Driving Dutch Design – Dorian Kingma & Myrthe Krepel
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. Dorian Kingma & Myrthe Krepel are one of them.
Dorian Kingma and Myrthe Krepel form SMELT together. Dorian Kingma graduated in 2017 with a master’s degree in Integrated Product Design from Delft University of Technology. Myrthe Krepel graduated in 2018 with a master’s degree in Design for Interaction at Delft University of Technology.
SMELT creates room for conversation. By designing installations, objects and forms of conversation, they make loaded topics accessible. They translate challenges in society such as drug use, street harassment and the nitrogen crisis into conversations in which themes such as meaning, intimacy and freedom are central subjects. Anyone can talk about subjects like these. By engaging people in conversation in other ways, SMELT wants us to look at each other and the challenges in our society with new eyes.
Faux pas (2019)
FAUX PAS is an ongoing investigation into flirting in the public sphere. How do we want to deal with each other on the street? Flirt Lab is an installation in which people can experiment with flirting in a playful way. Designer Nicky Liebregts and I used to cycle together every month to a farmer to discuss the food system in which the city demands and the farmer delivers. How’s the relationship between these two?
Participation in driving Dutch design
Participation in driving Dutch design came at a good time for us: at the beginning of July we took the step from part-time to full-time entrepreneurship. The tools provided in the master classes have helped us to consciously and actively form our company.
For more information about the masterclasses and the program partners of Driving Dutch Design, visit drivingdutchdesign.nl. You can register for DDD21 from September.