Jan Boelen ↓

Head of department

Jan Boelen (°1967, Genk) graduated as a product designer at the Media and Design Academy (KHLim), now the LUCA, Campus C-mine, in Genk, Belgium. He currently holds the position of artistic director of Z33, house for contemporary art in Hasselt, Belgium and is Head of the Masters Department Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Commissioned by the Permanent Deputation of the Province of Limburg, Jan Boelen reformed the Provincial Centre for the Visual Arts into Z33, a house for contemporary art.

Since 2002, Z33 has been fashioning projects and exhibitions that encourage the visitor to look at everyday matters in a novel manner. It is a unique laboratory and a meeting place for experiment and innovation where one can discover cutting-edge exhibitions with contemporary art and design. Z33 does not have its own collection of works, but accommodates exhibition shows continuously. In his curatorial work, Jan Boelen has collaborated with Raf Simons, Studio Makkink & Bey, John Körmeling, Thomas Lommée, Dunne & Raby, Marti Guixé, Aldo Bakker, Konstantin Grcic, Joseph Grima, …

In addition to the exhibitions at Z33 – house for contemporary art, Z33 also organizes projects in the open space, as well as projects commissioned by other organizations. At the initiative of Z33 and the Province of Limburg, Manifesta 9 took place in Belgium in 2012. In 2014 Jan Boelen curated BIO50, the 24th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, Slovenia and is currently leading a series of international debates on the future of design.


Dick Van Hoff ↓


Dick van Hoff is part of Vanhoffontwerpen, a design studio that keenly focus on how a product works, the intuitive movements of the user and the enjoyment of use. Functionality, quality and the relationship between the product and the user are of paramount importance. Functionality is more important than aesthetics, but that does not mean form follows function. The designs are icons that capture your heart, often robust in shape, yet reflecting subtle detailing…


Rianne Makkink ↓


Rianne Makkink is a Dutch architect. Together with designer Jurgen Bey, she founded Studio Makkink & Bey in 2002. The studio works in various domains of applied art and includes public space projects, product design, architecture, exhibition design and applied arts. Their ambition is to push the role of the designer expanded to the most strategic function possible.


Eric Klarenbeek ↓


Eric Klarenbeek graduated in 2003 from Design Academy Eindhoven. Since then he has designed for clients such as Droog Design, Marcel Wanders's Moooi, Lidewij Edelkoort, Makkink Bey, Eneco and the Ministry of the Netherlands. He is founder of the ArTechLab at the AKI ArtEZ art academy (www.artechlab.nl).

Together with Maartje Dros, Eric Klarenbeek forms a designers duo concentrating on public space & technology. Their aim is to challenge and explore the use of space by connecting history, crafts and new technologies in archetypical objects to invite and evoke new use of space.


Jesse Howard ↓


Jesse Howard is an Amsterdam-based designer / researcher focusing on creating objects that question the established relationship between designers, producers, and users, and as a result speculate on new systems of making. He graduated from the designLAB at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and holds a bachelors degree in mathematics from Colorado College. Recently, Howard has worked together with Intrastructures and Kirschner 3D, and presented workshops for Thingscon and Arduino’s Casa Jasmina.


Jesse Kirschner ↓


Jesse Kirschner is one half of Kirschner3d, the Netherlands-based studio of two brothers focused on design by 3D printing. Their goal is to replace future visions of the role of 3D printing with present-day realities. By designing 3D-printed parts that can be cheaply printed but parametrically programmed, the far-off concept of accessible, tailor-made objects should arise in the near future.


Thibault Brevet ↓


Born in Lyon, France, Thibault Brevet graduated from ECAL in 2012 with a BA in graphic design and in 2015 with a MA in visual arts. He is developing a practice at the intersection of design, engineering and art. Lives in Zürich and Berlin.


Guus Kusters ↓


Guus Kusters is one half of Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters, which develops autonomous projects and work as exhibition designers and curators. The poetry they find in nature, history, color and landscape are the foundation of their work. They try to translate this into objects, material applications, exhibitions and innovative production methods. Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters exhibited their work among others at Sotheby’s London, Zuiderzeemuseum Enkhuizen, Textielmuseum Tilburg, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam and Design Museum Holon and is acquired by several museums and private collectors.


Brecht Duijf ↓


Brecht Duijf is co-founder with Lenneke Langenhuijsen of Buro BELÉN, a studio working on material and colour concepts in the field of product design, interior design and exhibition design. They have been commissioned by Georg Jensen, Villa Noailles Hyères, Textiellab Tilburg, amongst others; and their work has been exhibited at Textile Museum Tilburg, Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Palazzo Clerici Milano. After graduating cum laude at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Duijf worked for Forbo Flooring, and subsequently established her garment label 18-11-81 (www.18-11-81.com) in 2014. In 2010 she won a Calvijn Classiscs awards, and in 2012 her business was funded by BKVB. Together, Duijf and Langenhuijsen received a subsidy from the DOEN Foundation for 'creative sustainable entrepreneurs'. They currently teach at Design Academy Eindhoven and Artemis Akademie Amsterdam.


Lucas Maassen ↓


Lucas Maassen lives and works in Eindhoven. After studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven he started his career as an independent conceptual designer. His work has been exhibited in museums all over the world such as MoMA New York, Grand Palais Paris, Vitra Design Museum Weil am Rhein, New Museum New York, Taiwan Design Museum Taipei, Museum of Art and Design New York, Centraal Museum Utrecht and the van Abbe museum Eindhoven. Besides his design practice Maassen teaches at the Social Design Master program at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Academy of Art Communication and Design inTilburg.


Judith Seng ↓


Judith Seng investigates our contemporary culture and its materialized manifestations. Her works are poetic yet analytical and span the field between research, experimentation and creation of objects and spaces. Seng’s projects have been exhibited worldwide in institutions such as at the Art Centre Seoul, Carousel du Louvre Paris, Museum fuer angewandte Kunst Cologne, Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, Gesellschaft fuer Kunst und Gestaltung Bonn, Tokyo Art Museum, Museum der Dinge Berlin, MARTa Herford, Appel Design Gallery Berlin, Post Design Gallery Milan, Neumeister Munich, Helmrinderknecht Berlin and the HAU Berlin. Some works can be found within the collection of the Fonds National d'Art Contemporain (FNAC). Editions of her objects are produced by Studio Judith Seng as well as by Industreal, Memphis s.r.l. and CIAV Meisenthal. Seng also teaches and consults for different clients and at international art schools.


Gabriel Ann Maher ↓


Gabriel A. Maher is a designer currently living and working in the Netherlands. With a background in interior architecture, Maher’s practice is essentially focused on relationships between body and structure and an interest in objects and systems. An emerging methodology seeks to create situations where research and design come together in performance. Questioning design and media practices through queer and feminist frameworks has become a core position and approach. Their investigations confront a range of intersectional concerns, which frame concepts of gender, race and class as well as highlight how the body, identity and subjectivity are positioned, organized and managed. Until 2012, Maher practiced and taught interior architecture and design in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. Currently, they are Designer in residence at Iaspis, as part of the international program, in Stockholm.


Michael Kaethler ↓


Michael Kaethler is currently a Marie-Curie research fellow and doctoral researcher at KU Leuven using social epistemology to understand how knowledge works in design and art through the TRADERS program. He is a curator, however explores how curating can be applied outside of conventional exhibition settings. Kaethler’s diverse background includes studies in political science and social anthropology, a masters degree in Slavonic literature and film, and a masters in urban design and spatial planning on human settlement at KU Leuven. Kaethler has spent the last decade in different research positions, primarily in conflict and post-conflict contexts from India to Latin America and Russia. He has worked for a range of small and large organisations including the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and peace-keeping efforts through the UN in Pakistan.


Tamar Shafrir ↓


Tamar Shafrir is a writer and designer based in Rotterdam. She works as a design researcher at Het Nieuwe Instituut and a lecturer on design and critical writing at the Design Academy Eindhoven and the Sandberg Instituut. In 2013, she co-founded the studio Space Caviar with Joseph Grima in Genova.


Fabrizia Vecchione ↓


Fabrizia Vecchione is Exhibition Coordinator at Documenta 14, and is currently based in Athens. Previously, Vecchione served as editor at architectural magazines Mark, Amsterdam (2010–2011) and Domus, Milan (2011–2013). She also worked at OMA, Rotterdam (2013-2017) in projects such as Monditalia, one of the main exhibitions of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; the redesign and content management of the oma.eu website; and media plans for several major project completions. She holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Florence.

Henriette Waal ↓

Department coordinator

Henriette Waal graduated as designer of public space (Design Academy Eindhoven) and interior designer (MIA Sandberg Institute) with a focus on temporary use of vacant property. Since 2013 she teaches at the Master Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Her work ranges from design research to spatial interventions, product design, photography and video, and embarking on the intersection of art, design and critical anthropology. Projects are centered around complex social social issues, our relationship with the landscape, time and each other. From intensive fieldwork on site, Waal designs from within, based on a specific context and its users.