Dutch Profiles: Joris Laarman

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Joris Laarman is one of the key figures in the current wave of designers exploring the soft spot where cutting-edge technology and plain old beauty converge.

Joris Laarman uses the latest scientific insights in robotics, nano technology and digital techniques as well as traditional crafts to develop new products. For Laarman a good design starts with a good scientific experiment.

With his graduation project Heatwave he rebelled against the then widespread sober, and functional looking objects, that were so typical for Dutch Design. Laarman made an 'over the top' baroque radiator, because a radiator with lots of folds and swirls just works better in heat distribution.

With his Digital Matter tables Laarman depicts his vision on the aesthetic consequences of futuristic self-assembling materials that are developed at universities worldwide. The Nintendo rococo tables are constructed from voxels, in increasingly smaller size, that are reprogrammable.

Video credits

Commissioning editor Submarine: Geert van de Wetering

Producer: Rosa van Tienen

Research: Liselotte Francken

Director: Marieke Helmus

Camera: Pierre Rezus

Sound: Steven van Dijk

Editor: Niels de Roos

Colour correction: Editpoint

Music Sound Design: Pastelle Music

Produced by Submarine, Femke Wolting & Bruno Felix

Commissioned by DutchDFA

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    Dutch Profiles is a series of short documentaries focusing on well-known icons of Dutch design, such as Rem Koolhaas, Droog, Li Edelkoort, Hella Jongerius, HEMA, and Iris van Herpen.