In the past weeks we had two exhibitions at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering: OLD COOL and No Name Design.
One showing products from famous designers like Mario Bellini, Ettore Sottsass, Luigi Colani en Richard Sapper.
The other showing a collection of almost 1,000 industrial products of which the designers are unknown.
These exhibitions show two different sides of our profession; the well known 'design classics' which can be found in many museum collections, and the everyday products which a lot of people use, but nobody knows who designed them.
Both show very ingenious solutions and beautiful products, but the famous ones are much more appreciated than the everyday products, although the latter often have a much bigger impact on people’s daily lives.
I found both exhibitions very inspiring, as you can see both 'types' of designers aimed at designing an optimal solution for the assignment they had. Whether their name would be connected to the object or not. So which type of designer do you want to be?
The OLD COOL collection was selected by Ger Bruens from the Henri Baudet Institute collection and was his farewell exhibition as he is retiring in August.
The No Name Design collection was brought together by the Swiss designer Franco Clivio and was the farewell exhibition of Prof. Bruno Ninaber van Eyben, who is retiring as well.