Dutch Design Week this year for us was great. With the launch of a new beanbag lounge series designed by Piet Hein Eek from the collection of fabrics that pattern designer Christie van der Haak has woven especially for New Citizen Design.
The fabric is very high quality jacquard woven and fire retardant. They have a long product lifetime and are excellent and eye-catching in (professional) interior designs.
This year’s edition of London Design Fair hosted a Dutch Pavilion for the first time. On the invitation of the Dutch embassy in the UK and under the curation of fair initiator Jimmy MacDonald, New Citizen Design was one of the 21 selected participants of Dutch Stuff on the top floor of Old Truman Breweries, Brick Lane. The launch of TWINS light was well received, Stacked lights were much photographed and visitors loved both design and stories of RAY table and Molly mirrors. All these were presented against an emerald green wall with text about the New Citizen and on a black and white Christie’s Carpet.
New Citizen Design was featured in the August/September 17 Issue for one of its new design products. Design expert Anne van der Zwaag selected our Christie’s Carpet for her Notebook with design tips and news. This vinyl or felt-look carpet is designed by Christie van der Haak, well known from her patterned artworks and her manifestation at Wolfsonian Museum of Art during Art Basel in Miami. Anne van der Zwaag: ‘Would you like to have your own Christie van der Haak artwork? These carpets are a real bargain! very accessible in price and to be used indoors as well as outdoors.’
The annual retail buyers-event Show Up had a special presentation by Sander Wasskink right behind the entrance. Surrounded by painted walls in a pantone spring colour, Stacked Lights were a much-photographed installation and inspiration.
Together with Christie van der Haak, New Citizen Design is turning some of her art patterns into design products. It is Christie’s great wish to open up to a wider public through accessible design products. The vinyl ‘Christie’s Carpet’ is the first in this series of Christie van der Haak for New Citizen Design.
For its design thinking expertise, New Citizen Design was asked to take part in a panel discussion about Spacial Design & Happiness at the New Institute HNI. Architects from ZUS and OMA+AMO wanted to explore the need for a new ‘Ministry’ of Spacial Affairs and kicked off with a session about the possibility to enhance happiness through special design. New Citizen Design has experience with happiness in relation to social as well as tangible design with eg. the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Interior architect Robert van Oostrom has been appointed to design the interior of Paviljoen aan het Water in Ridderkerk in the greater Rotterdam region. New Citizen Design was asked to supply Sander Wassink’s Happy Lights in a tailored colour and a chandelier was designed by Sander to serve as eyecatcher in the central area of the Grand Café. Here’s how a project turns into a new product.
Happy Lights serve as bedside lamps at the Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam and as eyecatcher in Amsterdam restaurant De Kas.
Not only at the Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam do the Happy Lights appear, they are part of the incredible spacious restaurant B Amsterdam as well. And the Twins and Happy lamps both grace some of the spaces at the Singer Laren Museum in Laren.
DDW2016 marked the start of New Citizen Design’s co-operation with designer Sander Wassink and the launch of his second stacked light ‘Happy’. For the occasion, Sander rebuilt his studio into a sunny beach site with a bundle of Happy Lights as centrepiece. New Citizen Design took on its agent role for Stacked, Happy and the Moroccan Alu-Lights and shared Sander’s vision and story with DDW-visitors to Collaboration-O district.
From 3-6 October 2016, Mayor Aboutaleb headed a Rotterdam delegation of selected companies in a trade mission to Dubai, UAE. The economic mission was part of a three-year Memorandum of Understanding between the two cities to further develop their relationship to mutual benefit. New Citizen Design participated in the program with visits to Dubai Silicon Oasis and Abu Dhabi Masdar City and a talk at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce. New Citizen Design’s individual program included Dubai Smart City, Dubai Design District, Dutch Design District Dubai and Dubai Happiness agenda for our design products and design thinking services.