Textile 4.0 Conference
How to shape the design process enabling circular material flows?
On Wednesday 7 November 2018 Anna Sitnikova, our Product Development Engineer, will give a presentation during the Textile 4.0 Conference in Amsterdam. The conference is part of Innovate Textile and Apparel Europe 2018 and is a multi-stream event providing in-depth knowledge on the digitalisation of manufacturing, its impact on business strategy, and opportunities from smart materials.
Anna will argue for design processes in close collaborations with the industry to close the gap between concepts and materialisation by learning the machine possibilities and setting the parameters for production as an integral part of product development. Optimised production enables waste reduction.
DRIVE Festival during DDW
How to create added value for waste materials using digital production techniques?
Samira Boon and Anna Sitnikova will give a talk during the Dutch Design Week as part of the ClickNL DRIVE Festival on 25 October, 11:30h at Natlab, Eindhoven.
DRIVE Festival is the annual Design Research & Innovation Festival presenting state-of-the-art research and innovations, developments and designs that will give you a glimpse of the possible future. With a programme of over 36 interactive sessions, DRIVE is the perfect place for creative professionals and researchers who are looking for inspiration and connection.
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Winner Architizer Awards
The project Archi Folds is winner of both the popular choice and the jury award of the Architizer Awards 2018!
The Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating architecture and products. This year’s jury included Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Olson Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Barry Bergdoll (MoMA The Museum of Modern Art).
Archi Folds is a collaboration with TextielMuseum, TextielLab, Theaters Tilburg and The University of Tokyo.
archifolds a+awards finalist
Excited to be finalist this year’s Architizer A+Awards in the category fabric & textiles – and you can help us to become a winner! Vote for our project ARCHI FOLDS here: VOTE
Project in collaboration with textiellab, the University of Tokyo & Theaters Tilburg.
Kiem grant for biorigami
The winning research project BiOrigami is a collaboration between the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (Mark Lepelaar and Annelies de Leede), Studio Samira Boon and NEXT architects. It will explore the potential of applying origami techniques to new biocomposite materials. The circular pavilion that is being developed by NEXT architects i.c.w. Amvest will serve as a case study.
The research project will start in September. Read more on the NWO website >>
Origami and technology at Lexus
Studio Samira Boon has been invited at a special Lexus event to talk about about the potential of origami structures.
both Lexus and Studio Samira Boon highly value what the Japanese call ‘Takumi’: attention to detail and craftsmanship. Origami is not only an important expression of Japanese identity and philosophy: its flexible and dynamic structures allow to connect nature and science in new and innovative ways. Lexus is also using origami in their newest cars.
The Lexus event took place on 12-13 June in the Louwman Museum in the Hague, home to the world’s oldest private collection of classic motor cars. The building was designed by American architect Michael Graves.
Sociale top 2018
How can we create a society where people take responsibility for themselves and each other? How can the government provide support to people who need it?
Studio Samira Boon was invited to participate to the Social Top 2018 in Utrecht on 11 June 2018.
During this inspiring day, at 50 locations across Utrecht, we met with other entrepreneurs, creative professionals, residents and policy makers. In small groups we discuss topical issues and challenges from the social domain: care, education, living, work, sport, culture, safety and integration. Not only policies were discussed, but also how to translate those policies into practice.
The 3rd Social Top is an initiative of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Association of Dutch Municipalities (VNG).
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GOLD WINNER A Design Awards
ARCHI FOLDS by Samira Boon, i.c.w. Textile Museum, Theaters Tilburg and Tokyo University is the gold winner of the A’Design Award 2018 in the in Textile, Fabric, Textures, Patterns and Cloth Design Category.
The A’Design Award is the world’s largest and most diffused international design awards. This year, the A’Design Award & Competition received application from 100 countries in 99 different design disciplines. Best products, projects and services worldwide that demonstrate superior design, technology and creativity are rewarded with the A’ Design Award; the symbol of excellence in design and innovation. There are five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron. The award ceremony will take place in June in Como, Italy.
Lecture of the Boosting at Octatube and New Year’s drink
Together with Zwarts & Jansma architects and Octatube we will give a presentation on the spectacular glass extension on the roof of the Diamond Exchange in Amsterdam.
Thursday 25 Januari, 16.00 – 19.00; initiated by Boosting, platform for innovation; Join us
Creative Heroes Award 2017
The collaboration project ARCHI FOLDS Theaters Tilburg (Studio Samira Boon, Theaters Tilburg, TextielMuseum / TextielLab and University of Tokyo) is the winner of the Creative Heroes Award 2017 within the category Interieur – Samenwerking !
On the 2nd of June, our research & rocking bench movie will be part of “Building the Future of Health” International Conference in Groningen. We will be featured in a lecture Design & Dementia #ageing in place. The project is organized by Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and Cordaan.
Our ARCHI FOLDS are now launched at the Co-Creation exhibition! Venue: Dutch Textile Museum Date: 2016-01-16 – 2017-03-17
We are currently working on a very special project: Holland Boulevard @ Schiphol airport! To be disclosed later this year….!
Our latest textiles can be seen in the exhibition “Tradition and Innovation of Dutch Design” presented by the Mikimoto gallery and the Dutch embassy. Curated by Lenn Cox. Photo credits go to Aki Takematsu.
Venue: Mikimoto hall, Tokyo
Date: 2014/03/27 – 2014/04/23
We were invited by tonton to organize a San Kaku Mado workshop in the Shibaura House, which is designed by Kazuyo Sejima. Photo credits go to Kakano Ougi.
Venue: Shibaura House, 3-15-4 Minato-ku Tokyo
The selected favorites of Lieven Daenens, honorary director of the Design Museum Gent will be shown in a new netwerk of related objects. The exhibition ’Gelinkt’ (‘Connected’) includes Pappardelle by Ron Arad connected to our Spacer Chair!
Venue: Design Museum, Jan Breydelstraat 5 BE-9000 Gent
Date: 2013/11/28 – 2014/3/2
For Theaters Tilburg we created a foldable structure inspired on a caterpillar in collaboration with NEXT architects. The glowing caterpillar transforms the space into an intimate setting, see the design process and experience the result at
Highlights TextielLab: Glowing Caterpillar.
Venue: TextielMuseum, Goirkestraat 96, 5046 GN Tilburg
Date: 2013/11/14 – 2014/04/13
During Samira Boon’s stay in Japan she was interviewed by NHK WORLD for Design Talks. She was asked because she applies traditional Japanese folding and wrapping techniques with unique materials in modern design.
The exhibition ‘Stoelendans, 101 original chair concepts’, is a tribute to the chair. Stichting Zetel selected 101 special chairs and we are honored our spacer chair is one of them. The spacer chair is made during the Dry Tech 3 project, in collaboration with the TU Delft Aerospace faculty, Droog Design and Next architects. Definitely take a look as it’s a colourful and unique overview, it will inspire you too!
Venue: CBK Amsterdam, Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71, 1093 KS Amsterdam
Date: 2013/08/22 – 2013/10/06
linking parts exhibition
Samira Boon is invited by Transnatural to participate at the Linking Parts exhibition. Transnatural organizes events en represents the Label in which technology plays by the rules of nature. The exhibition is about linking ‘devices’ that lead to different forms of collaboration. Our latest project the ‘interactive elevator’ will be a part of the exhibition.
venue: Transnatural Linking Parts exhibition Workspace Lijnbaansgracht 148a Amsterdam.
date: 2013/09/14 – 2014/01/10
changing identity collection
In our latest textile project ‘Changing Identity’, we have created a series of heat-responsive shawls. Featuring either an iris code or fingerprint pattern, the image on the shawls will change colour according to the temperature to create a personal identity code. more
Samira Boon is invited by Fokkema partners Architects to become part of the multi-disciplinary team that conducts research into innovative applications of textiles in the interior. Renowned experts in the field of architecture, smart textiles and product design, gave feedback during the expert meeting December 2012. The results of this study will be presented by showing mock ups and samples on 4 April at the Textile Museum Tilburg. venue: TextielMuseum Tilburg
This special artwork, commissioned by Theatres Tilburg was revealed during a concert of Amsterdam’s Sinfonietta. The object can best be described as an enormous space divider that can transform its size as well as its character and as such the entire concert hall. The screen is made out of white fabric and green glow-in-the-dark yarn, and the pattern will keep glowing in the dark even after the beautiful concert hall had turned off its lights – leaving a translucent atmosphere. Click here for more information on the project.
Venue: Tilburg Theatres
kia & hyundai workshop
The Hyundai Motor Group and Kia Motors, invited Samira Boon to organize a workshop for the entire design and marketing team. During this successful intensive 6 days Conceptual Breakthrough Thinking workshop new approaches on the process of car design were explored.
Executed in cooperation with Bart Reuser and Myoung Won Suh.
tomo ni iki yo!
Japan got hit by a terrible disaster and the Japanese need their business more than ever. Therefore we announce that 100% of our profit on the Japan produced furoshiki shiki will be transferred to the JAPANESE RED CROSS. This applies to all products ordered directly at SAMIRA BOON (distributors and shops only) or orders made at the webshop of GOODS.
“folding” exhibition – Together with Kim Sang kyu and Joanna van der Zande, Samira Boon will be curating this exhibition, based on the previous one shown at Platform 21 (Amsterdam) but transformed to Korean culture and contemporary themes and issues.
venue: Korean Craft & Design Foundation in Seoul, South Korea
date: 01/06/2011 – 30/06/2011
One of the largest Korean Companies in food and food services, Cheil Jedang, has asked Samira Boon to make designs for one of their product lines; the results will be shown after it’s revealed.
The “Dutch museum of bags and purses Hendrikje” has selected the furoshiki shiki for their permanent collection.
Currently the furoshiki shiki is also part of the exhibition “WHY OLD FASHIONED” (interweaving old techniques).
“With this exhibition we prove that handcraft techniques are back in fashion. Well known designers and fashion houses are using traditional techniques such as weaving, embroidery, knitting and crochet.” “…nowadays designers may also choose to use unconventional materials such as cotton, ribbons, plastic bags, plastic wires and even sweet packets”
venue: Dutch museum of bags “Hendrikje” Amsterdam, Netherlands
date: 2011/02/14 – 2011/09/11
waffle sleeve release
Our waffle sleeves are released in Japan: after a major transformation mori art and design shop in roppongi hills is the first shop to carry the waffle sleeves.
venue: roppongi hills art & design store, Tokyo, Japan
“Behind the Scenes” is a group exhibition at the Textile Museum Tilburg. The presentation offered a privileged peep at some of the most innovative and interesting projects that were carried out in 2009 in the Textile Lab.
venue: Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg, Netherlands
date: 2010/06/04 – 2010/09/26
lecture in Seoul
During the Seoul Design Fair 2010 the “Dutch Design and Architecture Seminar” was organized by the Dutch Embassy. Samira Boon was one of the lecturers.
venue: Jamsil Olympic Stadium, Seoul, South Korea
new: Ipad cover
The Furoshiki shiki series is extended with a new size. It perfectly fits the Ipad, protecting it from any damages; especially nice to mention is: the touch screen still works through the cover so there is no need to unwrap it all the time.
Organized by museum “De Paviljoens” and curated by Claudia Linders this event “100% summerdesign” was part of the program “pionieren in de poort”.
venue: temporary museum in Almere
Now our products are also available in China’s tallest skyscraper: the museum shop in the Shanghai World Financial Center.