in residence’ […]

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Transit Mantra – Prototype |

Preliminary phase of the project; building + testing the prototype and designing the interaction. The installation is an interactive swarm, fed by movements of people walking by. Its modules are then activated, and start to form a pattern of light and soft electronic sound. The interaction is a direct reaction to the character of the movement. When a lone pedestrian […]

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Intersections |

Glass jars filled with intersections of food and plants on water, form a colourful table composition; The work shows a new approach on a traditional still life setting.   Influences of the technological revolution are interwoven, proclaiming the digital era. An experiment in which natural food is mutated by the technological and chemical revolution. The work was shown at Biennale […]

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The Liquid Project |

Around the world, a growing number of independent contractors and freelancers stroll from meeting to meeting only pausing for lunch or coffee. We define them as Modern Nomads. Hip, young, social and ambitious professionals, involved in a variety of interesting projects. These modern nomads are able to assign any place to be their ‘temporary office’, since they do not have […]

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Still Life Revised |

A series of 3 still life settings, showing an imaginary perspective on how the future of food culture changes under influence of technology. Project in cooperation with Sylvie Meuffels

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Technofood |

More and more, technology merges with our daily life. Also our food is increasingly subject to new forms of production and consumption. TNO is an important research and innovation organ in The Netherlands. One of their research divisions is completely dedicated to 3D food printing. Eventually, we will be able to print our complete meal artificially; meat will for example […]

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Light flock |

Spatial moving object designed for the open atrium in the city hall in Eindhoven. The installation bends incoming natural light and reflects changing colour patterns on floor and walls of the building. Abstract stained glass modules react like a flock of birds on changing situations in the space. In the city hall, people come for passports, drivers licences and other civil […]

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Enlighted Thoughts |

A design for the ‘circus of thoughts’, a show in theater Carre Amsterdam. The dancers’ movements are connected through technology, expressing an enlighted thought. The ornaments light up whenever the dancers touch certain connection points on their own or each others body, enlighting their performing space.