Eindhoven based designer Onno Adriaanse continues to surprise us with an innovating approach to material use. His project ‘Foamed’ is now on display at Hutspot Rotterdam which features furniture made of foam. We visited Onno in his studio to talk about his aesthetic, how he experiments with material and why adding an element of surprise to his work is important.
Hi Onno. What triggered you to become a designer?
I was brought up in a very creative family. My mother owned her own fashion label and my dad ran an art gallery. I remember always being surrounded by creativity and visiting art exhibitions was very important during our upbringing. After graduating from high school, I visited the open day of the Design Academy in Eindhoven. Seeing the work of students, hearing their stories and feeling the creative atmosphere felt inspiring. I share my current workspace with 7 others and creativity is constantly flowing in here. That passion and personal drive inspires me.
You describe your work as a combination of functionality and an emotional experience. Could you explain the emotional side to your work?
I always aim to infuse my work with a surprise element. I find it interesting to see that people tend to categorize materials and their purpose. We tend to only see foam as a weak material, steel as a strong material or concrete as something to build with. By shifting these around, you play with people’s perceptions. For example, I created small cabinets for precious items using two crossed polarizing filters, followed by a PETG plastic sheet. When the user walks around the cabinet, an interesting play of color is exposed.