10 August 2016

A Dutch Auction

Words: Xandra van der Eijk
Photography: Xandra van der Eijk

At DesignKwartier 2016 in The Hague, design & art initiative I Wait Here presented an unconventional auction with design products of young Dutch design talents.

Designers were asked to calculate their material costs, hours and research investment. By setting the bottom bid at the cost price of an item, visitors were challenged to think about what the idea, time and effort of the designer is worth.

Designers were asked to part from a unique object, for instance a piece of research, an object that is very difficult to produce or to costly (either in time or money) for a retail collection. The auction works a two way street, as bidders had a one time opportunity to buy exclusive pieces against a competitive price while at the same time the auction raised awareness on the position of the designer in our society.

The auction featured works by Aliki van der Kruijs, Alissa+Nienke, Hozan Zangana, HandMade Industrials, Jetske Visser, Kirstie van Noort, Lotte de Raadt, Martina Lasinger, New Window X Sacha van den Haak& Felix van Dam, Remy van Zandbergen, Rogier Arents, Roos Meerman and Steven Banken.

Besides the auction, Rogier Arents showed his installation ‘Heartbloom’, a biofeedback machine that translates heart rhythm live into a beautiful drawings. In addition, there was an elaborate pop up store with products from all designers.

‘A Dutch Auction’ is a concept by Xandra van der Eijk and took place 29-31 May 2016 at DesignKwartier in The Hague, The Netherlands.

'Heartbloom' installation by Rogier Arents + Bin Yu

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