Think tank for visual strategies


The Design Department of the Sandberg Instituut (Masters Rietveld Academie Amsterdam) is a think tank for visual strategies

Creation in times of turbulence


Palestinian artist Khaled Hourani and Brussels-based designer Annelys de Vet started ‘Disarming Design’ in September 2012 with a design workshop at the International Academy of Arts Palestine. The duo invited artists, designers, and craftsmen to make contemporary products using existing production processes. A couple of vibrant, unpredictable, and very fruitful weeks followed in which two-dozen Palestinian cultural practitioners and three students from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam collaborated. They visited several workplaces, not only in Ramallah, but also in Nablus, Hebron, and Bethlehem, to investigate the production processes, learn about the small-scale factories, and run experiments with the craftsmen and their materials. What follows are edited extracts of de Vet’s observations as the project unfolded…


Unusual collection of contemporary Palestinian useful products »

Who you gonna call?


Graduation Show 2012 Design Department Sandberg Instituut

For everything there is a season

A set of 12 chequered tea towels reflecting upon cultural, historical and botanical characteristics in the Netherlands »


By rotating the cup on the saucer, different word combinations provide “food for thought”. A true conversation piece »