Sustainable day care

BOAZ COHEN, SAYAKA YAMAMOTO (BCXSY) & TWINKELBEL

Kazerne Lab

In the Kazerne Lab, professional creatives work with different economic sectors in collaborative crossovers which can spark the inspiration for products which respond to current issues.
The sheltered workshop, Twinkelbel, part of the care service provider Lunet, produces ceramics, which they sell to customers in their own gallery outlet. Designers Boaz Cohen en Sayaka Yamamoto (BCXSY) are working with them to develop sustainable products with added value. Together, using familiar materials and techniques, they are devising new products with a revitalised look.


Cross-over Stamppot

Most of the products produced and sold by Twinkelbel could be described as 'naive art': bowls, vases and other household articles decorated with primitively drawn animals and other figurative designs in primary colours. In their Kazerne Lab crossover project, the designers from BCXSY and their clients are taking things a step further together.

It soon became clear that Twinkelbel’s clients have a great affinity with their own traditional Dutch culture. Experimental work with ceramics demonstrated that they responded better to and derived more pleasure from working with recognisable images and shapes rather than abstract designs. For example: they would rather paint an onion on a spherical form than on a rectangular surface. And so the idea for ‘Stamppot’ was born: using the recognisable shapes and images of onions, potatoes and carrots to decorate familiar homewares.

The ‘Stamppot’ concept has been expanded. From mid-September 2014, there will be an instruction manual with new colours and forms. Other sheltered workshops in the Lunet group will be able to use them to produce products with the same enhanced market appeal.

The concept was presented by Spazio Rosanna Orlandi during the Salone del Mobile 2014 in Milan.

Wanted: social entrepreneur

Stamppot has great potential, so we are looking for a socially involved entrepreneur who can work with us to give these products a broader and stronger position in the market.

The instruction manual incorporating the new designs and colour palette is ready. This could be used to produce products such as a unique dinner service, or a range of hand-painted tiles.

The project has more than one objective. The development of a desirable and commercially interesting product. The delivery of and attractive product that the clients can be proud of. Reaching a wider market. The generation of more income for Twinkelbel to help offset recent cuts in the care budget. More opportunities for sheltered workshops and for the clients of Lunet. In short: a contribution to making tomorrow's world a better place to live.

Kazerne Social Design Lab

Thanks to the support of the DOEN Foundation, artists, designers and other creatives will be working on crossover initiatives to discover new solutions for societal issues. Taking a fresh look from a different angle, they will approach current social, cultural and economic issues with the inspiration and new perspectives required to find innovative solutions. This may sound rather high-flown, but it is in fact an extremely practical process.


Credits

Boaz Cohen, Sayaka Yamamotho (BCXSY)
Twinkelbel (Lunet zorg)

Sponsors

BNO
Ruud Balk Photography
Dekkers Communicatie
Rosanna Orlandi

Foundations

Stichting DOEN