Driving Dutch Design – Pim Bens
ONE WEEK ABOUT Driving Dutch Design by curators Patrick Aarts Sen (BNO) and Katja Lucas (DDF)
Driving Dutch Design (DDD) is a program of ABN AMRO, Beroepsorganisatie Nederlandse Ontwerpers (BNO) and Dutch Design Foundation that helps talented designers get started in the world of entrepreneurship. Pim Bens is one of them.
Causing commotion in the daily routes and routines of public space users. Starting the conversation on complex social themes with impactful installations as a dialogue starter.
The designers encountered this working method during their joint graduation project ‘Where the Wind Blows’: an itinerant building shack overlooking the much-discussed polder landscape of the island of Terschelling. During a casual conversation while enjoying a cup of coffee, local farmers and site managers discovered that their ideas had much more in common than they had thought beforehand.
Now, four years later, the team, which had meanwhile developed into De Reuringdienst, went back to Terschelling for the project ‘Land Zonder Dijk’ (Land Without Dike): this time, visitors to Oerol rolled up their sleeves to help build a giant pattern of filled sandbags to protect the Dutch marshlands. This experience taught people more about the importance of marshes and gave food for thought on the potential contribution of mankind to vulnerable nature reserves.
The Reuringdienst is a collaboration between the designers Bouke Bruins, Fier van den Berge and Pim Bens.
‘My participation in Driving Dutch Design helps me to professionalize the collaboration within our new collective. The various master classes offer tools to put things in order and to work towards a future-proof joint vision.’
For more information about the masterclasses and the program partners of Driving Dutch Design, visit drivingdutchdesign.nl. You can register for DDD21 from September.