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Antenna Expo - the world's best design graduates

All week at Dynamo | Downtown By Design Indaba & Dutch Design Week

Antenna is a platform for young, international design talent, initiated by Design Indaba and Dutch Design Week. The very best of a next generation that will have a positive impact on the world with new insights, clear ideals and strong ambition. No superficial products or big names, but people searching for answers to social problems. Antenna gives them a voice and the chance to change the world.

Chances for ideas with impact
Antenna was founded by Dutch Design Week and Design Indaba and is an internationalnetwork and platform for the next generation of design. A generation that will have a positiveimpact on the world with new insights, clear ideals and strong ambition.Antenna selectsthese talented designers, helps them in their development, connects professionals to talentand activates the world to take up this challenge. Get to know this year’s talents on

An initiative of Design Indaba and Dutch Design Week
Antenna was founded by Dutch Design Week and Design Indaba and connects internationaltalented designers and thinkers with professionals and experts. Supported by experts andprofessionals from the worldwide Antenna network, 20 new talented designers take part eachyear in an inspiring programme that enables them to broaden their skills and network. ButAntenna is more than this. We are keen to see tomorrow’s ideas become reality. This is whywe are building a sustainable network and looking for partners to take on the challenge of
realising these plans.

Antenna is organising an exhibition this year, displaying the best work of selected design talents of Antenna. The exhibition is open from 20-28 October during Dutch Design Week in the Veemgebouw at Strijp-S.

Bárbara López Anwandter - Oliber

Arthritis, osteoarthritis, burns sequelae or amputations of hands are among several conditions that can lead to partial or total atrophy of the hands.

Because the hands become cocoon like, everyday tasks like eating, writing or cleaning are nearly impossible without help. Oliber is a low-cost solution to this problem designed by Bárbara López Anwandter from the Universidad del Desarrollo in Chile.

It’s an easy to use, inexpensive magnetic mitten that allows people with atrophied hands to pick up objects via magnets and metal plates, enabling users to eat by themselves, brush their teeth, write with precision, draw, hold up their phone, and many other tasks.

The magnets allow users to hold up to 2.2 pounds. For objects that are not metal, Oliber comes with four metal plates that can be stuck to anything the user needs.

Gavin Zeitz - The Arctic Commons

RISD graduate Gavin Zeitz proposes that we create an inclusive economic zone in the Arctic. Right now Russia, America and China are each vying for control and influence in the region.

With the ice in the arctic receding, the world’s untapped fossil-fuel is at stake, according to CNBC. The arctic also holds a range of other resources such as gold, silver, diamond, copper, titanium, graphite, uranium and other valuable rare earth elements.

Zeitz’ project, The Arctic Commons seeks to subvert the “first come first serve” politics of global development which puts the objectives of the culturally elite at the forefront, perpetuating the circulation of wealth among those already at the top.

He wants to do this by creating a zoning protocol that is delineated not by arbitrary cartography, but by geophysical conditions such as ocean currents or drainage basins.

This way, “we begin to see a global landscape that is by the people and for the people,” he writes, adding, “This new zone is a provocation that the North can be a model for how we come together globally for the common heritage of humanity.”

Ella Westlund - Be a Part of

When designing for people with disabilities, there’s no reason to sacrifice beauty.

Aesthetics and functionality go hand in hand for Swedish product & furniture designer Ella Westlund. A student of Beckmans College of Design, Westlund set out to create inclusive, specialised products. Westlund’s sister has Down’s Syndrome and the designer has worked with and around disabled people for seven years. “I have always thought that they need better products in their life, products with real wood that they can touch and not cold metal and old plastic,” she writes.

She created a product range called, Be a Part Of. It’s a modular sofa that considers wheelchair users. The furniture piece was specially designed for Korallen, a center for mental stimulation for children with functional disabilities in Sweden. The cavity in the middle is for parents to get closer to their children in wheelchairs. “To create for Korallen meant I could use my experience with disabled children and my knowledge as furniture designer and create a place where you can feel safe,” adds Westlund.

The sofa was exhibited at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2018 and will come into production in the fall of 2018.

Freyja Sewell - Mind Mirror

The benefits of meditation are well known. But what if you could monitor, learn and calm your mind to enhance your mental well-being?

In the age of constant connectivity, Brighton University graduate and designer Freyja Sewell created Mind Mirror to function as a medical training device. Strapped to the user’s head, the Mind Mirror allows people to understand what is happening to their own brain during meditation. It helps people understand when they are in Flow State, a desirable mental state achieved through meditation.

It’s made up of three elements: The neural lace made up of 32 Sensors on the head monitors the activity on the brain, providing data feedback represented in a soothing visual and audio format. The flat-pack Faraday Pod provides protection from stray electrical signals (Faraday waves) to the extremely sensitive sensors in the Neural Lace, improving accuracy. Her work, which includes traditional furniture and cutting edge technologies, is a fascinating look into Japanese design culture, a core source of inspiration in both her personal and professional life.

Gwen Gage - Malaria Prevention

Gwen Gage is an industrial design graduate from Pratt Institute in New York. She decided to put her knowledge to the test in a social impact context.

She began her process in rural Senegal where she found that volunteers were forced to travel long distances from rural villages to towns and cities to retrieve malaria medication. A pervasive disease that is better treated with early intervention, it was clear to Gage that the medication delivery system needed to be better suited to the environment in order to have a tangible impact.

She created Velomed, a thin plastic strip that can be easily shipped with medication from the manufacturer. The strip can be cut to any length, filled with boxes, and rolled to secure. The rolled unit can be easily strapped to a bike or carried on a volunteer’s back, allowing the volunteer to transport dozens of boxes on each trip.

To secure the units to a bike, one needs only a small bit of rope or bungee cord (something commonly used on bikes in the region). It’s a ‘less is more’ approach to design that she adopted after trial and error. “After many iterations I realised my ideas thus far were either too bulky or used overly convoluted mechanisms that made them unrealistic interventions. Many would have been too expensive for a volunteer to purchase and unlikely to be accessible to them anyways. So I shifted my focus to minimal material solutions.”