Change makers – Atelier NL

00:06:09 262 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Atelier NL tells the story of sand. With each wave of research and design, Atelier NL breaks ground for essential dialogues on production methods at the crossroads of design and science.


Because sand quarries for transparent glass are being exhausted worldwide, local sources of sand will become increasingly important. However, the current glass industry cannot process the varying qualities of local sand. Atelier NL has developed a production method to make glass objects in small editions from locally harvested sand.

Work of Atelier NL is part of the exhibition Change the System in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, on show until January 14th 2018. 

Video credits

Video: Anouk Wouters
Interview: Sophie Heijkoop
With thanks to: Nadine Sterk, Lonny van Ryswyck
Subtitles: Einion Media
With support from: Fonds 21, VSBfonds, Gemeente Rotterdam, BankGiro Loterij, Boijmans Business Club

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  • Change makers

    From within the design world, there is a growing readiness to tackle the big systemic problems of our time: scarcity of raw materials, growing social inequality and increasing migration due to conflicts. For designers, these problems are not a threat but rather an opportunity to create something new. This series features seven interviews with ‘changemakers’; designers who adopt a critical stance and appeal for urgent change.