Meet the next generation of worldwide designers during the Antenna Conference. Are you looking for the developments that will really make a difference? The talents that create above and beyond the normal? There are 20 international design graduates, originating from 5 continents, ready to share their social solutions with you. These innovative designers excel with idealistic values, ground breaking ideas, and cross-border visions.
Every year, new designers are chosen via an international selection process in which world-renowned design academies and universities are involved. New design graduates share their concepts during the Antenna Conference. This year a selection of the projects will be showcased during an exhibition taking place at Klokgebouw, Strijp-S.
The Antenna Conference is part of Antenna, initiated by Design Indaba and Dutch Design Week. Antenna is the platform for international design talent who focus on generating positive impact in the world. The platform goes beyond sharing ideas. It includes a coaching program to assist participating designers in manifesting their ideas.
While the city used these biosolids to enrich the soils of the city, now 2.8 million pounds of this make their way straight to a landfill every day. Benisch recognised that these biosolids could be used in a useful and sustainable manner. He thus created Sum Waste, a pen whose barrel and ink are both made from treated biosolids.
Benisch worked together with the New York Department of Environmental Protection and an independent polyhydroxyalkanoate, or PHA producer, to create this product. The young designer believes that this project can create a relationship between New York’s waste management and the citizens of the city.
However, this program failed to include sexual education relating to members of the LGBTQI+ community. By omitting this information, Newbury believes the department is doing an incredible disservice to its students. Newbury’s Inclusive Sexual Education Kit includes materials, tools and information to help educate kids about sexual pleasure, practices, consent, gender, identity and body image.
According to Newbury being inclusive and educating students about all avenues regarding sexuality can only serve to benefit them and this approach tackles the heteronormativity that surrounds sexual education.
Inspired by these thatching methods, Copenhagen School of Business and Design student Kathryn Larsen set out to create pre-fabricated thatch panels made from eelgrass for her project titled Seaweed Thatch Reimagined. These panels can be installed as a facade or roofing material that is slightly more minimalist and modern than the old Scandinavian thatching methods.
The eelgrass material, while rare, is a useful and sustainable building material. It is rot-resistant, fireproof, carbon-negative, waterproof and is also an insulating material. Larsen believes that there are ways to harvest and use this material without damaging the surrounding marine life.
Algae is said to produce nearly 70% of our oxygen and serves as an incredible CO2 absorber at the same time. Rhode Island School of Design student Hyunseok An recognised the significant possibilities contained within algae, and created The Coral, an indoor micro-algae farm.
The farm helps people incorporate the benefits of algae into our everyday lives. The microalgae farm is made up of a wall-mounted bioreactor that’s divided into 4x4 cells containing 2 grams of algae each, the recommended daily intake of the organism. The farm allows individuals to grow and eat algae every day as the cells contain a biweekly cycle that requires replenishing after harvesting.
University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum Graz student, Christian Leban, spent six months living and experiencing many elements of China. As part of his master’s thesis, Leban wants to take you on a journey to the east, through the lens of an animated short film.
Titled ‘Views of China’, the project is made up of 11 hand-drawn, animated loops that explore the fascinating country by using unique concepts - from the most beautiful elements to be found there, to areas of conflict in the country.
Synapse can provide accurate, anonymous and large-scale spatio-temporal information. It has the potential to reveal dynamic occupancy maps, trend prediction, and real-time urban interaction pedestrian information.
At the centre of her project is graphene material which is one of the most promising nanomaterials, and a great conductor of electricity. Kirova wants to use the material as an urban scale proposition for monitoring data of urban flows in cities.
“The full potential of the project will be realised when paired with other existing urban information (land use or mobility data) transforming the urban environment into a fully responsive one,” says Kirova.
Essentia aims to identify the potential effect aromas from everyday objects have on us, and how smell can offer more enriching possibilities for the human experience.
“Essentia strives to address the underlying and layered value of the human sense of smell. It encourages the public to trust their primitive “mute instinct” to navigate and improve their well-being -while exploring the power of aromas and memory,” says Adiwijaya.
These statistics led Waegemman to create a redesigned rape kit, called When No One Believes you. The kit is a response to sexual assault and it contains six different design interventions for use by victims, nurses and police. This includes an emergency sexual assault resource app, a product that detects DNA during the exam, and a rape kit tracking system.
The product aims to increase report rates, improve the experience of having to use a rape kit, and increase rape kit testing. It also aims to reduce stigma and shame around sexual assault, and to increase accountability. Waegemman wants this project to be an example of how design can shape accessibility in governmental and bureaucratic systems.
The 22-year-old created IGNIS by using Peltier elements to transform heat into electricity and to enable it to store light and power in order to provide it whenever needed. IGNIS can either be placed on a hot stove or produce heat by burning ordinary household liquids such spirits, used frying fat, or any oil.
In 2019, Trübenbacher was one of the 20 winners in Beyond Bauhaus, an international competition for designers and design students.
This information inspired the duo to create P bank, a public toilet facility which aims to challenge the phosphorus cycle. With this, they are able to use the urine to grow plants as this has become a substitute for fertilizer.
The facility allows visitors to make a P donation. While donating, one learns about the upcoming phosphorus scarcity and as a result, be part of the solution.“With each visit, you spend about 300 ml of urine. This contains about 200 mg Phosphor. That's enough to grow 4 carrots.”
In 2016 and 2017 the P bank team was selected for the Neudeli incubator programme and was sponsored by the B100 Bauhaus anniversary fund. This year it received funding from the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU).
“The work created is about capturing the essence of these two worlds coming together, as culture and the arts are often at the centre of reforming societies within civilizations. In addition to this, Ndebele Superhero, as a platform also draws a lot of inspiration from the modern world and how the world of culture and tradition is somewhat parallel to that,” explains Masombuka.
In her work she focuses on critical thinking, as well as the importance of globalisation and how it continues to impact Africa. She also looks at taking control of the African narrative and the way the stories are written about the continent and its people.
Re:Flex was created by Sibbel and her team Pierre Azalbert (electrical engineering & energy storage) and Benton Ching, (political philosophy & interaction design). Re:Flex is described as a low-cost with three main functions: reversible fixation, thermal actuation and unlimited fitting.
Sibbel and her team has used Re:Flex to create a self-assembling stool which used re:flex as joints that function as thermal actuators. They also used it for reusable arm cast. In 2019, Re:flex was selected as one of the finalists in the tech category for the Mayor of London’s entrepreneurship competition.
In her work, Arcucci focuses on using the theatricality of societal and political structures and their influence on social and cultural landscape. Her project, Conspiratorial Mythologies explores the role of conspiracy theories as substitutes to religious and ancient Greek myths.
It looks at the collective fears to understand the complex power dynamics and structures surrounding our societies.
In this project, Bindels uses a foldable structure made from biodegradable cardboard fibres, applied to a slope, and filled with local soil to function as a terracing structure. Inside the product are both pioneer seeds and nutrients added during the production process.
The rooting systems have time to develop due to the short-term protection of the biodegradable structure in the vulnerable phase of vegetation development.
“When there is a sufficient rooting system, the cardboard decomposes and adds carbon to the soil. The anti-erosion function will be taken over by the new vegetation, improving water infiltration and soil structure to help the ecosystem get over the ecological threshold,” explains Bindels.
In her research, Brown looks at how the design of hearing aids can better represent the identity of the wearer, and what role design plays in challenging the stigma associated with hearing aids and hearing loss.
"The research aims to understand the different social and cultural relationships that exist, and their link to hearing aids. It will involve the experiences and perspectives of wearers, non-wearers, healthcare professionals and manufacturers of hearing aids,” explains Brown.
In this, he uses the marble run which is a simple action of a ball rolling from top to bottom of a designed structure; a performance that has to happen in one piece as otherwise it would not work. The marble would simply get stuck or lost if its rails were not connected to each other.
With Marble Maze, Wagner wants to create a more immersive experience when it comes to stage and performance.
Veº will allow the visually impaired to choose their clothes empower peoples' unique abilities allowing them to become more independent, and to inspire others towards a more inclusive designs.
“My dream would be for my garments to boost people's self-confidence and to encourage the fashion industry to design for and highlight in the media a greater diversity of abilities and bodies to reflect more respect for people, and to show that they are valued more highly,” she explains.
In an interactive installation Voicing Borders, viewers can unveil locations and structure of the disappeared villages by casting shadows on the projection. While in the second part of the project, the very weapon of occupation becomes a tool for voicing an objection to it. A specially designed radio transmitter connects to the razor wire fence and uses it as an antenna.
Transmitting through it a short message in Morse code. It states the names of the disappeared villages and their geographic coordinates. The message is audible through several radio receivers placed in the installation.
The SeaCell fabric is made from seaweed and gives the sumo diaper non-allergenic features and is very soft, which is great for comfort. It also has skin-caring properties which see an active exchange of material between the fibre and skin.
While the current debate around the end-of-life choice focuses on the ethics of its legislation, we need to question our legitimacy in formulating an opinion. Looking at the problem through our normative scope is failing to understand that suicides, assisted or not, are always the consequence of tragic situations. None of us would choose death over life if pain and exhaustion didn’t make it unbearable.
As a society, what solutions can we offer to ones that are rightfully feeling unfit to live?
Locked in a one-way mirror box, the participants experience the restrictive living condition of ALS disease, in a broad attempt to shed light on the ones who choose death as a unique relief.