Here and There invited designers, storytellers, makers, researchers and educators to exchange information and expertise between artists & producers from the Netherlands & Thailand. Both countries are strongly inspired by traditional crafts, rituals, rich history, and natural resources, therefore the dialogue-based collaboration opened up access to materials, knowledge, and their meanings that have so far been overlooked.
With overall 520 participating designers, 210 total events and 106,554 visitors, Chiang Mai Design Week is a unique event in Southeast Asia. Organised on a yearly basis, it is an occasion for Chiang Mai’s designers, craftspeople, students, creative entrepreneurs, and businesspeople to showcase their new projects and innovations in design. It is also an open space for dialogue, meeting and exchange where Chiang Mai’s design community along with international designers comes together to celebrate the power of creative thinking and design.
We are very grateful to have been supported by sponsors from both Thailand and the Netherlands throughout. The generous contribution of Stimulerings Fonds, Thailand Creative & Design Center - Chiang Mai, The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Nuffic Neso Thailand has made the Here and There program possible and we thank them greatly.
Atelier NL, Bora Hong, Lucas Maassen & Margriet Craens, Nanu Youttananukorn and WANDSCHAPPEN has developed projects in Chiang Mai tackling local issues such as elephant labour in tourism industry, hidden gems of Northern Thai craftsmanship, unhealthy beauty ideal, furthermore experimenting with the untapped potential of bamboo and silk.
The results of 5 projects shows a so far unseen face of Thailand, while applying the world famous Dutch design thinking.
The results of the 5 projects have been exhibited in the international section of Chiang Mai Design Week 2016 (3-11 December). The group show presented ceramics and umbrellas made by elephants, a craft map of Chiang Mai, a textile art installation, elements of a bamboo construction system, and traditional Thai objects after bleaching.
The exhibition also travelled to State of Design, Berlin, between 1-4 June 2017.
Atelier NL, Lucas Maassen&Margriet Craens and WANDSCHAPPEN shared their knowledge in a framework of workshops. Participants who attended ‘Mapping Typology’, ‘Give the Dog a Bone’ and ‘Family Vase’ workshops learned to look at their environment from a different angle and experience the thought process of Dutch designers.
1 round table discussion
Each designer in the program represents an unusual approach in research and making, therefore Here and There initiated an informal event where the process of making have been further discussed.
After the presentation audience was encouraged to ask questions and share their read on the projects, and the event ended up in a very lively dialogue about design and the nature of collaboration.
Thomas Widdershoven, the founder of Thonik graphic design studio and the former creative director of Design Academy Eindhoven, has visited Thailand as the Guest of Honor of Here and There.
As part of Conference at CMDW2016, his presentation “Sense Nonsense” introduced a short historical overview on Dutch Design and explored the interplay of sanity and insanity in innovation, and the role of the ridiculous and the absurd in liberating society and industry from the conventional wisdom that drives it.
1 networking event
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted a networking event at the Bangkok residency on 8th December 2016.
Co-organised with Nuffic Neso Thailand, the aim of the event was to present Dutch Creative Industries in Southeast Asia by gathering alumni students, entrepreneurs, press and business representatives from the Netherlands and Thailand.