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photo by Bart Kiggen

_Unfold werd in 2002 opgericht door Claire Warnier (b. 1978, NL) en Dries Verbruggen (b. 1979, B) in Antwerpen.

De multidisciplinaire studio Unfold focuste zich de afgelopen twee decennia op de veranderende rol van de ontwerper in een digitaal tijdperk. De praktijk richtte zich bijgevolg op het ontwikkelen van nieuwe manieren om te creeëren, vervaardigen en distribueren, door een ambachtelijk vakmanschap te combineren met hoogtechnologische productiemethodes. Hun pogingen het digitale weer fysiek te maken zijn gestoeld op een doorgedreven aandacht voor onderzoek, experiment en proces. Naast meer ‘statische’ eindproducten ontwerpt Unfold bovenal ook grondig geteste ‘tools’ die de toekomst innovatief kunnen vormgeven.

 

Ze zijn beiden alumni van de Design Academy (Eindhoven, NL, 2002). Ze houden er ook allebei mentoring- en lesopdrachten op na. Hun werk was eerder te zien in het New Museum (New York, US), Design Museum (Londen, GB), Istanbul Design Biennial (Istanboel, TR) en Z33 House for Contemporary Art (Hasselt, BE) en werd gepubliceerd in onder andere Domus, Dezeen, New York Times en Metropolis Magazine. In 2014 wonnen ze de Henry van de Velde Award voor Jong Talent en in 2017 kregen zij de Award voor Designers van het Jaar. 

tekst door Eline Verstegen

_Unfold was founded in 2002 by Claire Warnier (b. 1978, NL) and Dries Verbruggen (b. 1979, BE) based in Antwerp.

 

Over the past two decades, the multidisciplinary studio Unfold has focused on the changing role of the designer in a digital age. The practice therefore concentrated on developing new ways to create, manufacture and distribute, by combining traditional craftsmanship with high-tech production methods. Their attempts to make the digital physical again are based on unwavering attention to research, experiment and process. In addition to more "static" end products, Unfold also designs thoroughly tested "tools" that can innovatively shape the future. 

They are both alumni of the Design Academy (Eindhoven, NL, 2002). They also both hold mentoring and teaching assignments. Their work has previously been shown at the New Museum (New York, US), Design Museum (London, GB), Istanbul Design Biennial (Istanbul, TR) and Z33 House for Contemporary Art (Hasselt, BE) and was published in among others Domus, Dezeen, New York Times and Metropolis Magazine. In 2014 they won the Henry van de Velde Award for Young Talent and in 2017 they received the Award for Designers of the Year. 

text by Eline Verstegen

 

_Claire Warnier

Graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven, department of Man and Identity in 2002 and received a Master of Arts (M.A.) at the University of Ghent in 2008. Besides Unfold she works as a mentor at the Masters Department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and previously held positions at Colorado State University, USA; LUCA School of Arts, university college of art and design, BE and Z33, art center in Hasselt, Belgium.

 

_Dries Verbruggen

Graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven, department of Man and Living in 2002. Besides Unfold he works as a mentor at the Masters Department at the Design Academy Eindhoven and previously held positions at Colorado State University, USA; LUCA School of Arts, university college of art and design, BE and at the ICT & Media Design department of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, NL.

_exhibitions

Work by Unfold has been presented internationally at museums such as the New Museum, New York (US); Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei (TW); Design Museum London (UK); Museum of Arts and Design, New York (US); Abu Dhabi Art (AE)
; Istanbul Design Biennial (TR); Z33 House for Contemporary Art (BE)
; Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco (US); Jerusalem Museum (IL)
 Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred (US); Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen (NL).

_publications

Work by Unfold has been published internationally in publications such as Hello World: Where design meets life by Alice Rawsthorn; The Belgian Affair, Domus Magazine by Justin McGuirk; Frame Magazine; The Real Thing, essays on making in the modern world by Tanya Harrod; Beyond Architecture; Spacecraft 2; New York Times; International Herald Tribune; The Journal of Modern Craft; Icon Magazine; 3D Printing for Artists, Designers and Makers by Stephen Hoskins; Metropolis Magazine.