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the making of your world

An exhibition about the different roles of designers in an ever more complex world, made of leftover materials

We support animal welfare and oppose gene technology, yet we still consume massive amounts of products that are at odds with these views. We are against child labour and exploitation, yet we can’t resist buying a T-shirt for 5 euros. As users and consumers of the products that make our daily lives more comfortable, we simply find it difficult to take into consideration their social impact. Sometimes we want to, but we don’t know how. More often, however, we have no idea whether products meet the standards that, in theory at least, we expect of them. And that is becoming increasingly difficult in a world where each and every product is the result of hundreds of processes: from mining raw materials to assembling all the separate components into a functioning product. The exhibition The Making of Your World shows how designers can help us better understand what’s at stake.


We co-curated and designed the exhibition. We divided the projects shown into 4 subthemes: loners & networkers, doers & storytellers, simplifiers & visionaries, and entrepreneurs & idealists. The entire exhibition was made of leftover MDF and wood that had previously been used for making the exhibition about the Amsterdamse School at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.






curated by:


graphic design:  

built by: 

many thanks to:

with the generous support of: 

Dutch Design Foundation 


Klokgebouw, Eindhoven 

Bas van Abel 

Bas van Abel, Reinder Bakker, Hester van Dijk,

Tim Vermeulen & Dries van Wagenberg 

De Projectstudio 

Sanne Vos 

Marc Spaapen 

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam,

Kossman. dejong,

Bouwko Landstra & Exposize 

BankGiro Loterij Fonds

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