Dockyard design: All ship shape as Object Rotterdam goes nautical

13.02.2015 Object Rotterdam : Nautical Design : Submerged
Pleunie Buyink at Object Rotterdam 2015 Pleunie Buyink at Object Rotterdam 2015
NOMAN and Michael Schoner at Object Rotterdam 2015 NOMAN and Michael Schoner at Object Rotterdam 2015
Lizan Freijsen at Object Rotterdam 2015 Lizan Freijsen at Object Rotterdam 2015

Rotterdam – It was all aboard at Object Rotterdam 2015 as designers and inventors went nautical.

The 2015 Object Rotterdam festival, held on board the iconic SS Rotterdam ocean liner, examined the city’s celebrated industrial shipping heritage. Inside, designers and inventors showed off their creations, inspired by the heavy-duty machinery of the dockyards.

Studio Goof showed its app-controlled Havenlichten lighting, inspired by cranes used to load crates onto freighters, while Dimitri Kruithof continued his use of rugged, heavily welded steel for a series of shelving units and layered chairs.

Architect Bořek Šípek used a softer approach with his glasswork that re-imagined a sailor’s knot work as a striking vase.

For more on ways in which the ocean is inspiring designers, read our Submerged design direction.

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