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Billie van Katwijk

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Amsterdam

Biography

Conceptual product designer Billie van Katwijk is fascinated by nature: that endlessly shapeshifting, growing, blooming, dying, sprouting, phenomenon. From these natural cycles all sorts of materials emerge.  Some are treasured (gold, oil, diamonds) while other materials remain unseen or unappreciated. Billie van Katwijk unravels the beauty of these materials. Slaughterhouse-waste becomes a luxury-leather, a residue from the sewer shows its hidden colors when turned into a glaze. Cremation ashes are transformed in a delicate porcelain.

Van Katwijk believes in showing contradictions and taboos, but she doesn’t judge. Her projects seduce people to think and to engage in a dialogue. “My concepts are completed by the user, with his or her own thoughts.”

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Education

Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) 2017

Exhibitions

Bags – Icons and investments

Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel, CH

October 2019 – April 2020

 

Material Connections

The Koppel Project Central

London Design Festival, UK

September 2019

 

Transforming the Future

Provinciehuis Haarlem, NL

September 2019 – January 2020

 

Design Laboratory: Materials and Technology

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, CH

June 2019 – May 2021

 

Design in Public Spaces. Water

Zamek Cieszy, PL

June – September 2019

Press coverage

Dezeen

DAMN

Why Materials Matter Book 

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